After seeing my work around the web, I was commissioned by the lovely girls over at IPG MediaBrands to create a 100 piece mini painting wall installation for their office… I was super excited about it, but so freaking worried about how the heck I was going to install 100 paintings evenly.
Paintings drying in the studio…
The original 36 paintings that I hung over my son’s crib with nails were always falling off, or just constantly tilted. Plus, that kind of precise measuring is so not my strong suit.
Packed up and ready to go!
Then my handyman Chris had a fab idea: Velcro! Now the paintings won’t shift, and can be adjusted easily. Plus we didn’t have to hammer 100 nails into a wall…
iPhone pic from the installation… It was SO FREAKING TEDIOUS!
He came to help me with the installation, armed with a laser beam level, and like 10 other things I would never have thought of.(Bottom line, could not have done this myself. Know your strengths and weaknesses and thank you Chris!)
We decided to space them about an inch apart… Each canvas is 4″ x 4″ and is about an 1.25″ thick. The entire piece is 50″ x 50″. Obviously, there is no way to hang them completely perfectly, but when you look at the piece as a whole, it works!
And there you have it! 100 paintings installed on a dark gray wall at an awesome company’s office. They also have 4 other pieces of mine scattered about the office.
The piece is really fun up close, but its killer from a distance. I wanted to give you a better view, hence the picture with doorways in it… So imagine me sitting there all day, working and listening to water cooler chat? I felt like I was on the set of The Office. I was also getting a lot of ” what the heck are those!” and “Thats cool!” and even ” what do those represent?” Represent? Hmmm….Should I make something up?!? Ok here goes: The mini paintings represent the different ways we compartmentalize our lives in 2012. They are reminiscent of the iPhone apps and keyboards we are so reliant on as a technology-obsessed culture. The paintings are applied randomly, but appear ordered. From the a distance it is beautiful and balanced, but when you look closer, it is just fragmented little pieces of life being held together by an idea of whole.
How did I turn this into a sad painting? Its really just blobs of color on canvases… although my fake explanation does give some insight into my mental state, right? Stressed much?
Anyway, thanks to IPG Mediabrands for the opportunity to make such a fun piece!