I collected my first A1 size exhibition print yesterday from Falmouth University’s PhotoLab.
I am extremely pleased with the photo choice, cost and quality.
Plumping for the Hahnemuhle Photo Rag option (first recommended by module tutor Wendy McMurdo, so thank you), it is beautiful to the touch and to the eye.
I feel it provides the appropriate depth of colour for my work, almost adding a 3D effect in parts.
To try to get a sense of the size of the image as it will be in my gallery spaces, and to test out the magnetic hanging system I have chosen (Good Hangups), I have attached the print to the wall at the top of my stairs at home – as shown in the iPhone shots below.
The hanging system is very versatile and not distracting from the image, while the weight of the paper is perfect to create a flushness to the wall.
I am now in the process of ordering further A1 prints, although I am going to potentially mix these with other smaller sizes that will be framed.
My first venue, Mount Pleasant Eco Park, has not held exhibitions before, and the space is not laid out as a gallery; it’s a cafe/workshop space. The walls are a peachy hue at present, but I am going to ask if they are able to paint the one wall white. This will also limit the amount of room I have for display.
I will be developing which images I plan to use at this show in the next week.
I am viewing this show as mini-exhibition prior to my show with The Fish Factory. This is not to diminish its importance, or the effort I will make to secure a success, it’s simply a recognition that it is a first for the venue and has to operate as a cafe once the opening night is over.
Although I have move away from working with cyanotype for this particular project, I have made previous work with this process as part of it.
Therefore, I am still considering creating a cyanotype installation element at my show with The Fish Factory as there is ample room and freedom to change the space to suit.
One new idea I have, inspired in part by the work of Maya Rochet and the exhibition Shape of Light at the Tate Modern, is to use images of cathodoluminescence across the white walls of the Fish Factory.
In my podcast with geologist Dr. Beth Simons, she mentioned that my brightly coloured pieces were reminiscent of this tool for studying geological samples.
Here’s part of one of my latest images, and below is a cathodoluminescent image. See what you think.
Cathodoluminescence for geology. Delmic. Available at: http://www.delmic.com/cathodoluminescence-geology [accessed May 15]
Rochet, Maya. Available at: http://www.mayarochat.com/ [accessed May 15]
Shape of Light. Tate Modern. Available at: http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/shape-light [accessed May 15]