Welcome to the worldly adventures of SEVEN

SEVEN is a collective of multi-disciplined artists from rural Nova Scotia. Collaboration is the foundation for creativity, where each artist responds artistically in her own medium to a selected theme. Through collective discourse, various elements combine to form a much richer body of thought - adding new and perhaps unforeseen levels of creativity and interpretation.

Rurally routed to their tidal landscape, SEVEN knows, what goes out, does come in.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Preparing for opening of Show in Kerteminde, Sept. 12, 2010

We had an early start driving across Sjaelland, across the bridge over Store Baelt and finally up along the highway for the north east part of Fyn, where Kerteminde is situated. We were let in by Lene B the woman at work in the store, museum and gallery on this Saturday. Empty space what to do with it all.

Our Danish poster was up on the wall, reminding us why we were there!

As it was when the crate had arrived with the shipper from Copenhagen to Kerteminde midt August a small problem had occured. I thought I had measured the doors and the crate, assuring myself and the woman at the office that day that all was well and the crate was safe in the spot we had chosen for it. Ah, but sometimes unforeseen happenings take place and so it turned out that the crate was too wide when lifted on the forklift and it didn't fit through where we expected after all. Thus the freight man had followed the office lady around until they found a suitably wide door which the crate would enter without hesitation or problems.

And here is another surprise. When we opened the door through which we had been told to enter to get to the crate .......... This monster was sitting there with a smug grin, well, I thought so anyways. And it was effectively blocking the door which we were planning on entering through. We managed to pull the monster back a bit, open the door and upon entry discovered that fortunately there was another set of doors so we wouldn't have to balance in and out of a very tight place with our works, risking scraping and denting. That was a grand relief.

Kim, one of my two faithful helpers, staring at this magnificent crate, and finally asking me how I was planning to move the crate. I had forgotten to explain that the plan was to put some of the work in the back of his car and drive it the 200 meters to the back entry of the gallery. Other pieces which were too big to fit into the car were to be carried one at a time for this distance.

And so we opened up the lid and started to unpack the goodies once again.

Slowly, slowly everything was moved to the gallery space and the next step of the unpacking process got started, all the wrappings were carefully removed first from the pieces they were covering and next put out in an adjacent room so we could begin to see some order in the madness.
This is one of the strange and madening things when hanging a show in a new place, a lot of time is needed to feel, see and decide where what is going to go, there is no way that this can be planned beforehand.

Having a chat with Lene B the felting lady tending the shop today, she was so excited on our behalf, but keeping her distance at the same time knowing from experience that hanging a show and chatting to visitors about what is going on at the same time is not an easy task at all.

I have to say that SEVEN is rather thankful that Lone and Kim, good admires and friends of us all were willing and able to drive with me to Kerteminde to hang the exhibit for its third and last showing in Denmark.
Looking at the room I thought, ah well, it won't be excruciatingly difficult to hang this, it will be ok. And it was ok, except it took us 6 hours from start to finish. Six good hours of listening to the pieces and the walls and the plinths and deciding who needed to go where and why.
Lone was our trusted photographer, making sure that everything was recorded by camera for posterity.


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