Showing posts with label Spaces We Inhabit. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Spaces We Inhabit. 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, March 22, 2015

Art Exhibition Themes

Setting up an art exhibition quite often begins by choosing a theme.  A theme can serve to tie all of the included works together.  It usually explores a particular concept or idea.  



I am a member of the artists group FUSEDChicago.  For our first group show of the year, Textual Encounters at ARC Gallery in Chicago, we exhibited works that are inspired by the written word.  My textural reference was a quote from the artist Jasper Johns:  “One likes to think that one anticipates changes in the spaces we inhabit, and our ideas about space.”

For this exhibit I wanted to include some of the columns from my sculpture "Spaces We Inhabit".  These 15 feet high sculptures were designed to be hung from the ceiling, enabling visitors to walk among them but I was unable to do so in this space.  So I adapted and installed 7 of the columns with this wall hanger.
 

 
"Spaces We Inhabit", ARC Gallery

I have been in art exhibitions that use an art medium as a means to tie the work together.  Big Bad Wax at the Mount Dora Center for the Arts in Mount Dora, Florida was a juried exhibit of works by 36 nationally acclaimed artists that incorporated the medium of wax.

My sculpture "Place" hanging on the wall at the Mount Dora Center for the Arts

Some exhibitions are created through a collaborative effort.  University galleries work with an academic department to create an interesting and educational exhibit.

 
"Vessel 24", Koehnline Art Museum


Call and Response: From Artemisia to Frida at the Koehnline Museum of Art in Des Plaines, Illinois was created in collaboration with the Oakton Community College's Women's and Gender Studies Program.  This juried art exhibit included artwork by "prominent lacal and naitional women artists...that respond in ways that honor, critique or expand upon techniques and content of groundbreaking female "master" - past and present."  My encaustic and fiber vessel series paid homage to Dat So La Lee, a renowned American Indian basket weaver.

"Passages", Swope Art Museum

Many art organizations include an annual art exhibit in their exhibition calendar.   The Swope Art Museum in Terre Haute, Indiana has had an annual juried exhibition for 70 years.  This annual event includes the work of artists from Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Kentucky and Ohio.


 

Friday, January 16, 2015

Transformed Spaces




I was thrilled to have had the opportunity for my first solo exhibition this past December.


My show Transformed Spaces consisted of two sculptural installations; Infinite Possibilities and The Spaces We Inhabit.  It considered the symmetry of the urban landscape and explored the physical and mental boundaries of the public and private spaces we inhabit.  


 Infinite Possibilities is a wall installation consisting of 30 unique wall cubes, each utilizing similar and familiar materials yet each recognizing its own distinctive space.  Spaces We Inhabit is an installation of a dozen, twelve foot high columns of encaustic and fiber sculptures created by altering 2-dimensional paintings.  This transformation acknowledges another kind of space; one of visual repetitiveness and change. 
 

Transformed Spaces was installed in the Art on Armitage Gallery window December 1, 2015 and was up throughout the month.  I was lucky enough to have the assistance of my husband Doug.  He did all of the ladder work, installing the ceiling hooks which held the sculptural columns. 


I had laid out the cubes of the wall installation Infinite Possibilities days earlier in my studio but found that once I was at Art on Armitage,  I ended up playing around with the final layout which involved popping outside a number of times in order to get the over all feeling of the piece. 

 


ART ON ARMITAGE is a window gallery in Chicago that brings art out of the confines of the traditional art gallery and into the realm of the public.

Many thanks to all of you who were able to see my show and thank you to Mary Ellen Croteau at Art on Armitage for this opportunity.  

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