Embarking upon a commissioned piece of art for your company should be an exciting adventure — one that brings leaders in your organization together and helps to illuminate shared goals, visions and aspirations. This process can often uncover latent ideas about you company history, culture and future visions. It can also be fraught with subjective opinion, conflicting ideas about process, budget and more.
Utilizing a professional art consultant can help your group to identify the proper artist in addition to establishing a clear budget, process and timeline. The consultant will also help stakeholders to manage expectations, coordinate reviews with the artist as the work is in process and correctly mount, frame and install your new artwork. Finally, your consultant can help you enhance your original concept by engaging with all key stakeholders, including the artist, and facilitating the sharing of ideas, resulting in a more cohesive and successful outcome.
With that being said, there are still some best practices your group should consider before undertaking the commission.
Good communication and a cohesive decision making group can help to make the commission experience, along with a good consultant, smooth and successful — culminating in a work of art to be proud of for the lifespan of your company or organization.
I recently got a call from my long-time client, the Blazers, to come and take a look at some things they were thinking about doing in their newly remodeled practice space in Tualatin. They had some items of an awkward shape and size their facilities folks weren’t comfortable with mounting on the wall.
Bill Branch, assistant general manager, has a really creative mind in addition to being just an all-out nice human being. He wanted to make an artistic display of some out-of-commission basket balls in his office as well as re-hang some photographs I had mounted for them on bamboo a couple of years ago. I love the idea of using the everyday objects of your work environment and re-imagining them as stand-on-their-own art or visual pieces. It really brings the space into holistic focus. But, as you know, not everyone knows how to hang a three dimensional object in a way that looks fresh and unfettered. It just so happens I had the perfect hardware to float the balls off the wall (it’s called Invisi Ball – doesn’t that just figure?).
Next up for the Blazers is a do-over of their family room. This needs to be a comfortable space for spouses and kids to hang out while they wait for their players. Stay tuned!
CenterCal Properties, LLC is a retail development leasing agent with shopping mall properties around the Northwest. Their Bridgeport Village office recently chose some super-cool old photos of Tualatin to highlight the colorful history of their locale.
Black and white photos included the Tualatin Fire Department, farming fields, old cars, historic schools and farming equipment.
These guys are an expert team of realtors and really know their stuff about leasing out retail space, but they weren’t too sure of what to do about framing and hanging their pictures in the fairly modern and very white-walled office space they have down there. Bring in Pero Design!
They decided to print the photos on canvas and gallery wrap them for a clean and simple fit to their minimalist space. This also let the subject matter of the photograph speak for itself without any influence of a frame. These pictures looked so great, we installed them on security hardware so they wouldn’t accidentally walk off with a quick-handed history buff. Yes, security is another reason to call in your art consulting expert. If you’ve made an investment in art or photography to hang in your public space, I’m sure you’d rather not have it swiped. A professional hanger can install it for you in a way to keep it safely on your walls.
The photos look great and our client and their other tenants are delighted with the way it all turned out. So delighted, Pero Design has been challenged with finding a way to artfully hang more photos in this open stairway. I’m thinking a really cool mobile could act the part of an artistic chandelier. What do you think?
You want something on your walls to draw young hip clients to your space. Your target market is pretty discerning, and they don’t want to look at just any old impressionist.
Have you considered commissioning art unique to your space and objectives? It’s easier, and more affordable, than you might think. Don’t know any artists? Aren’t sure how to get started? A professional art consultant will help you connect the dots between your blank wall, your potential client or audience, and the artist that can capture your vision.
Often, the process turns out to be less expensive then buying something from a gallery – both for residential and commercial spaces – and the end result is tailored just to you. Your consultant will identify artists to review, manage the process, budget and timeline and the final installation.
The step-by-step process looks something like this:
Concept collaboration: Your art consultant will meet with you to define your target audience and objectives. Your consultant can work from an existing space or from blueprints or with your designer to identify style and potential artists. Studio meetings can be set up between you and local artists to make the best match.
Pero Design has spent years developing relationships with local Northwest Artists. We have a portfolio readily available to view artists we represent, or we can identify a new local artist to meet your needs.
Many clients come to me thinking they need a consultant to help them pick out some existing art or artist to “decorate” their public spaces. What they don’t realize, is that their blank wall is an excellent opportunity to make “art” out their own product or service. Often, they already have at their disposal something that can become a compelling wall display. This will be something that will engage visitors and show off what they do best – whether that is their history, their human capital, their product or their community events. I’m talking about more than just some paintings of food for a restaurant. I’m talking about really making a statement about something unique and personal to that client.
Of course, my client, the Blazers, always do a fantastic job of showing off their players at every opportunity – and why wouldn’t they? It’s their players that inspire their brand and influence their fans. But sometimes it’s their players that need the inspiration. In their training room, we have featured action shots from years past and a three dimensional view box of historic jerseys.
But I have some other clients whose personal “art” selection wasn’t quite so obvious. Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative chose to feature some bright photographs of their community outreach events (including their awesomely engaging green bottle mascot) and their facilities. The MS Society also chose to feature their community and fundraising events. Event photos provide a ton of interest and color to an office space. It shows that these organizations are more than just people behind desks.
Vernier Software and Technology used photos taken at project sites to add interest and action to their break room and classroom.
Myhre Group Architects has an arsenal of fantastic projects to showcase. By installing them on a metal wall with super strong neodymium magnets, they are able to change them up as new projects are completed.
Some ideas we’d like to try:
All of these are examples of using what you do best as your “art.” Perodesign can help you identify what you might already have, or help you to capture your best asset in a way that does more than just “decorates” your space. Give us a ring!
The designer came to us and asked us to print some photos on canvas for their client. I asked them more about their client and thought this was a time to step outside the box and do something that fits within their business. As you can see, we had printed 3 photos on acrylic an mounted them with steel stand offs. These abstract photos by local photographer Rick Sorensen, were presented clean and simple.
For their classroom and break area, we framed another local photographer Jerome Harts photos in nice wide black wood frames. The fun photos really pop!
This is always a fun update. The photos are taken on media day by the Trailblazers great marketing team, selected and we then print them. After we have the prints, we finish them by mounting on 3/4″ bamboo with Portland’s eco-consious display company, Plywerk.
They layout is not easy. It’s a puzzle without a guide, so we move them around quite a bit till it just works. It is a lot of fun when the puzzle is solved.
In addition to new players, Pyramid’s Tap Room at Schonely’s Place inside the Moda Center got a fresh coat of paint and some more photos. We took the old pieces off the wall and after it was ready we did a new layout for the photos, added a more and installed, just in time for the WINNING season opener.
The Jersey case was done a couple years ago, but the light was on it just right, so had to show you. This is a display case for 3 retro jerseys. We wanted them to float in different layers so we worked with bars and cables from Arakawa to make this work.