“Initial Ideas” was the third exhibition based in a home environment that I have been a part of. However, it was also shown online and this is the first time ROOM 131 have done this. Using the Facebook events page we had set up for the physical event on the 20th February; we also hosted the online side of the exhibition. The main appeal for this was for those who were unable to make it or lived further afield and could not attend the exhibition in person.
For the future, I’d like to find a different site for hosting the online side of the exhibition. I feel it’s an important part of the exhibition, especially within today’s society. I also feel it’s time to try out different places for exhibiting. At first, exhibiting in a home was a challenge because it was new, but now I feel I’m becoming too comfortable with it and believe it is time to push the boundaries more. So lots of new ideas to develop into the next exhibition.
I found it useful to get all my recent work together and to look at how it all relates to each other as a whole. It had been a while since I had done an exhibition that involved more than two or three pieces of work (the ROOM 131 exhibition at the bear, September 2014) so I had 5 months worth of ideas and work to sort through in an attempt to organise it into something that made sense to myself as well as to the visitors.
There were studies from before I made paintings, prints that had developed into paintings and prints that had developed from paintings, in the end they all worked well together, having initial sketches and ideas along side more developed pieces allowed for a more in-depth story to be told within the work and hopefully a greater understanding. This exhibition is the first one that I have felt I’ve had a body of work that I can continue to develop and continue to show together.