Magic On The Wall, More Of SOYRA Exhibition

Magic On The Wall, More Of SOYRA Exhibition

I took many many photographs of the art on the wall that is exhibited at the Aurora Cultural Centre. It is the SOYRA’s 25th anniversary show and sale exhibit which started last week and I had this great opportunity to participate. It was great experience to be at the show as the photographer and observer.

I never was a big critic of the art before and perhaps I am not now but photographing art helps me to zoom one piece at a time and see more, never mind to enjoy it for a longer period of time. I like to pay a lot attention to the backgrounds when I photograph. It really makes a big difference.

SOYRA Exhibit, Aurora Cultural Centre


When taking nature photos depending where you stand you can get different background effect. However, for something that hangs on the wall you don’t have lot of choices but to take angled photos in stead if you wish for different effects. Thus you need to rely on the person to place the art in the right place. Backdrops, wall textures, wall colors, and even light is essential for the effective presentation of the art.

SOYRA Exhibit, Aurora Cultural Centre


Shawna Patenaude was instrumental in the art presentation at the Aurora Cultural Centre. She was in charge of hanging 120 art pieces inside the all rooms. Different color walls, different wall layouts, locations and 120 unique art pieces, different sizes and shapes that is lot of variables to play with. I must say she did amazing job.

The first room to visit is the Red Room. Soon as you arrive you definitely will not miss the elephants. As I recall I pointed out soon as I arrived and I heard others do the same – oh elephants.

SOYRA Exhibit, Aurora Cultural Centre


Just beside on the left a stunning fire place painting resides. It is placed in the middle of the room and when you arrive gives you the sens of warmth and welcomed atmosphere.

SOYRA Exhibit, Aurora Cultural Centre


But something will draw you in more, it is the bright red in your peripheral vision. I never knew that red themed paintings can look so good on the red painted wall.

SOYRA Exhibit, Aurora Cultural Centre


I really thought that everything was paintings, but I was wrong. Look at this rustic object photo with painted background, I mistaken for painting. I was fooled – a set of interesting photographs that is.

Well I was fooled by Jennifer’s Isaac Petch House painting (so real bricks) and Shawna’s wet apple – green (so real water drops). Sometimes I just get mixed up what is real and what is not, and it takes a good artist to create that illusion.

SOYRA Exhibit, Aurora Cultural Centre


I really enjoyed the matching green to green and brown colors on the photographs with a dark, gold, metallic frames to separate the subject from the background. I have semi long hallway like that in my house and I may just copy this scheme.

SOYRA Exhibit, Aurora Cultural Centre


And there are blues, soothing, calming blues – the art on the blue wall.

SOYRA Exhibit, Aurora Cultural Centre


Opposite to the blue wall was the room with off white walls and subdued light. Purple is a very interesting color and now I can see how well it goes with lighter walls and less natural light.

SOYRA Exhibit, Aurora Cultural Centre


Never been a big fan of yellows, but just look at this setting. Keeps you open minded.

SOYRA Exhibit, Aurora Cultural Centre


So I have this artwork on the wall in my living room and now I know why it always feels like it was out of place.


About the Author

Anna Lozyk Romeo

I am living in Aurora and this is my photo journal blog. A picture says 1000 words - but not always, so I write. You don't have to travel 1000 miles to find a treasure - all I have to do is zoom through my lens and I will find it for you here in Aurora.

Comments:

  1. Lovely elephants! I like the blue-gray wall too.

  2. I really enjoyed this article – it clearly demonstrates the challenges of curating a show and hanging art in “just the right place”. Your photos are excellent!

  3. Great narrative and photos of this exhibit, Anna.

  4. Susan thank you for commenting.
    Definitely hanging art on the wall isn’t a very easy job.
    I really enjoyed the complete setting of the show.
    Anna :)

  5. Thank you James.
    On the side note, I look at your new photos every time they are up, and just keeping ‘oh you are killing me’.
    Your images are surreal.
    Anna :)

  6. Great Photos! I was the one who had the clay masks and the dog looking scared is so funny, I love it!!!

  7. Cathy, thank you. Clay masks were wonderful.
    Glad you enjoy the post. Anna :)