Why does going to an art gallery or museum feel so much different than seeing the same quality of pictures on Instagram?

It could be that a gallery is a special place with a dedicated purpose. That certainly plays a role, but it has far more to do with the way that galleries are carefully curated.

Photo by Deanna J on Unsplash

Most of us consume and showcase our art and photography in singles — one-off images. We’ll call it the Instagram effect. Rather than telling a story through a series of images, we share our most impressive, highest impact images, often in real time.

Here’s a quick look at an image in our Instagram feed:

Photo by Deanna J on Unsplash

The photographer, sureshnaganathan, has uploaded a series of images (9 actually) to a single post, but Instagram only shows us one. We have to swipe back and forth to see the other images, and there’s no way to see them in context, together. This makes it difficult to understand how one image relates to the next.

Clicking into the photographer’s profile is no better. We still just see a series of images, not a story.

Photo by Deanna J on Unsplash

We’ve got no problem with Instagram. Our team finds inspiration there every day. But it isn’t an ideal way to share or view art in a way that encourages contemplation.

But we also think it’s really worthwhile go beyond what’s possible in Instagram and arrange your work in a way that tells a story. (And we’re creating an app that lets you do just that. Scroll to the end of this article for more details.)

Five Resources to help you Master the Art of Storytelling through Curation

The idea of curating art or arranging your works into galleries can seem daunting. So we’ve put together several free articles, resources and inspiring stories to help you get started with confidence.

Clever Ways To Arrange Artwork

While intended for home decorating, this article covers eight ways to display artwork, including linear, grid, clustered, salon style and singles. It’s not only a good introduction, it also includes images that can serve as inspiration.

Read More on Forbes

The designer’s guide to Gestalt Theory

Ge- what? Allow me to quote from the article:

In the 1920s, a group of psychologists in Germany developed a series of theories of visual perception known as the Gestalt Principles, or Gestalt Theory. Along with systems such as grid theory, the Golden Ratio and colour theory, the Gestalt Principles form the basis of many design rules we follow today.

A basic understanding of the six Gestalt principles (similarity, continuation, closure, proximity, figure/ground, symmetry and order), will help you arrange your artworks so they look like part of a set, rather than a random collection.

Read more on Creative Bloq

Bonus Articles from Creative Bloq:

10 steps to curating an exhibition

In this lengthy post, the curator for politics and international relations at LSE Library explains his entire process of putting together an exhibition on Indian independence. He not only covers what to put where, but also how he chose what went into the exhibit in the first place.

The article may be overkill if you’re just curating an online photo gallery, but it reminds us that the more thought you put into an endeavor, the better the results will be.

Read more on Medium

How to Curate an Art Show

This step-by-step guide reminds of the importance of having a clear concept, and considering your audience, but also ensures we don’t forget about some of the less considered parts of hosting a gallery show… like sending invitations to your friends and to the press. (We’ll make that a lot easier in D Emptyspace, letting you invite people to your gallery online.)

Read more on The Balance Careers

D Emptyspace

We’re launching D Emptyspace very soon. It’s an app that allows you to create and explore inspiring virtual art galleries on your phone. More than just photo sharing, it’s a way to tell stories with your artwork.

Whether you want to curate an offline gallery and test the placement of your images first, send a specific arrangement to a curator, or create online galleries to share with your friends, D Emptyspace makes everything free and easy.

A preview of a gallery in D Emptyspace

Download the app on iOS: https://apple.co/2MhsxCs

Android version coming soon!

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FAQ: Do I have to retype my artist statement in D Emptyspace?

FAQ: Do I have to retype my artist statement in D Emptyspace?

“I’ve already written descriptions for my art and my artist statement. Do I have to retype them on D Emptyspace?”

This is one of the most common questions we’ve gotten from artists and photographers using D Emptyspace (download for iPhone) so far. In the long run, the best way to bring existing text into your galleries will be using the web version, slated for release later this summer.

In the meantime, here’s a relatively straightforward workaround for transferring text from your Mac or PC to the iPhone version of D Emptyspace.

Using a Mac

Note: For this to work, your phone and your Mac must be on the same iCloud account.

Step 1: Write or open your text.

Everything can be together in one document, just note which descriptions go with which images.

Step 2: Open the Notes app.

You can just click on Notes if it’s in the dock.

If it isn’t in your dock, you can click the magnifying glass in the upper right corner of your screen to search for “Notes” in Spotlight.

