Today, you will be doing what photographers do when they are planning a gallery show. You’ll be responsible for producing two things today: an artist’s statement and a gallery floor plan. The artist’s statement you’ll post on flickr. The gallery floor plan you’ll draw out. There is an excellent example of both on the black board in the room labeled “Sample Gallery Proposal.”
The first thing you need to do is write a five sentence explanation of what you are trying to say through your series. Is it telling a story? Is there some common visual thread you are trying get people to see? Is there a mood or feeling you’d like to inspire in your audience. Feel free to look up some artist’s statements online to get a feel for what they’re like. Then, post ONE of your series photo to your flickr Photo Stream (NOT the Friday Photo pool). In the comments of your photo, paste or type your artist statement. Grammar, spelling and content count, so craft your paragraph carefully.
You’ll be designing a floor plan for how you would set up a gallery show of your six photo series. You must plan how your work will be displayed: will some of them hang next to one another? What color walls would you have? Will there be furniture or benches? How do you want a viewer to ‘travel’ through your show? What photo do they see first? Last? Use the paper and colored pencils in the back and assume that the gallery space is a big rectangle (like the sheet of paper.) You can ‘build’ walls, by drawing them, in to alter the space if you like.
Get done as much as you can. Do the Artist’s statement FIRST because that will allow you to crystallize what kind of mood you’d like to set and the statement you’d like to make. Then, the gallery space should tie in to that.
Both of these will be graded. Impress me!