“Dual Action”, the New England Print Faculty Invitational that I’ve been working on for the past few months opened this week at the Jewett Art Gallery at Wellesley College. I installed the exhibition last Thursday with the help of several dedicated Wellesley College students. We started unpackaging the work at 9am and I finished the last of the vinyl letters on the wall at 5:45pm. I’ve always thought that installing a gallery exhibition requires “invisible work”- the work can be very tedious and requires great attention to detail, but if hung well looks seamless and easy.
Group exhibitions always present a challenge in terms of arranging the works in a fluid and cohesive manner; you aim to highlight the diversity and range of works represented, but at the same time the work has to be arranged in a way that pieces relate and flow together. It’s also important to balance between smaller, more intimate works with the larger and bolder pieces. The smaller works can get easily swallowed by the larger ones while the large pieces can seem out of place if they’re not balanced well with other pieces. With the three walls of the gallery, I arranged the exhibition with a “color wall”, a “monochromatic wall”, and a “black and white wall”, allowing each to transition slowly into the other.
The exhibition runs through March 29, with an opening reception on Wed., March 18 from 5-7pm.