Photo by Ruben Ramirez

Our previous updates focused on sharing galleries for everyone. This time around, we’ve focused more on you. With a new spin on the UI, more personal customization, and easier share options, V1.8 of D Emptyspace gives you even more ways to share your galleries online.

Share your gallery via the new floating button

In your personal gallery, we’ve adjusted the design to include a floating share button. The quick share button lets you share via any method you choose including popular social applications like Whatsapp, Facebook, and Instagram.

You have plenty of share options to choose from

How to Share:

  1. Go to your profile
  2. Click on one of your galleries to open it
  3. Tap the floating share button (it looks like an envelope)
  4. Pick where you want to share and follow the prompts

Now it’s easier than ever to share your galleries on Facebook, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Instagram (Feed and Stories), or by sending a link. Your friends can view your galleries in a web browser, even if they don’t have the D Emptyspace app! (And remember sharing your galleries is the absolute best way to get feedback on your work, or to promote it!)

How to share your galleries on Instagram

We know how important it is to share your galleries on Instagram. That’s why we’ve made it even easier. By using the full-screen button you can now take high res screenshots of your entire gallery.

The full screen button is located on the top right hand corner of the screen

How to share via Instagram:

  1. Tap the full-screen button
  2. Take a screenshot of your gallery
  3. Crop out the black bars
  4. Use the Panorama Crop app to crop your image
  5. Upload the images in sequence to Instagram
  6. Done!

How’s this actually look, you ask? We have tons of great examples on our own Instagram feed.

Quickly set your cover image on your gallery

We’ve made the thumbnails setting for your galleries even easier to find.

Steps:

  1. Go to your profile
  2. Tap the three vertical dots in the top right corner of your gallery thumbnail
  3. Follow the prompts to choose your thumbnail

How to edit (crop) your cover image

Editing your cover image’s thumbnail is now possible inside the D Emptyspace app. When you select your image, you’ll be prompted to crop it automatically. If it does not fit the rectangular format, you can zoom in and out by using the pinching gesture, or pan by swiping.

We hope you enjoy the new features!

Special thanks to the entire team at Dift for working so hard to keep these updates rolling out so fast!

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How To Get an Exhibition in the Big City When You’re a Nobody

How To Get an Exhibition in the Big City When You’re a Nobody

Getting your artwork in front of the right eyes isn’t an easy task.

There’s a crazy concentration of artists, buyers, sellers, collectors, and galleries in big cities like New York and London. They’re practically bursting at the seams with creativity. The opportunity as an artist is incredible but these major cities also attract the best of the best. In other words, your competition is tough. Really tough.

We talked to six successful artists, curators, and collectors to get their top tips for getting your foot in the door with galleries in major cities.

If you don’t buy a ticket you’ll never win the lotto

A few months ago, I chatted with an artist named Cande Argiluar (amazing guy, doing amazing cross-cultural work). He was busy preparing for his first exhibition in New York. His story was almost a depressing one — for the few weeks before getting the good news from New York, he was thinking of giving up on exhibiting altogether.

But he got the call. And now he’s so busy painting, creating, and exhibiting, that he couldn’t even find the time to give me a quick quote for this article!

Point is, getting into a gallery is tough. But if you get scared and don’t jump into the fray, you’ll never make it.

Artist Cande Argiluar standing by his piece “Ha Ha Ha”

Every day a man begged God to win the lottery. But he stayed poor until he died. Soon he accused God, “I begged every single day to win the lottery, but you never helped me!” and God replied somewhat exasperated, “You never bought a ticket.”

How to start talking to gallery owners and curators

I’ve spoken to artists and curators, and they all say the same thing. Developing a personal relationship with gallery owners or curators is the best way to get your work on the wall.

UK artist and curator Simon Tarrant has curated exhibitions at the Tower of London, held successful pop-up exhibitions, and has been reviewed by the BBC and the New York Post Here’s his advice.

“It’s about researching if your work fits with the profile of the gallery, however from personal experience I have had most success when creating my own pop-up exhibitions in unusual places.”

But what about getting your work into bigger exhibitions?

“All galleries are hard to get in to and invariably it comes down to cultivating relationships with curators and jumping on as many competition and group exhibition opportunities as possible. Curator Space is an excellent platform to find out about new exhibition opportunities.”

Simon Tarrant pictured with Debbie Moore in front of his artwork “Pineapples”

And if you don’t actually live in the big city? There are plenty of ways you can still create a personal connection with gallery owners, and in some cases, bypass that need entirely. Simon’s first big win was through applying for a group show.

“I got into my first big gallery, the Royal Academy of Art by applying for the Summer Exhibition. With a rotating committee each year it’s a bit of a lottery, but nothing ventured nothing gained. More often than not it [applying to galleries] is as part of a group show or charity fundraising exhibition. For example I will be participating as part of Art for Youth UK, which takes place at the Mall Galleries from 11–13 December.”

Participating in charity events can be a way to put your career on the fast track. It shows that your art has a market (people will buy it), puts your name out there, and according to an artist we interviewed, can generate lots of commissions. Click here to get all the details.

Here’s some parting advice from Simon.

“It’s all about personal contact and recommendation — pursuing each and every opportunity — and demonstrating a track record of exhibitions and a decent mailing list. Also a genuine commitment to marketing, social media and developing a sales strategy.”

Know what type of portfolio to use when

Getting your portfolio right can be a tough task. That’s why we’ve created an entire post dedicated to it. In a nutshell, just one version of your portfolio isn’t going to cut it.

If you’re applying by sending in a physical portfolio (a technique many artists use), you might actually be wasting your time.

