My solo show was an amazing experience. I enjoyed planning this one with heart and soul. The Casa Romantica requested the images be of non-human subjects to round out their ongoing Open Casa series so immediately I knew my ocean images would be at the forefront.
I started by making selections of images months in advance. I added those I knew people already connected with via group exhibitions, Instagram and images previously purchased. Since the exhibit was to take place at a cultural center in my hometown of San Clemente, I wanted to incorporate mostly images I created in the area.
Once I narrowed down the exact photographs I put them in order of how I wanted them displayed. As I developed the flow I realized that the concept-threshold-that runs throughout most of my work was showing up here. I had two rooms to display the work in with a threshold between them. I designed the exhibit to have dark, dramatic images on one side and bright, clean images on the other.
I visually laid out the exhibit in Photoshop using photographs of the walls where my work would hang. This really helped me 'see' the flow, balance, and feel of the show.
Then I selected sizing and framing. I knew several of them would be very large because of the vision of that series of work. I selected Artmill to print and mount 4 of the images 6-8 feet wide. They were created as float mounts because this presentation has no framing to distract your eye from the expanse of the images.
Smaller images were framed in handcrafted walnut frames by MetroFrame. These turned out absolutely beautiful. I purchased them unfinished and used tung oil to finish them myself. They had matching spacers so I printed everything with no borders and no mats. The spacers keep the print from touching the glass.
I had the light side of the exhibit framed in simple white frames which was done by San Clemente Art Supply.
It was amazing to see this exhibit come together after all the work and time I put into it. The investments was worth it and I felt like it was the thesis statement I never did at university. It was a fantastic experience.