Art in context

Thank heavens for blokes with tools in their car boot. A massive help at an exhibition hanging yesterday. It was happening in a medical centre and we were surrounded by people waiting to see their GP. So what’s this about? Context really.

Hanging in a non-traditional space has its own particular problems. You have probably experienced it yourself. It’s all about improvising with tools and equipment, working around obstructions, seats and corners. Among the artworks in this show are some beautiful large pieces which will give the waiting clientele lots of pleasure and perhaps catch the eye of people who can afford to buy.

Last year I submitted a largish seascape (40x120cm). There was early hope of a sale when it was chosen by a doctor to hang in her consulting room. In the end, it turned out to be just a free rental. For this show I submitted two very small landscapes rather than a seascape. The outcome? They are completely dwarfed by larger pieces which somehow feel more significant. It will take a very discerning eye to see their particular charm!

The moral of the story? It’s all about accepting the unexpected. And about feeling okay when your work doesn’t really fit. The show is not yet open, so there is still hope.

In the meantime, I have a really large piece on the go – 100x100cm. Will post a couple of progress pics.

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