When you graduated, did you have any experience in the New York art scene? None. I was really idealisticâ€”I was hoping to plug right into the gallery/artist scene [laughs]. So did you show up with a little portfolio under your arm and knocking on doors? No, I saved myself that shame and embarrassment. I got some really good advice from a friend in the art world. He suggested that I work at an art gallery to see the business side of things, so I did. What was your experience like at the gallery? I worked as a gallery intern, actually. I was surprised to realize soon after I started that I had a sincere interest in business. The gallery was also ahead of the curve with their technology. They had just bought the system directly from IBM for a tremendous amount of money. It was a bold move for a small business in 1993. While I was there, the server crashed and so the gallery was in a bind. OK, what operating system was the server running? It was running Novell 3.1, and I had never, ever seen a Novell operating system. The hard drive had crashed, the server was down, and no one could fix it, so I saw an opportunity. I was already spending way too much time in computer shops in Chinatown, so I went down and bought some parts. I was locked in the gallery with the artwork from Saturday night until Monday morning, and managed to fix the server.
The Art World and the World Wide Web. Essays, Interviews and Case Studies.