Your Best Year Ever continues into 2016! Take the intimidation factor out of building your own contemporary art collection by following expert tips from Affordable Art Fair director Cristina Salmastrelli all month long.
Consider this speed dating with all the pros (eye candy) and none of the cons (everything else).
Last week I introduced art buying with six easy steps. Now we’re going to dive right into exploring exactly what type of art represents YOU. This is where the big art-world words come into play and things get a bit intimidating, right? Wrong! Here is what you need to focus on when surfing the contemporary art market in search of your first piece—consider it speed dating with all the pros (eye candy) and none of the cons (everything else):
Be honest, are you uptight? Are you the type of person who pays close attention to detail? Listen, I’m a part of that pack and proud of it! If you want to put your nose right up to a work and admire every line, curve, and shape, then drawing is the genre for you. In this up-close-and-personal medium, the descriptor words will be ink, graphite, pastels, chalk, and charcoal.
Take a look at this intricate work and notice the patience required for such repetition and consistency in lines–impressive, isn’t it? What remarkable control Robert Otto Epstein demonstrates in order to transfer this from his imagination to paper, right?
Are you more of a traditionalist? For example, do you still follow the white-after-Labor Day rule? Well, then, this is a clear sign you need to stick to paintings.
Check out Carol Roche, an Aussie artist who expresses herself vibrantly while simultaneously working within the means of the traditional medium of oil/acrylic paints or watercolors on canvas.
Roche’s thick layers of paint give a strength to the piece that’s balanced by the levity of a brightly colored palette. You cannot look at this painting and not feel warmth and happiness radiating from it.
When going from Point A to Point B, you take the fastest route. Obviously. Is that even a question? If for you, it’s not: photography is your jam.
From a very simple process—point and shoot—an entire world of creativity awakens. Artists can capture reality in a split second that will impact the viewer for the rest of her life. A moment forever captured in time that perhaps was completely overlooked will now be cherished always, thanks to this beautiful genre. Personally, I still get warm and fuzzy when I look at Matthew Hammond’s “Sweetheart Rose, Tesco, 7 Days.”
Do you think outside the box? Were you the one that always got yelled at for coloring outside the lines? If yes, sculpture is for you. Sculpture allows the artist to use a third dimension as an additional tool to express a message.
One of the most recent sculptures that really struck me was Chris Hedrick’s “Easter Dress.” Why, you ask? Because it’s made out of wood! Hedrick has taken our traditional connotations and turned them upside down. An object regularly associated with daintiness and juvenile innocence is not hard, permanent, or non-functional. So, why make a dress out of cedar? What’s it saying? Start questioning, discussing, and wondering.
Do you like to take the scenic route? Do you enjoy every leg of a journey? Then you will likely delight in printmaking, a medium with a process just as fascinating as the final piece. First, the artist comes up with an idea and then carves the negative or reverse image onto a wood block, silkscreen, stone, or metal plate. Once the negative image is created, the artist will then cover it with ink or paint, press paper on the block, and transfer the positive image on to the paper.
There’s more. Typically, each color is applied separately to the paper. This means that if there are 13 different colors in one piece, there are 13 different applications to that one block to get to the final image. Or it could even mean 13 different blocks pressed on a single sheet of paper to achieve the final work of art. Mind blown, right?
Credit: Elle Decor