I will talk about how I will present my work in more detail in this post.
First, one thing that I found when I look at Anthony Luvera’s and Paul Graham’s work is that their important images are printed massively. In Paul graham’s work, the idea of time and movement is a central theme, and the gallery images are put very close together to simulate the split movement of time.
I think they exceed the height of a child, which could be about 1.1-1.3m. Their size makes reference to life outside the camera as if it were in front of my own eyes.
In Anthony Luvera’s work, the portrait of his participants are also printed large, but in this particular image of his Residency installation, we can see that the print could be far taller than 1.3m:
By looking at the subject against their own photograph, I see that the photograph was printed beyond life size. Anthony Luvera said that the image was raised above eye level to reverse the gaze, that the participant is looking down on the audience instead of being looked down on.
There is an issue with the work that I want to print; there is too much for one subject. It’s not that there is too much produced in terms of the images, but too much potential space in the gallery to take up.
Above is a revision of the anticipated gallery installation for one subject. As you can see, the diptychs are printed much smaller than the facilitated images (red), but added together, the diptychs come close to exceeding the total width of those images. It’s not really the total width that worries me but the idea of power in the subject. That said, the facilitated images are printed on a giant strip to not only allow a lot of images to be viewed in clear detail, but to also give them strength in numbers. I also want to display the strip of images slightly above the portraits to do two things: 1. give an impression of an artifact that was produced by my subject; 2. give a statement that the images are of more importance i.e. should be considered more than my own work. If the subject only produced a total of, for example, 20 images, then displaying them slightly higher than my images should give a sense of priority, even if my diptychs appear to outsize them.
For a start, I will print the diptychs at about 90cm wide each. This will give a total width of 190cm when including the 10cm width that separates the images. I want my diptychs separated only slightly because they have something to look for in close proximity; if audiences were to see two similar images of the subject, that were installed farther away, they may get an impression that the images are simply duplicates with nothing in particular to look for. Keeping the images close together also saves gallery space.
For the facilitated images, I need to be open minded. I should judge how many images can fit onto each row and how many columns are needed, factors that contribute to the final size of the strip. I think that as long as it is displayed just above my own images, then things should be okay. In terms of the overall presentation, I want to display just above eye level, so that there is no straining once viewing. Considering this, I should pay attention to the facilitated images so that they do not end up making the strip so tall that it makes some images excessively above or below eye level.