We can now see and enjoy more art in seconds than we used to encounter in a lifetime. It glows so nicely on our monitor screens, it’s so portable, and obviously, it costs so little.
But virtual art is like food without nutrition – just simply not as good as the real thing. When you can hold the piece, walk up to it, study its layers and strokes, see light and dark, catch the emotion, live with it, touch the finish, marvel at the materials, and mull the artist’s expression of the story, that’s when it becomes sustenance for the soul rather than quick calories for the eyes.
Actual art can fill a variety of roles, from “star” to “supporting”. Depending on location and either spotlight focus or intriguing assembly with other pieces it’s volume in a space can expand or contract.
It’s not too big of a stretch to note that physical art can greet you when you arrive at the office or welcome you when you arrive home tired at the end of a long commute. It can be a steady source of familiarity and memory in a world that shocks on a regular basis.
So this is strong encouragement to not just view and “Like” (although each “Like” is hugely appreciated!) but to also go for the real thing. Bring that original art to your home and office and then give your selections some freedom, let them be a little “free range” – here’s what I mean . . .
First, art does not have to be vertical. Shocking, I know. How about topping a cool pile of books you love with that small painting that called out to you and said "read me too". Wear a new jewelry innovation in 3D digital fabrication. Totally satisfying each time you walk past it or your eye wanders over your wrist.
What about the top of that piece of furniture? Overlap a couple of compatible pieces and see them begin to talk to each other.
More about groupings - don’t miss the power of interactions between various pieces of art. They emit more energy when gathered! See what happens if your old school family heirloom mixes it up with more edgy neighbors, if your humorous wood crafts are backed up by a more serious blueprint – and they are all in turn backed up by lavish color brush work on metal roofing tin.
Let small go powerful – and let single go multiple. Why underwhelm with one smaller lonely piece on miles of wall when a collection of related works can better showcase whatever feels right for your interests, your time and your place?
Back to that awesome star piece on a single feature wall - these are the show stoppers with enough presence to hold their own in a room. Collect the ones that call out to you even long after you’ve seen them – because they say something important about you.