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Paris Photo Recap: 5 Artists to watch

Posted in Uncategorized by Scott @ Rise Art on November 24, 2010

The 14th annual photography fair Paris Photo,  took place last week in the Caroussel du Louvre in Central Paris. Showcasing about 100 international galleries and publishers, it gave people an insight into todays most vibrant photographers with a focus on Europe. Most of the artists shown are already fairly established, and we loved the diversity of talent across the fair. Listed below is our take on 5 artists who’s work we believe deserve your attention.

Eric Poitevin born in 1961 in France. Lives and works in France.

We like Eric’s work because the subjects are diverse, but most of his images share a deprivation of sentimentalism, and somehow acquire a timeless universal value. More about this artist here.

Denise Grünstein, born 1956 in Finland. Lives and works in Sweden.

She is one of the more established Swedish photographers, mainly portraying people. Her images are highly recognizable for her unique ability to imprint her own feelings and temperament on film paired. See more of her work here.

Simon Roberts born in 1974 in England. Lives and works in England.

We saw the work below from the series ‘We English’, an exploration of Simon’s memories as a child, where he finds beauty in the mundane. Check out more of Simon’s work here.

Andrew Moore

Moore, trained in architecture as well as photography has a particular eye for seeing cities and buildings. His internationally acclaimed large format colour photography is simply breathtakingly. See his work here.

Joern Vanhoefen. Born 1961 in Germany. Lives and works in Berlin and Maputo.

Vanhoefen has a talent in capturing places from a new perspective – See for yourself, here.

Have you been to Paris Photo or discovered a photographer recently whose work you really enjoyed? Let us know who’s your favorite photographer at the moment.


How to package Artwork (for Shipping)

Posted in Uncategorized by Scott @ Rise Art on November 17, 2010

Packaging Artwork for Shipping

Before getting started you might want to ensure the surfaces you are planning to wrap your work on are clean.  Additionally, you might want to consider laying out a heaving plastic cloth on which to wrap the work.

Depending on what type of medium the work consists of, it will have different packaging requirements; below, we have outlined instructions for works on paper and canvas:

Work on Paper

What you need for works on paper:

  • Acid free tissue paper
  • Flat pack, print pad or cardboard
  • Packing tape
  • Cutter or Scissors

At Rise Art we recommend that you never lift an un-mounted drawing or print by itself. Rather, slide a sheet of cardboard beneath the work as support and hold the cardboard, not the work. If you must use your hands, please use tissue paper or photography gloves so that your fingers do not touch the artwork since oils from our fingers damage paper. Remember to support the long sides of the cardboard with both hands.

  1. Protect the work with acid free tissue paper on both, the front and the back of the artwork.
  2. To prevent bending, place two or three layers of cardboard on both sides of the work. Ensure the cardboard pieces stay together by taping around the outside.
  3. A little trick to ensure the artwork does not move within the cardboard is to fold sheets of paper into triangles with one open end each.
  4. Place the taped up cardboard between two pieces of corrugated cardboard and tape all sides securely.
  5. Mark clearly ‘fragile’ and your name on the outside.
  6. NOTE: Serigraph prints are best shipped flat since they are prone to crack. Also, if the work of art is a valuable investment, it is not recommended to roll fine art since corners can get bent and the art could be accidentally creased.

Work on canvas

  • Acid free tissue paper
  • Bubble wrap
  • Tape
  • Cardboard corners – fold cardboard into triangles, leaving one side open
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Foam board
  • A cardboard box – a little bigger than the work you wish to wrap.
  1. Place acid free paper on the painting surface, or wrap the whole work with it – this will protect the work from moisture and dust.
  2. Then, wrap the painting in generously in bubble wrap, without leaving anything uncovered.
  3. Secure with tape.
  4. Add the cardboard corners to secure the corners of the work – which again, you have to secure with tape.
  5. Place corrugated cardboard or foam board around the canvas.
  6. Add an additional layer of bubble wrap around the corrugated cardboard.
  7. Place the wrapped painting inside a cardboard box lined with foam board. The box should be the same proportions as the painting and fit snugly to prevent the painting from bouncing around inside. Should the box be too big, fill it with bubblewrap or foamboard.
  8. Mark the outside of the box clearly with the term ‘fragile’ and your name.

Last, but not least, as artist, curator and blogger Kirsty Hall suggests, add clear instructions of how to best wrap and unwrap your work for the recipient. The Artist, Emerging blog reminds us that it is helpful to use re-useable packaging material, particularly if you except the work to be sent back to you.

