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.

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

Android version coming soon!

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Feature Updates: How to Share Your Galleries

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!

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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