“I don’t get it. What Does It Mean?” A Beginner’s Guide to Interpreting Artwork
by Daric Gill
You’ve always considered yourself an art lover, but there are times when you find yourself scratching your head in a desperate attempt to understand exactly what an artist was getting at.
Viewers make snap-decisions about their fondness for a piece in the first few seconds. It’s pretty unavoidable. In these moments, it’s easy to forego any further investigation into meaning once we make that decision. Liking or not liking the piece is ok. Skipping the reasons why… that’s a different story. Before gliding over the meaning of the work, the following article suggests a couple of tips that can help you approach the artwork in real-time with a new mindfulness.
One of the more challenging steps for the professional artist’s career is securing a gallery–if that is your route. This delicate process can be competitive for emerging artists as well as established ones. In this article, I’ll share some commonly suggested practices in addition to some of the pitfalls that one should avoid.
This is the companion article to, “Choosing The Right Gallery: An Explanation of Gallery Types”. I encourage you to first read that article before you dive head first into approaching a gallery. Take the time to acquaint yourself with some points of interest (both good and bad) regarding the major gallery types. Also included is an infographic that visually explains the relationship between the artist and gallery types. Read onward for more information.
Choosing the right gallery is much like picking a relationship partner. And as such, finding a compatible match that complements your existing assets is paramount. Also like other life-relationships, there’s no one-type-fits-all answer. Each artist has their own needs. While this article is admittedly a broad generalization of gallery types, I’m using years of personal experience, professional interpretations, and colloquially agreed terms regarding the most common gallery types. The goal of this article is to provide a diving off point for those of whom need a little clarification into the major types of physical gallery models. This also happens to be Part One in a 2-part companion article. Its sister article, “Advice For Approaching Galleries” can be found here. Or you can read on below for more.
Photographing Your Artwork: Beginner’s Tips That Anyone Can Do
by Daric Gill
Not everyone is a seasoned photographer. Documenting your artwork has challenges that may be keeping your work from the world. If you’re wondering what you can do to up your portfolio documentation skills without diving head-on to advanced camera lingo, this blog is for you!
Beginners often own a wide range of digital photography equipment, from simply point and shoots to expensive DSLR cameras. I’d like to focus less on what brands of cameras or equipment are trending at the moment and instead showcase tips that can help you get started using what you have at the moment. Read further to see some simple tips that anyone can do to improve their photo documentation skills.