SmART COLLECTING: How to live with art to make the most out of it
The presentation of art pieces is an important component to their encounter and enjoyment. Datin Shalini Ganendra shares with us how should a work be hung or presented.
Regardless of why we buy art, living with what we buy, whether in private or public spaces, helps develop deeper understandings of the art, aesthetic connection, ourselves and society.
Though excess works might be stored away, periodically, collections should be refreshed and rotated, creating a different dynamic – for the exterior and interior/soul.
The presentation of pieces is an important component to their encounter and enjoyment. How should a work be hung or presented? Should there be grouping? What about lighting? Wall colour?
Ensure ideal space
A good quality work transforms a room, and not the other way round. Quality works need space to ‘breathe’, to create a space for appreciation, and to define parameters and presence. This will be the case whether the art work is a painting, sculpture, installation, furniture etc.
Cluster with balance
Clustering of hanging art works, if done neatly with select compatibility, can work very nicely. However a space must always maintain a sense of balance. So, for example, in a lobby or other type of public space, often there will be one prominent piece of work. But this work can be complimented by other works, at strategic locations to draw the eye and emphasise a particular feature or area.
Choose pieces that are 'you'
A collection can tell a story about a space and its owners – and can thus be a powerful revelation of identity and branding. So, make the most of your well selected collection. Present all works properly, and get a ‘good eye’ to guide if needed – to show sophistication, good taste and appreciation.
Datin Shalini Ganendra is an art advisor and gallerist with over 18 years of dedicated experience in the field. Advisory services include collection management, valuation, exhibition coordination and artwork sourcing, and expertise extends to a broad range of artists, mediums, geographies and periods. Ask her anything!
To get in touch with her, please email email@example.com or log on to the Shalini Ganendra Fine Art Advisory official website here.
(Photos and artworks: Shalini Ganendra Fine Art Advisory)