Hanging a show is a big task. How the works are seen in relation to each other, the flow and the arrangements are all important. I was blessed with having them all find their place with little effort; that doesn’t happen easily, especially when there are different mediums and sized artworks to display. I hung the show prioritizing the visual integrity of the artworks weighing up: size, medium, appearance and mood of each artwork and NOT guided by a lineal, strictly progressive, story telling approach.
Each artwork had a significant description placed on the wall next to it. Either a caption that was the storyteller’s voice or something about the art process with more of the artist’s voice. Each piece was treated as having the whole story within in it and operated on its own merit. I included a large bio and an introduction to the show on the walls, at the entrance and towards the back of the space, giving visitors a context for the show. They were also treated to live story telling when a willing audience gathered. This became a great way to deeply connect people to the tale and allow further musings and interest in the artworks to develop.
I have videos I’ll post soon of me telling the story during my Artist Talk on the first Sunday and one of opening night, the speech and the mishaps that still didn’t stop the evening feeling perfect.