In this news item I will show you how I set up an exhibition. I will put my artworks on show from March 18 until May 15 in a magnificent galery called Mozaïek in Zuidlaren situated in the North-East of the Netherlands between Groningen and Assen. As the galery offers quite a lot of space for artworks (200 m², 75 lineair meters) it is better to set up the exhibition virtually in advance. The benefits are clear: the real set up goes faster and smoother and the final result will be much better for the eye. There is a very nice word for this: scenographics, on artform by itself. Pay a attention to this the next time you visit a museum or an exhibition. I do not pretend to be an expert in this but I must say that I've learned a lot from others during past exhibitions.
Let's start by showing a picture and a floorplan (very important to obtain this) with the size of the panels in the art galery:
With the help of a special software program I start by creating all the panels in the galery on scale, per group and attached to eachother as a flat space. As I can use the panels on both sides I have to do this for the "in- and outside". As an example I will use panels 5 and 6 (red arrow) as seen from the centre of the galery. The next step consists of importing scaled-down pictures of all the artworks. When this is done I can start "playing around" with the artworks and place them on the exhibition panels. This is what the next picture shows:
The scenograpic work on an exhibition is in fact an artform by itself and a real profession. Pay attention to this when you visit a museum next time. It is a game of placing artworks into the available space in relation with the artworks around, near and far. You have to create the right atmosphere and create surprises to keep the visitor's attention all the way. The present example is quite simple but things get more interesting when we add sculptures, hanging artworks and installatons. In that case you really have to think in three dimensions.
So far this little inside view. I hope you appreciate. The results will be visible during the fourth .
Come and see!
Today I will take you back in time to 2014 to present you an artwork which I created that year. The tittle is "Four To Five". From this period I hardly have any artworks left unsold apart from two artworks that I decided to keep in my own artists collection. A good reason I thought to have a critical look at this piece. My girlfriend always found it a little bit sad with the grey background. Although I do not always take her critics in account, this time (even when it is not easy to admit), I have to give her right.
So I found it was time to revisit and refresh this artwork. Time's up for the dull grey background, let's make things more positive! Grey has become Titan white, turquoise became dark green and magenta was turned into carmin and I also interchanged the position of two items (find out which). There is one thing however that did not change and that it quite rare in the artworld: you can hang it on the wall or place it as a sculpture!
And now let's us have a look at the new "Four To Five":
It took some time to sort and edit all the images that I've shot during my last great solo exhibition in Haguenau, France in September 2020. The final video is a low budget video as I couldn't afford a professionnal video team to shoot. Some of the images shake a little too much, lightning isn't always perfect but I think it gives a good impression of the event that took place in a historical building offering an exhibition space of nearly 200 m² in the heart of the city. Besides the new video hereafter there are many others to view on my YouTube channel (search for Johannes BlonK Geometric Art Videos). Enjoy yourself!
In September 2020 I held my third solo exhibition in the historic heart of Haguenau, 40 km North of Strasbourg in France. The city put at my disposal an exhibition space of 200 m² in a former chapel that was part of the city's hospital until 1983. The building dates from 1757 and is quite particular as it has, in the center, a circular opening to the upperfloors which made it possible for patients to assist to the service from above. On groundlevel it results in a perfect place to stall out my ecological inspired installation with the red ball "Fonte des Glaces".
More than 400 visitors came by to see the exhibition entitled "Entre Art & Architecture" despite the Coronavirus restrictions. There was a peferct marriage between my geometric artworks and this historic building. For those who weren't able to come, no need to cry, here is a small photo impression (you can zoom in by clicking on the pictures). I'm also mounting a small video that I will post on my YouTube channel later.