Yes it really has taken 2 weeks to make final preparations for the exhibition:
making sure that each picture has the right hanging attachments, since some have been hung in places that had different requirements from the Storey,
customising clothes hangers for paper dresses in a gallery situation,
putting labels on each picture,
wrapping mounted prints for the merchandise area,
borrowing a print rack for said prints,
finding enough cardboard, bubblewrap and in some cases blankets for 95 pieces,
and cutting, wrapping, cellotaping everything.
Never mind still completing new work at the last minute, as I found for example that the 3rd piece of tyvek for the Home series was damaged and I had to order more.
Meanwhile my ‘technician’ has been busy too:
making a giant Impossimaze for the floor,
making weird clothes hangers out of branches and logs,
working out how to hang pictures from Herris fencing,
negotiating with Kerry from the City Council about chairs, tables, display cabinets etc,
Booking drinks from Nice, and
using a chalk spray and stencil to spray the streets and cycleways with the exhibition title so that hopefully the question is now on everyone’s lips – Where Are We Going?
But I think all is now ready to move down from my studio on Wednesday afternoon (tomorrow) to a downstairs area of the Mill, so that loading the hired van first thing Thursday morning will be quicker and easier. And we (me and 2 friends) will have Thursday and Friday to set up.
And what will I be wearing at the opening? Will I really be wearing any paper clothes? …
Still to be decided.