Hanging my work – Eye Level and the scale of my work

When exhibiting my work there are many different aspects I need to think about including the space, the colour and mood, the lighting and where to place my work on the work.

EYE LEVEL 

When visiting exhibitions and museums, it is obvious that curators have taken where on the wall to display the artwork. Mostly, it is clear the curation has placed the work at ‘eye level’ which as suggested by the ‘Exhibition Walls Company’ is to ensure the viewing to comfortable in order for the viewer to enjoy the work. Why has art make you feel comfortable? Isn’t that a factor many contemporary artists take into account? Producing art which highlights issues in society such as Ai Wei Wei’s “Names of the Student Earthquake Victims Found by the Citizens’ Investigation, 2008-11 (injket print)” (installation view at the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington D.C.) and depict one’s through such as Tracey Emin’s My Unmade Bed’ 1997. These are both examples of how art is used to inform but also encourage the viewer to think and emotionally response to the work.

Where the art is hung in the space plays a factor which will alter the depiction on the viewer. This is something I am taking into account with my exhibition before Covis-19 but also with ArtSteps as the alternative.

LARGE SCALE DRAWINGS 

Increasing the size of my drawings and photographs on ArtSteps has been a huge benefit for my work. Increasing the size has enhanced the impact on the audience. Along with the small scale films in a grid form and the large scale drawings and photographs, the exhibition has been broken up to form a more diverse show. I decided to increase the size of the charcoal drawings because the images are smaller than the real pieces but, also because the white canvas behind the art was less obvious. This canvas is a problem I encountered when using ArtSteps but I feel have been able to find a solution which does not fix but helps to reduce the problem. Even after editing out the background on Photoshop, I still ended with this canvas. I have had to work with the issue but feel I have still been able to produce a strong submission.

Author: ninasartspace

Based in Cardiff studying Fine Art at the Metropolitan University. Originally from East Sussex. The career goal is Art Therapy with adults who suffer from PTSD and other mental issues which affect so many of us on a daily basis.

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