Showing posts with label Hairpin Arts Center. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Hairpin Arts Center. Show all posts

Monday, May 9, 2016

Installing An Art Exhibition


Installing an art exhibition can be a fun and creative endeavor but it also requires A LOT of hard work.  

Installing a show is a true labor of love.  It involves an eye for balance and harmony.  
Deciding where a piece of art should be placed in an exhibit space is as important as the work itself.  


 

Once a preliminary overview of what will be included in the exhibition is made, an initial placement of the works is made.   This helps to visualize how the show will look once it is hung. 


A relationship of color and form is considered when determining the placement  of art in a space.


 It is essential that there is breathing room so that each work can be individually appreciated. Another thing that is often essential is a ladder!  

Some installations have unique challenges attached to them.  

 

The ceiling height and duct work at ARC Gallery in Chicago required me to come up with an alternate way to hang the columns in my piece Spaces We Inhabit


Amy Van Winkle and I had to come up a number of alternate design plans when installing our collaborative art exhibition The Paths We Choose.  The existence of a cement wall and a metal door in our space required us to change the way we hung the 500 piece joint work.


Please share any additional insights into the installation of an art exhibit including tips, tales and lessons learned!




Sunday, June 8, 2014

Spaces We Inhabit part two



In my last post I talked about my preparation for the exhibit "Spaces We Inhabit" and the two sculptural installations I created for this show.  This post is a collection of images from the exhibition.  


  
"Spaces We Inhabit" at the Hairpin Arts Center, Chicago.


               
Me with my installation Spaces We Inhabit.  It consisted of 7 ceiling-hung columns, each 15' long.  The cubes themselves vary in size from 1.5"x1.5"x1.5" to 4.5"x4.5"x4.5".


                                          
Infinite Possibilities on the wall to the left.  The Power of Place and Make No Little Plans on pedestals.  On the wall - two paintings by Mary Zeran between two paintings by Emily Rutledge.


 
Moving Day on the wall to the left, Place on the pedestal, paintings by Emily Rutledge on the wall and a peek of my installation Spaces We Inhabit between the wall and column.

 
Emily Rutledge (left) and Mary Zeran.



 
The 7 columns of Spaces We Inhabit .


 
A detail shot of Spaces We Inhabit.



 
This side of the display walls are viewable from the street and include three paintings in the foreground by Emily Rutledge and a painting by Mary Zeran.  Two columns of Spaces We Inhabit are visible at the end.


 
Make No Little Plans on the pedestal and Infinite Possibilities on the wall in the background.


 
The artists of "Spaces We Inhabit" - myself, Mary Zeran and Emily Rutledge.


Four of my sculptures were displayed on pedestals.

Indecision

Place

     The Power of Place

Make No Little Plans





Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Spaces We Inhabit


 
Back in November of 2013, artists Mary Zeran and Emily Rutledge approached me with the idea of putting together a proposal for an exhibition of our work.  What evolved was “Spaces We Inhabit: Sculptures and Paintings by Alicia Forestall-Boehm, Emily Rutledge and Mary Zeran” at the Hairpin Arts Center in Chicago.  I was familiar with Hairpin having exhibited my encaustic and fiber Vessels in the center’s inaugural exhibition “Come Together”.  
 
Vessel 12, Vessel 14, Vessel 20 on shelves to the right.
Mary Ellen Croteau's work to the left
Come Together, Hairpin Arts Center
 
It is a beautiful light-filled windowed space situated in a historical building in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. In my last blog post "Winter Exhibition News" I mused about turning a new wall hanging sculpture, “Place”, into a multi-piece installation.
 
100+ feet of cotton rope for my ceiling hung sculpture, Spaces We Inhabit

 
My vision of the a multi-columned hanging sculpture was just the challenging project that would amply fill the long cold Chicago winter days.  And this is how my ceiling hung installation “Spaces We Inhabit”, named after the exhibit that inspired its creation, came to be.  In addition, I wanted to create a wall installation of 25 unique cubes.  Each cube began with a 3.5”x3.5”3.5” wooden cube form.  The materials for the cubes ranged from encaustic to fiber to paper, twine and wire. 
 
Cubes, in progress, for Infinite Possibilities
 
I entitled this work “Infinite Possibilities” as each cubes’ unique design stemmed from paintings and sculpture that I had made in the past.  The small size of my studio, which would likely be described as “cozy” in the real estate world, slowly shrank as each column and cube was completed. 
 
Pile of columns!
Detail of columns of
Places We Inhabit
 
As the drop off date for the exhibition approached I began to ask myself if I had bitten off more than I could chew with the decision to create two new large-scale sculptural installation works!  My initial plan to create 7, 15” columns was achieved but “Infinite Possibilities” shrank to 15 cubes.  While the final number of cubes made my plan of a grid-design impossible, I was very happy with the resulting asymmetrical installation.

 
 
“Spaces We Inhabit: Sculptures and Paintings by Alicia Forestall-Boehm, Emily Rutledge and Mary Zeran” at the Hairpin Arts Center, Logan Square, Chicago.  May 9-June 8, 2014
 Opening Reception: Friday, May 9th, 6-9pm