Exhibitions are often appreciated in their final outcome – and as they should! The exhibition is a platform for artists to showcase their most recent works in a formal environment. But underneath all the celebration and champagne glasses clinking together on opening night, an exhibition is constructed upon a number of stages made up by the efforts of the Directors, Art Consultants and Artists to bring all components and ideas to life!
If you were fortunate enough to take part in the opening celebrations of the exhibition ‘I Know Why The Cage Bird Sings’, you may of noticed the vibrant artworks by Felicia Aroney. The creation of her exhibition was such an enjoyable experience that we felt the need to share with you as Tusk Gallery unveils the steps behind the creation of her show with us last October.
The initial idea
Discussions for possible exhibitions can begin between 6 – 12 months before a show. It is most often in conjunction with a new body of work from one or more of our artists. Seeing as our shows exclusively feature artists we represent, it is extremely important for the Tusk Team to continuously keep in contact with all of these artists in order to receive regular updates on their practices.
Once Tusk Gallery is aware that there are possible new bodies of work, most often there are artists overlapping with the creation of new pieces and group shows can be formed. Seeing as our space is significantly large, this allows us showcase 4 artists at the one time! It is a perfect opportunity for the gallery to exhibit more artists throughout the year.
It may not seem too important but gathering details is vital to the success of any show. This includes a great deal of communication between Artist and Art Consultant, including finalisation of artist statements and CVs along with all artwork specifics and images . All these details are used for many purposes including online publishing, marketing and the production of catalogues.
Pink Peonies and Yellow Bellied Robin, 100 x 100cm, oil and acrylic on canvas
There are many techniques and methods to installing an exhibition. With all these in mind, at Tusk Gallery, our fundamental goal when hanging works for a show is to utilize the space to achieve a visually appealing flow throughout the gallery and of course – to respect the artwork which the artists have worked so hard to produce.
The hang is a visual process. Every work is considered for its colour, size and subject matter and at times can seem like a jigsaw as the Tusk team will layout all the pieces and place them in their correct positions. This can be at times a very long process but every time, without fail, there is always an appropriate position for them all.
Of course, each hang is always going to de different as it is dependent on what theme is to be conveyed. As you can see from these images, Felicia Aroney’s last body of work was a collection of smaller and larger pieces. This allowed the Tusk Team to create an interesting flow by using the smaller works to break up the larger pieces which worked well with Aroney’s subject matter.
There you have it! – a small insight into a massive component of Tusk Gallery. In recent years, Tusk Gallery have held many of their exhibitions in the South Yarra location although in conjunction with the recent Camberwell renovations, we look forward to a possible 2016 exhibition in our new renovated location at 76 Harold Street, Camberwell. Make sure to come visit to see the new space and to see some of Felicia’s latest work from her October exhibition!
Day Dreamer, 80 x 80cm, oil and acrylic on canvas