MA Painting Show Interim show
Artist led exhibitions can be difficult beasts due the multitude of different opinions and ideas on curation. In the MA interim show “About Space”, we also had an added dimension in that all the works had a unique discourse. This is unlike many exhibitions that are normally topic driven, have a debate or a theme of enquiry and often have a curator at the helm, although artists still possess a say in how their work is presented.
The MA interim show allowed for me to take my work out of the studio and place it in a gallery context. I was able to reconnect and reassess the work, look for ways in which I might move it forward and find answers that I had overlooked in the studio. It also allowed for me to have a dialogue with the audience and gain other observations in how the work is perceived and what viewers gain from it. I was also able to make crossovers with my peers on MA Painting and open up dialogue between the ideas in my work and theirs.
Through critical debate, analyzing the gallery space and working as a group, we overcame the problems in installing the MA interim show, bringing a harmony to the multitude of ideas and practices. In addressing the issues, the MA interim show allows for all parties to try ideas and develop their personal understanding of curating and exhibition hanging. This also allowed us to make connections with the work of our peers and develop an intertwining thread that we had not considered before.
As part of the process in challenging ideas and developing skills in curation, artist Simon Callery offered feedback on his thoughts of the show and some insight into his ideas on hanging and curation. Callery was quick to point out the harmony within the gallery space. He explained that harmony is not a bad thing but that we could have potentially considered other possibilities, used the opportunity to push the boundaries and asked questions of the gallery and that of curation. He also suggested that we attempt experimentation and consider different options in how works relate to one another, for example displaying contrasting images to present audiences with something new and unfamiliar.
About Space was considered and fair in how the works were placed and arranged to allowing equal attention to all student contributors, however Callery’s suggestions are beneficial for reflection and consideration for future exhibitions. We had over a hundred visitors and on the whole I was very pleased with the outcome and aims of the show.