A recent fascination with the way one can hang or instal art - whether it be at home or in a gallery type situ has ensued.
I've even created a pinterest board dedicated to ideas and curation.
This interest may well have been sparked by my recent spate of home decorating which I could no longer avoid (repairs, repairs) making me think how art/home are often an extension of one and the other. And partly because everything at home got jumbled up, moved around and I had to re-think everything!
How might we marry the two, interior style - which is a reflection of ourselves and our lives - with art-hanging - moving outside the usual framed image or canvas hung flat on a wall at eye height?
Art, for me, ultimately holds the greatest power in asking questions of the viewer, or evoking re-consideration of a topic, and pointing to new (without being didactic) possible answers or thought/s. How can this be reflected in the hanging or installation of said art-work in that case?
I've long been intrigued by where art can meet 'life' and alternative ways and places to show art other than galleries.
Alternative ideas for art installation at home:
:: How can we project images (walls) or showreel images on monitors/screens? It doesn't just have to be TV that plays moving image at home! Possibilities: nestled amongst shelves, on walls, high up, floor or ceiling based, housed within another object.....
:: How could sculptures be interwoven with our furniture arrangement? hanging; floor-based; projecting from the wall?
:: A series of photographs or prints hung in wooden-clamp clothes hangers - what other similar household objects could hold prints on a wall? - clipping works to wire hangers? bulldog clips on nails? clipboards?
:: I'm currently developing a wall of paper based works hung with chrome magnets at home (loving magnet expert) allowing for easy rotation/change of works when required. The photo above is of a piece by my daughters friend. There are craft magnets blu-taced to my wall behind, just in case you're wondering. An alternative would be to paint a wall with magnetic paint
:: A series of small shelves with front facing displays with books, magazines, canvases, framed pieces, prints, photos etc. I've made shelves before with bits of wood from the local DIY shop, then painted white and attached to a wall
:: A stack of posters, images, prints in a room. I like the idea someone can take one each time they visit
:: A single protruding shelf for small 3D sculptures with nothing else on there, or small blocks of wood as plinths for small prints, photos, other - which could be arranged on multiple surfaces at home
:: Another simple idea is leaning framed prints or canvases up against the floor, on tables or on shelves, rather than hanging straight on wall
:: The temporary nature of taping to the wall seasonal collections, or small works in progress would be good for this - especially now that washi tape seems so popular (you can get it in black too!)
:: If feeling brave there is always the option of art done directly on to walls - a sense of permanency rather than temporal
And I leave you with the thought that you could make your very own installation art piece - a personal oasis? - at home ;)
I'm sure there are many more ideas. If you have any, do leave in comments below, and if I come up with them, I may add here......
Oh, and thought I'd share my latest discovery; artist/illustrator massimo nota - yum!