Monday, March 9, 2009
Sometimes, size DOES matter!
I'm as much of a fan of large, colorful art as anyone else. In fact, we have a very large, very colorful, cartoon-inspired piece front-and-center over our sofa at home! Large artwork can definitely make a statement about your style and interests, and make it loudly, too!
But it's not the be-all and end-all, certainly! In fact, I tend to think that there are certain pieces that just cry out to be displayed in a smaller size. Look at the large impact a small Polaroid picture can have, or the magic of a small TTV shot floating serenely in the white space of a larger mat. (Some of Alicia Bock's beautiful TTV work completely proves my point, here! If you're one of the 3 people in the photo blogging world who've never heard of her, you're missing out!) There is something much more intimate about a smaller format. It makes you get closer to the work, makes you search for the details and appreciate all the little things that give the work its character. While a big piece of art shouts its nature to the world, the smaller piece whispers and makes you work a little bit harder for your reward, and there's something to be said for that.
To that end, I've decided to post some smaller format shots in my Etsy store. Most of my work to this point has been posted as 8x10, though available in smaller sizes if desired. But I have some pieces, like the one above and the one following, that I really think SHOULD be smaller prints, that cry out for the smaller format, the more intimate perusal. Shots like that will be listed as 4x6s. I only have 4 such prints in the shop at this point, but I'll add more as time goes along.
I'm also going to be printing some of my work out in ACEO size (2.5"x3.5"!) and mounting them on black matboard for display. I'm thinking I'll call them my Magpie Minis, ha! Be watching my shop for their appearance as soon as I get my hands on some matboard in the correct sizes!
In the meantime, what do you think about the size issue? DOES size matter? Do you have any artworks of your own that only seem right small, or only seem right large? I'd like to see them, if so!