Today at college I was able to measure the boards on which my work would more than likely get displayed in the college. They measure approx 230cm from top to bottom. This equates to about 7ft 5inches so I will have a foot less at college that I will at freerange. These measurements are really important because not only do I want my work to physically fit in each space but it is important that it works as well as possible in both spaces.
These measurements have also made me consider are there any other ways I can hang my work. I have given consideration to simply propping my paintings up against a wall at a very slight angle such as the image below.
My worry about this is that whenever I have seen work displayed like this it almost looks as though the curator could not be bothered to hang it properly, well at least to me. I am also concerned about the oil painted areas on my work reflecting too much of the overhead fluorescent lighting if displayed like this. I am planing on adding lots of linseed oil to my paints so that they retain a shinny, still wet finish and I am worried that if this shiny finish reflects too much overhead light the subtle grey colours will get lost in glare and the work will suffer. I also think that this approach is better suited to much large, Anselm Kiefer sized paintings.
I am also giving some consideration to the sort of hang sketched out below.
This configuration quite appeals to me as I think it may work with my paintings. This would encourage the viewers to tilt their heads slightly up to interact with the work. This would also reflect how an individual would look at a tower block in real life, you have to look upwards to see it and by doing so it amplifies the imposing feel of the structure. This is worth having a go at and seeing what it looks like in reality but I am aware there is virtually nowhere on the 7th floor where a painting could be hung in this way and even so the ceiling is just not high enough to allow it to work. Something to keep in mind for the future though.
Now that I have accurate measurements of both spaces and I have decided to create a diptych of paintings for my main piece I have done some research on stretcher bars. I already have rolls of both primed and unprimed canvas so I am covered for that (and paint). The stretcher bars I have used in the past a very cheap and generally poor quality but they surfice for what I have wanted up until now. However, once The bars start to exceed approx 3 ft then I notice they are rarely 100% straight. This is an issue as if I am going to making a diptych it is essential that both frames are as true to a perfect rectangle as possible. This means buying better quality bars and taking extra care with stretching my canvases to ensure as true a rectangular canvas as possible.
Another thing I needed to consider was the depth of the stretcher bars. I wanted this to be nice and chunky as I really felt it would compliment the type of painting I was playing to make. Ideally I wanted this to be at least 40mm and the bars I currently use are 38mm.
On a recent visit to Atlantis in london I noticed they sold some really good quality stretcher bars that were as long as I had in mind (approx 200cm) and were 45mm in thickness. This is exactly what I want but at £55.04 for a pair of 200cm bars it would be a little bit out of my budget. I have done lots of shopping about and have finally decided to use pegasus art for my bars (www.pegasusart.co.uk). These are the same dimensions as the atlantas bars but at £34.87 for 200sm they are over £20 cheaper. Pegasus also offer free delivery on orders over £50 so that saves even more money.
Theres only so many places that manufacture stretcher bars and after looking about I am fairly sure that the pegasus ones are the exactly the same as the atlantis ones but much cheaper as they are not located in london.
All I need to do now is decide on the actual sizes of the bars.