Originally Posted by MurrayMinchin
That is really interesting, and a great observation. Seems like an engaging way to add to the experience of an exhibit. The conveyor belt observation is spot on.
When I did an exhibit of 8x10 contact prints, people moved right by, usually not getting close enough to really see all that the prints offered.
One thing I did observe (these were every day persons, not familiar with contact printing) was that a few people that leaned closer to see something a bit better, then they would get a funny look on their face and get closer and closer, some with their nose almost on the print, and at that point you would hear them say, very quietly, "Wow."
I would say to Alex to print each the appropriate size, and vary the hangings so as to engage people in the manner you have observed.
Yeah. Papagene told me that an exhibition is like a story; it has a beginning, and end, and punctuation in between. When I did my first exhibit, I tried to follow that advice but hung the 11x14s all together. It seemed to make sense at the moment, but there was also a long wall of 8x10s which induced the "conveyor belt syndrome" that Murray was talking about.
Originally Posted by JBrunner
More to this than meets the eye, in order to engage the eye, isn't there?
I think it very much depends on the kind of work you are presenting. Don't force work that needs to be different sizes into a one-size-fits-all configuration, but by the same token, if the body of work makes the most sense all one size, don't force it the other way either, just to break up a rhythm. I don't think there is a single rule about image size in a gallery show. For me, because I tend to make photographs that work in a narrative fashion, I display them all the same size. If your images are non- linear narrative, put up what you feel is best for each image.
The 'photographers rule' about printing and framing to the same size comes more from a reasonable suggestion of economy than anything else- if you print, mat and frame to the same size consistently, you can recycle your mats and frames from show to show, and you don't have to reframe everything for each exhibit, and more importantly, you don't have to store dozens of frames and mats in your house. And if you hadn't noticed, framing (even when you do it yourself) is EXPENSIVE.
Yeah, i agree that a photograph has an inherently "correct" size. For my first exhibition two months ago i printed 18 11x14s and 2 20x24s, half were b&w, half color. I printed 11x14 simply because i could not afford all 20x24s.
Nearly everyone who saw the show said they wished i had printed larger. The smaller size just didnt quite fit the images.
Originally Posted by Alex Hawley
Let me know when you are back in town to check out the bank walls...
One thing I remember from the interior, it isn't set up like a traditional gallery space with long open walls. There are a few places where you can put three or 4 11x14s together. But there are also several smaller walls/spaces where one print would fill the area.
As to the still-life as a punctuation mark, tall and thin would do that. But to me, if there isn't at least one other one in a similar aspect ratio, it might look like an orphan.
If you print it tall and thin, got anything else that can print same aspect ratio but rotated 90 degrees?
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Yeah Scott, I know how it feels!
Originally Posted by TheFlyingCamera
Thanks Rob. I may be able to get there next Monday.
Originally Posted by rwyoung
I may be able to have three or four still lifes that I can vary the size and aspect ratio with.
Beautiful girl 6 foot tall
Beautiful girl 5 foot 2 inches
That's how I see it.
I've been surprised by some "masterpieces" that were very small..that I had thought of as being monumental
I haven't read each post but I'd say philosophically: Go For The Bold.
In an exhibit people are expecting to see art, not pictures. The little, tiny and intimate images may work quite well in that type of setting but in a bank bigger is better.
Looking at the the thumbnail I'd first consider using a whole sheet of 11X14 and leave 2-3 inches at the top and bottom and let the background bleed into the paper without a trace of crop line.
Window mount 1/4 inch on four sides using 16x20 mat board. Frame it in the cheapest 16x20 frame you can find.
Just my $.02
Does that mean you were at the frame shop going out of business auction Sunday in Topeka??
HAH! No Mike, didn't know anything about it.
Originally Posted by mikebarger
Bruce, very good suggestion and thanks.