CONTEXTUAL ART VS “ART IN PLACE”
Try to Imagine these Rooms Without Art
In the last forty-fifty years, “Contextual Art”, has been described abstrusely as a concept that seeks to define “art” in a relativistic sphere of social and cultural ideologies and myths. In a simpler, hopefully more intelligible way, we have coined “Art in Place” to define art in the “context” of its physical surroundings; the relationship of an artist’s work to the size of the room for instance, or the arrangement of furniture, adjacent artwork, colors and placement. Much of what we do in the gallery has been to assist customers with their art selections based on their verbal descriptions of the room(s) where they intend to “place” a piece. With evolving communications technology, many of our customers are making good use of smartphone images to show us photos of an intended room so as to help them better evaluate the suitability of a work. We also provide a service that enables our customers to evaluate pieces in their homes.
“Art in Place” is our new website section that features artworks (photographs, prints, paintings, sculpture, ceramics and other unique objects) purchased from the gallery as they are displayed in our customer’s homes. Over the last eight years we have kept a growing inventory of photographs from customers who have been excited to share their art as it is placed in their homes or offices. The pictures are illuminating, not only for the transformative aspect of the art but as a contextual window into the lives and interests of people we’ve come to know.
While the iPhone has become the great “enabler”, regular camera images have also come our way and Geoff has had an opportunity to get some photographs as well. With the imminent launch (April 30, 2017) of this dedicated section,”Art in Place”, we would like to encourage those of you who may be interested to forward photos of art you’ve purchased from the gallery. We can post these with or without attribution if you prefer to remain anonymous. The important thing is we get to share a variety of interesting scenes and inspiring ways to display art. It also provides feedback to artists who only occasionally know where the art is placed once it leaves the studio.
The quality of the photographs you send is secondary; it’s the context surrounding the art, its relationship to the rest of a room (furniture, colors and placement) and perhaps most of all its connection to you, the viewer, that is most interesting. Anyone submitting a photo published on the website will be entered into an end of the year drawing to receive a C.G. Baker limited edition print.