Why Artists should consider blogging

Posted in Uncategorized by Scott @ Rise Art on November 10, 2010

At Rise Art, we came up with a few reasons why as an artist, you might want to consider starting a blog.

Blogging raises your Search Engine Results

The process of improving the visibility of a website via natural resources in search engines is referred to as ‘Search Engine Optimisation (or: SEO)’. Blogging does just that: Search Engines prefer fresh content, thus regular blogging will push your results further on top of the results. Additionally, other people might link through to your blog, further increasing your SEO. Ensure to be blogging under your professional name to get the most out of it.

A Blog is an Excellent Promotional Tool

People are more likely to come back if they see that your blog provides them with fresh contend – thereby you can rest assured that these people will keep you and your work in mind. You don’t need to blog about your own work to get this effect.

Cyberspace creates Opportunities

Blogging helps you generate awareness of yourself and your work, which can generate excellent opportunities. People get published or exhibited thanks to their blogs which were the first port of call.

Blogging allows you to reach a Broader Audience

Given that a blog or online portfolio can reach a world wide audience as opposed to your studio or gallery, which are rather locally bound, it already enhances your exposure by providing you with a global platform. Additionally, your blog might appeal to people who would not enter a gallery or look for art online – however, these people can prove incredibly supportive.

Blogging is cheap

Blogging, as opposed to other promotional materials – such as post cards – costs almost nothing, and can go very far: a blog reaches a global audience. Further, if someone links to your blog, it is as if the person would photocopy your postcards and pass them on – fabulous, don’t you think?

Writing a blog is a fun challenge!

At Rise Art we believe that writing a blog is a fun challenge; if you do not enjoy writing, you don’t have to – you can do a photo-blog. There are a variety of formats you can do a blog in; below are a few links to blogs the Rise Art Team enjoys:

Making a Mark

Secret Postcard

We Make Money not Art

Amelia’s Magazine

Do you already have a blog What do you believe are the best reasons for hosting a blog? Tell us!

A Guide to Planning your Degree Show

Posted in Uncategorized by Scott @ Rise Art on November 4, 2010

The degree show representing a crucial moment in an artist’s career, we believe one should plan ahead in order to get the most out of it. Thus at Rise Art, we are writing about it in the middle of November!

Below are a few points worth considering; some might seem obvious, but many times we have missed some or all of these points when visiting shows.

1. Planning, planning, planning

Ensure you receive the precise dates for your final show from your course coordinator or leader as soon as possible. This will provide you with a set time frame in which things need to be done; and it is not only your work that needs to be finished and displayed, but plenty other things should be done, too.

2. Marketing

Many people in the art world enjoy going to degree shows to spot the next talents. In order to ensure they find out about your show, we suggest you undertake some marketing.

Once you know the dates and venue, ask your university or college to advertise the degree show on their website or create your own website with your fellow students. It can be a simple website, or blog, such as wordpress, or sites.google.com. We believe that the following information is relevant:

  • Most importantly, visiting info (including date,venue, opening times, map)
  • Names of all students showing, ideally with a picture of the work and contact details (you might want to extend this and add statements, etc)
  • Provide the details of the courses that are represented at the degree show, such as ‘Fine Art’, ‘Illustration’, ‘Photography’, etc
  • Gather ideas from how others students/universities did this before yourself

3. Promote the Show

To help promote the event, to get the word out there use social media, such as twitter, tumblr or facebook. If these networks are entirely new to you, Mashable explains in an intelligible way how to tackle all of these.

Another or additional way to promote yourself is to prints posters and flyer and to canvas them around town, from pubs and bars to galleries and museums.

4. The degree show itself

Wherever possible, see if you can see the venue in which your work will be displayed as soon as possible to get an idea and feel of the space and how you wish to display your works.

Depending on the venue you might want to consider putting up signage for visitors to help them orientate themselves.

Ensure you have labels and artist statements next to your work. Addionally, have busiensscards available for interested individuals to take away. This is important so people who enjoyed your work can get in touch with you! Ideally, the entire course has the identical lay-out on all the material provided. Further, you might want to consider leaving a book for comments, feedback and contacts on the premiseses.

Try to stay in touch with people who left their contact details for you – by sending them newsletters informing them about upcoming projects and shows.

From your experience, are there other points that need to be raised? Share them with us!