I think that I have been looking forward to the Exhibition Printing class ever since learning about it when I first started at the Art Institute. The purpose of this class is to prepare and host an art exhibition show. It was up to my classmates and myself to make sure that all the details were covered, with the guidance of my instructor.
The first area that we had to decide on was a theme for the show. We were able to narrow it down to three topics: emotion, chaos, and the elements. After voting, elements won the vote, and we named the show “E7 Seven Elemental Visions”. The seven was due to there being seven students in the class.
Next, we had to find a place to hold our show. I think this was the most difficult part of the whole process. Each of us were responsible for contacting at least four different locations. Due to the time of year (holiday season), it took us awhile to find a place as most places have been booked for a while. Finally, we were contacted by Mantle Art Space. It was a great space with more than enough room for all of our work.
Because of the topic, I decided to shoot for the show during my San Diego trip (read about that here). I selected five images from the trip to show. I then had to decide on how to present, and figure out which medium to use. After printing on different types of paper, I preferred the photo rag paper from Hahnemuhle. I wanted something different, I didn’t want to go with a typical frame. I opted to mount the paper onto a 16x20 wood panel that I was able to purchase from Jerry’s Artarama.
We all met at Mantle Art Space on the morning of the opening to install our work. My classmates and I went back later that evening for the opening, to meet the visitors and make any minor changes. On December 8th, we had the final closing reception. I think we were all pleasantly surprised by the amount of people who came to the gallery. It was a really great turn out, and everyone had a great time.
Overall, it was an indescribable experience. I couldn’t have asked for better people to have done this with. This is just the beginning, I would love to do this again in the future. So be on the lookout.