Friday, December 03, 2010
How not to hang art
Its interesting how each person's idea of curating art is so different.
I have a number of pieces that I'm framing and have hung some on the walls at home to keep them more out of harm's way than use as decoration. I had this gyotaku print of starfish framed nicely and was struggling to hang it early one morning. The Other One, who can't bear watching anyone do anything that he believes he could do better, decided he would hang them himself while I was at work.
So when I came home, it was hung. Just not in a place that even vaguely resembled having connection with other pieces on the wall in either size or position. The other piece, a similar size and shape was hung on a wall in a corner so inaccessible I'm not even sure how he got it there and it was so high up, you'd need binoculars to see it.
'Hang it' obviously has very different meaning for artists and non artists. Now I'm not being ungrateful. Yes, they were hung and yes they were out of harm's way, so technically the task was literally completed. But in as much as he'd prefer to wield the hammer and hangers, I'd much prefer to prescribe just where they go.