“It’s a challenging process, especially as so many galleries use relatively unqualified interns to assess portfolios.” Simon Tarrant

In some cases, curators are looking to receive a specific submission centered around a theme.

“When I put out a call for submissions, I ask for artists to submit up to three pieces. What I prefer to see from artists is a cohesive grouping because I like to give each artist their own section of wall space. When I get submissions that do not relate well to one another either in technique, subject, or point of view it’s difficult for me to understand what the artist is trying to say. I like to hang pieces that are immediately recognizable for that individual artist.”
— Joseph Abbati, Curator for Scott Weiber’s California State Senate Office

Joseph Abbati pictured next to one of his “Linemen” series

Here are some must-haves for your portfolio toolbox:

  1. An offline folder with hi-res photos of your art on your phone or tablet
  2. An online gallery/dedicated portfolio on an app like D Emptyspace
  3. An up-to-date website with hi-res images of your work and more detailed descriptions
  4. Small printed samples of your work that you can carry around with you (some artist laminate these and put them on a little ring binder)
  5. Bigger prints to show art galleries (either in person or via mail)

The key to a good portfolio is to “Keep it simple,” as pro fashion and portrait photographer Andrew McMeekin says.

“Don’t go on about yourself and about how you were a photographer when you were four and your grandma bought you your first camera. No one is vaguely interested in that story. If you check some statistics on websites, you’ve only got about 3 lines before someone gets bored and switches the page. So make sure your vision and portfolio is very easy to navigate.”
— Andrew McMeekin, Photographer

Andrew McMeekin pictured on the Salt Flats of Bolivia

Start Collaborating with Other Artists

Collaboration is a no-brainer. When you work with another artist, or even with a group of artists, you instantly get a group of people with different strengths and resources working towards a singular goal.

It’s a powerful thing.

Street artist Mohammed Ali regularly collaborates with painters, musicians, and other creatives for his live painting shows. He’s got some interesting criteria when choosing to work with someone or not.

“The artists I collaborate with have to not only be good artists, but also good people. If you’re a basic asshole with a big ego, I can’t work with you. I can’t connect with you. I want someone who’s gonna share positivity. Just be respectful and nice.” — Mohammed Ali

When looking to collaborate with people, make sure you find artists who compliment your personality type, and who are just as passionate as you are.

Street artist Mohammed Ali (Aerosol)

Blend creative passion with business-sense

Burnout is real. If you overwhelm yourself with an endless list of tasks and a plan that you never stick to, you might start resenting your work. The solution to this? Build a strategy that supports you in your pursuits.

Prolific painter Ricky Joyce (who’s aiming to get into the big New York galleries soon) gives some parting sage advice, “To continuously set up exhibits and show your face takes a lot of time and money. It’s important to make sure exhibits are worthwhile for you financially and time-wise. Always make sure they are a good fit for your art practice.

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Three Time Tested Ways to Arrange Art in Galleries

Three Time Tested Ways to Arrange Art in Galleries

fImages from Krzysztof Kowalik on Unsplash

Earlier this week, we brought you Five Resources to Master the Art of Storytelling through Curation, looking at how you can give your own galleries the same wow factor as what you’d see in a museum.

Today we’re going even more basic with clear examples of three time tested ways to arrange art on walls. First we’ll look at a few common arrangements that are proven to work. Then we’ll look at some of the elements in your photographs or artwork that help you decide what goes where.

I suppose that maybe this doesn’t need to be repeated, but remember that if you really want to make an impression, you have to get good at editing and only show off your best work, not everything.

Common Arrangements for Art and Photos

There are a two very practical reasons that galleries seldom hang artwork in clusters, preferring instead for linear layouts.

A linear layout in D Emptyspace. Single, diptych and triptych.

First, when galleries are crowded, a linear layout allows visitors to walk though and enjoy each piece of art equally. Second, it means each work can be at approximately eye level. (Gallery height is 57 inches or 145 cm “on center”. This isn’t something you’ll need to worry about though in a virtual gallery like D Emptyspace.)

The Single

Thanks to what I’ve dubbed the “Instagram Effect”, most of us consume and showcase our art and photography in singles, or one-off images. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing in a gallery, but it does get monotonous, so you’ll want to break things up with other arrangements as well.

A “single” featured in a D Emptyspace Gallery.

When singles work: Use singles for high impact images that need to be large to be fully appreciated, or images that tell a self-contained story.

The Diptych

From Greek and meaning “two fold” the diptych originated as an artwork in two parts. The earliest diptychs were actually painted on hinged wooden panels that allowed them to be folded, but, as with most things, they’ve evolved. Generally the two images in diptychs are the same size or very close to it.

Though their origins are ancient, diptychs are still used regularly in modern art. Take, for example, Andy Warhol’s famous Marilyn Diptych, a silk screen work from 1962.

A diptych featured in a D Emptyspace Gallery.

When diptychs work: Use diptychs to show the relationship (or juxtaposition) between two artworks, or to split one artwork across two panels.

The Triptych

I first came across the word triptych in a university art appreciation course. Like the diptych, the term comes from Greek and this time means “tri-fold.” It emerged in the early Christian church and in many cases the three images represented the trinity. While traditional triptychs had a near 2:1 aspect ratio, this is art, so there are no rules!

The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch, circa 1500. (Public Domain)

Perhaps the most famous and influential triptych is The Garden of Earthly Delights a very trippy piece by Hieronymus Bosch, pictured above.

A triptych featured in a D Emptyspace Gallery.

When triptychs work: Use triptychs to tell a story with clear sections, or to draw the eye across the wall. (Or as one article suggests, use triptychs to maximize wall coverage!)

D Emptyspace

D Emptyspace is available now for iPhone. 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.

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Android version coming soon!

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