Monday, June 02, 2008

Final Exhibition

Today was the first exhibition meeting. We had the chance to have a look at the room and try to sort out a spot. There is quite a lot of work to do. The room is not ideal but once the fittings are taken down off the walls and we have had a chance to tidy up and paint it, it should be fine.

However it does leave me pondering the physical form of the exhibition. In my mind as I made the work I was thinking of something linear. Obviously with only about 12 foot of wall there is not room for every image shot, not even for the 15 or so fine prints. I also need to make some space for explanation and maps to help people see what this is all about.

The frames I bought are 20" x 16" so I think I will only be able to display 4 or 5 of them in a row. I could put them up 2 deep but I am not keen on that idea. My present plan is to put the framed prints in a line and to display small contact prints beneath them and thereby be able to describe the full extent of the route.

The small prints are very detailed and it would be nice if I could find a way to display them which also let people pick them up and look at them close up. I will have to get thinking.

I ran into yet another snag - one of the joys of traditional processes. The blades of the enlarging easel are not at perfect right angles. This doesn't show up at first glance but when I matted the prints I thought that the mat was not square and it looked untidy. When I checked I found it was the print not the mat that was out. This can be cured by matting onto the image to hide the edge. Pat got me some black core mount board so I will cut some test mats this evening to see if they look ok cut onto the image or if I need to spend a day reprinting. I had wanted a small white border between the image and the line of the mat but... unless I double mat ... more thoughts.

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