You can find Notes in the Launchpad, which you can open by pressing the F4 key or by “pinching” your trackpad (on a laptop) with three fingers and your thumb.

Step 3: Create a new note and paste in the text.

Click the new note button or press Command + N

Copy (Command + C) your text from whatever app you wrote it in, and paste it into the Notes App (Command + V). You can also write the text directly in the Notes app.

Step 4: Copy from Notes to D Emptyspace

Open the notes app on your iPhone.

Copy the text you need for a section of your gallery by holding your finger on the screen until a select box appears. Once you select the text you need, select “Copy” from the menu that appears.

In the D Emptyspace App open the gallery or photo that you’re editing. In the text entry space, hold your finger down just like you did to copy. A menu with the option to “Paste” will appear.

Tap “Save”

Using a PC or a Mac

Step 1: Write or open your text.

Everything can be together in one document, just note which descriptions go with which images.

Step 2: Send yourself an email

Open your email app or website.

Compose a new email. Put your own email address in the TO field.

Copy (Command + C) your text from whatever app you wrote it in, and paste it into the email body (Command + V). You can also write the text directly in the email.

Send the email.

Step 3: Copy from the email to D Emptyspace

Open the email app on your iPhone.

Copy the text you need for a section of your gallery by holding your finger on the screen until a select box appears. Once you select the text you need, select “Copy” from the menu that appears.

In the D Emptyspace App open the gallery or photo that you’re editing. In the text entry space, hold your finger down just like you did to copy. A menu with the option to “Paste” will appear.

Tap “Save”

Other Methods

Many messenger apps like WhatsApp and KakaoTalk allow you to send messages to yourself. You’ll need to install the app on both your phone and your computer.

You can create a shared Google Doc using your Gmail account and access it from both your computer and your phone.

If you prefer Microsoft to Google, you can create a shared document on Microsoft OneDrive or OneNote.

Download D Emptyspace for iOS: https://apple.co/2MhsxCs

Android version coming soon!

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New Features: Add and Customize Galleries, Improved Sharing, Featured Galleries

New Features: Add and Customize Galleries, Improved Sharing, Featured Galleries

Photo by You X Ventures on Unsplash

You asked and we listened! Since we launched D Emptyspace about three weeks ago, artists, photographers, and art lovers have sent us dozens of messages.

Two things are clear: You’re excited about D Emptyspace and you want it to be even better.

So this week we’ve rolled out several new updates to the app that address the top three things you asked for: The ability to customize your galleries, improvements to sharing galleries and featured galleries to help you discover new artists.

Add, Delete, and Customize Your Galleries

When D Emptyspace launched, everyone got three galleries with three walls. We got so many emails from people asking for more galleries or different configurations that we knew we had to move this to the top of our to-do list.

Here’s what we’ve changed. New members will get one default gallery (white with 3 walls). You can add two more galleries, for a total of three. You can select the number of walls in your new galleries (3, 5, or 8), along with the color of the space (minimalist white, neutral beige or dramatic dark).

Select the number of walls in your new gallery.
Set the color theme for your new gallery.

Want to delete one of your old galleries and make a new one with a different number of walls or a different color? For now, you’ll find delete button on the gallery statement page. We’ll find a more convenient spot for it soon.

We know that some of you want more than three galleries. Hold tight! We’ll have something for you soon.

Improved Sharing

We thought we had the perfect solution for sharing. Let people take a screenshot of a gallery, automatically generate an invitation link, and let people share it using the phone’s own sharing menu. As it turns out, we created a totally hidden feature that only about 10% of our members found on their own!

With our latest update, we’ve done something radical and added an actual share button!

From any gallery, just tap the statement button to enter the gallery statement page.

You’ll find the share button conveniently located right there!

For fans of the screenshot method of sharing, don’t despair. That one still works too!

Featured Galleries

Randomly finding new artists with the shuffle button or searching for specific usernames are good ways to find new people on D Emptyspace, but what about the artwork that really stands out?

Now, when you tap the search button (magnifying glass) in the tap bar at the bottom of the screen, you’ll see a series of featured galleries curated by our team.

Tap any of them to be amazed. (If you want to see more from the same artist, tap their handle at the top of the screen to visit their profile.)

Download D Emptyspace for iOS: https://apple.co/2MhsxCs

Android version coming soon!

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