Having awkwardly and reluctantly established that the 'Constellation' map is probably unusable as it is to inform the show's curation directly, we are having to 'think outside the box' (I hate that phrase), to dictate a show full of absolutely eclectic artwork. Here are some of the most established/promising/interesting/exciting ideas.
Cabinet of Curiosities
One traditional way to bring together completely eclectic stuff is a cabinet of curiosities. This method houses all scales of artworks, and would allow for various 'curiosities' of artist practices to be shown (tools, research, inspiration etc.), as well at the main pieces. It also has connotations of high art and wealth, as well as implications of a diverse timeline - not just one static moment, but a showing of process and time in the work.
'Up in the Air'
|Obviously all the art wouldn't be kitchenware, and it would be spaced around a gallery. This image is purely for illustrative purposes.|
During discussions it was noticed that the inability to pinpoint the diversity of work, and the course as a whole, was as if CAP was loitering in space somewhere, up in the air. It was suggested that all the work was suspended, in some sort of to-be-defined constellation, as a really ambitious and dramatic show. It will obviously be difficult to 'hang' some works, such as video piece or large/heavy pieces, but the idea is more of an image of suspension - plinths would 'suspend' some works from below, for example.
One part about this which I find particularly appealing, is the use of the shadow cast on a blank wall, to mark our artist names/info. It would also be a wonderful spectacle from the mezzanine balcony of the gallery.
One way of exposing our practices/artworks in a conventional gallery space would be subtle sound installations for each piece of work, either with headphones for every piece (the closest image I could find is above), or as a quiet atmospheric mix of noises. Paint squelches, squeegees, ticking, typing and clicking (in my case).
Inverted white cube
I think it would have been hard to make this work, in that it would have perhaps looked like a bad attempt at a white cube, rather than subverting the expected.
This method would have been guaranteed to look good if we all had small to large, shown in light, 2D work. However, this is not the case and would have worked to some people's advantage while at the detriment of others. Also, the walls are the perfect size for this, but the floor space is enormous.
Kids' alphabet poster
|A particularly beautiful example from Decoylab|
|Another lovely example from Draw Pilgrim|
One curious idea to tie together a seemingly eclectic mix of work was to base the room on a children's alphabet poster. There are about 30 of us, and it could be a cheeky and playful way to present while non pretentiously putting forward conceptual themes in our work.
Ordering by Colour
I was particularly fond of ordering everyone's pieces by colour across the room or around the room. Or ordering them by complexity, size, or other aesthetic values.