|Evenly Balanced, 48"x36"x2", acrylic, Duralar on cradled panel, Mary Zeran c 2012, available|
Something I love about the internet is the ability to look at exhibition installations. I've realized that I tend to have too much work in a space.
With officially a month and a half left until the install date at MAE, I took some time to hang the work on my studio walls. My studio isn't as big as the show space but, this exercise helped me see how the pieces related to each other.
MAE's exhibition space is tricky. It is long and narrow, a shotgun sort of space. Formerly a local drugstore, it has a window at the one end and then a counter at the other. If you look in the window, you eye goes to the back of the space right past the exhibition walls. The walls right by the window need to have something full of drama to call people to step inside.
|Drips and Daubs: Dena Tollefson artist|
I had three personal goals for this show;
1. work larger,
2. use bolder color,
3. include some more traditional collage.
|Drips and Daubs: Mary Zeran artist|
This time around, I am doing something different with the cradled panels. Some of my edges are natural wood instead of painted white. I've included some framed works (3 total). I'm using the black and natural wood to contain the work, hold in the movement. I also hoping the black frames will help add weight to the space and add punctuation on those long walls.
Of course, we all know that we can do a mental layout but...a person never really knows how it is going to turn out until you get the work in the space and actually start hanging. The count of pieces included has been whittled down to around 10-15. Four large scale and then several smaller works. I've included smaller sized pieces to help give a sense of movement.
To read more how to plan an exhibition go to this link on my other blog. Museum curator Sean Ulmer's interview is full of great things to ponder.
In addition, there are some wonderful shots of his museum installations. Looking at the photos of spacing between the larger works is such a great resource.
For a view into a great example of how a gallery hangs work, go to Von Linten Gallery/ NC at this link. Their photos of Yvonne Estrada's show are fantastic. Not only do I love Estrada's work, it is so helpful to be able to see how the pieces have been grouped. Each drawing seems to talk to the one next to it. The grouping of 4 smaller works makes a nice statement and pulls your eye around the corner from the bigger work.