I have a vision of how a gallery should be. I visited Peter Lik’s gallery in the Galleria a few weeks ago and am blown away by how it contrasts with some other galleries that I have been to. What I like is that it has class. Wood floors, dark walls, low ambient light, a single row of art at eye level (not stacked floor to ceiling), and most of all, good lighting on the artwork. To me, these are indications of a classy, high-quality gallery, which truly does any kind of artwork justice.
I also enjoyed visiting Alain Briot’s home gallery near Phoenix. He has a softer, more natural lighting approach, and he compliments his artwork with beautiful wood chairs and tables on which he displays some of his matted photographs, portfolios, and books.
So, to have at least one location where I can control exactly how my work is presented, I have decided to begin working on transforming my studio space into a dual purpose studio & gallery, adopting some ideas from each of these gentleman’s galleries, and also using a few of my own. It will have dark ambient lighting with pleasant spotlighting on each photograph. The floor will be a beautiful wood laminate. There will be comfortable seating so you can just sit and enjoy each photograph. I plan to incorporate some sort of ambient stereo system for soft classical music. It’s going to be great. Except….
…I have a long ways to go!