Removing Dual Action/Installing Patrick Earl Hammie March 31, 2009Posted by claralieu in Installing Exhibitions.
Tags: exhibition, faculty, gallery, male figure, oil painting, printmaking, prints, wellesley college
We had a packed day in the gallery today which resulted in a dramatic transformation of the gallery space. It’s always amazing to me how much a space can re-invent itself depending on the nature of the work inhabiting the gallery. In the morning we quickly took down “Dual Action: New England Print Faculty Invitational” in anticipation of installing “Patrick Earl Hammie: Equivalent Exchange” in the afternoon. I like the contrast between these two exhibitions; “Dual Action” was a large group show of 42 artists which exhibited an enormous range of diversity in terms of both media, scale, and subject matter while “Equivalent Exchange” shows the work of one artist working in a focused series of figurative oil paintings depicting the male nude.
“Dual Action” is removed from the gallery early this morning.
Patrick and I started planning for this exhibition many months ago, and all of our preliminary work and preparation made for an very smooth installation throughout the day. All of his paintings are large scale oil paintings, measuring 8′ x 6′. He has a specific sequence for the paintings which move from left to right in the gallery. We discussed the spacing of the paintings at great length and spent some time in the later part of the morning talking about various options for hanging the work. With the help of Patrick and several dedicated work study students throughout the day, we went through all of the various tasks of the exhibition. The large scale of the paintings makes for a densely filled gallery space, which I think works perfectly with the nature and presence of his paintings. This Thursday, April 2, Patrick will be giving a gallery talk from 12:30-1:30pm with the opening reception later that same day from 4:45-6pm.
Images showing the process of installing the exhibition:
The completed installation of “Patrick Earl Hammie: Equivalent Exchange”