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[spam] re: how many pieces for gallery show

updated wed 19 jul 06


Marie E.v.B. Gibbons on mon 17 jul 06

Here is my 2 cents on the subject
More is not always better, Less can be more. Always be willing to
"edit down"
The work should fit the space and the feel comfortable with the
grouping you present. Too many times I see artists fill a room for the
sake of taking up the space.
It ends up looking like a 'sale' not a gallery exhibit.
Typically I will bring all the work that I think should be shown, set
the show, and then look to see how it feels. Are there pieces that
don't really belong?
Are there pieces that offer no more than just another piece? Adding to
much and creating clutter and taking away from the power of the series.

take those away

Best of luck with your show!
marie gibbons
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On Jul 17, 2006, at 8:52 PM, Snail Scott wrote:

> At 08:55 AM 7/17/2006 -0400, you wrote:
>> I have my first solo gallery show coming up in September...I am
>> wondering
> how much I should put into this space.
> Hard to say. Some work needs more space than
> others, even when sizes are similar. For a
> relatively large space like that, consider
> clustering or grouping work rather than having
> a very even (and monotonous) spacing around
> the room. A set or series of very similar work
> can be clustered, and will look better that
> way than all shown individually, while very
> unique pieces will need their own space.
> Consider varying the height of the pedestals
> in a group.
> Bare space tends to convey a sense of
> specialness to objects, though it shouldn't
> look so sparse as to be visually boring. Too
> many objects can seem flea-markety, as though
> these things are a dime-a-dozen and easily
> replaced by more of the same.
> You can ask the gallery to keep a few works
> in back, to show to interested buyers. Makes
> a buyer feel privileged, to see stuff that's
> not on public display. And it's a way to
> offer more for sale without crowding the
> gallery space. Also, these back-room objects
> could be taken home immediately, instead of
> getting a red sticker and waiting 'til the
> show comes down. Gives the gallery more
> flexibility, especially for their regular
> or known buyers.
> Although I understand why the gallery would
> prefer wall-hugging work, it can make a show
> much more memorable and eye-catching to have
> a few works in the middle, especially if you
> have any that really work best in-the-round.
> A grouping of several pedestals will be less
> vulnerable to accidents, and give visual
> weight to what might otherwise seem like a
> 'stranded' object in the middle. But...
> If they want to put the wine and snacks in the
> center of the room, leave it to them. Keep
> plenty of room between art and food. Work
> placed too close to doorways is also at risk
> of being overlooked or bumped. When you install,
> visualize the space full of people, and imagine
> where they will congregate. Ask the gallery if
> you're not sure.
> And don't have more pieces than they have
> lights. Underlit work detracts from the whole
> show.
> -Snail
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