Cosmic Songs: Designing a Solo Show

The director visited my art studio several months ago. Right after she left, I wrote down the titles of the art works she liked. This gave me the overall feeling of this show. She didn’t select the exact pieces and left that to me for my solo show. I gave her a working title. Having an art show at a women’s center delighted me.

Six weeks before the show, I visited the space. I try to do this whenever possible. I get a sense of the light, the color of the walls, and where the doors and windows are located. I have one room with three solid walls and the surprise of being able to hang work in a wall of windows. We decided on the postcard image and I offered a new title. This title will be used and was inspired by new works I created for this show. The new title also helped me to select the art works.

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Measurements in hand, I went home to design the show. I like to throw the fiber paintings on the floor so I can step away and imagine the work on the wall. This involves lots of rearranging. I want the work to converse across the room, have harmony, and contrasts. I look at color, pattern, and subject matter. I also thought about the location of a women’s center and the concept of “Cosmic Songs: the Stars Sing.” I found I needed some large pieces to set off the smaller ones. Semi-sheer panels will hang in the windows drawing people into the rest of the show. The show will hang in October and I hope this show will bring others to a cosmic place where stars sing (they do make sound).

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~ by fiberverse on August 22, 2014.

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