Art Installation Tips and Tricks

Matt Flint and Jamie Burnes, at Gallery MAR
Matt Flint and Jamie Burnes, at Gallery MAR

At Gallery MAR, we always appreciate the opportunity to help our collectors hang their artwork in their homes, as a complimentary service. But occasionally we call upon the experts, particularly when it is a tricky hanging job. Or, when we need to hang into stone (that’s more than we can handle!).  When we need an expert, we call Dave with Aisling Art Installation. Below, you will find an interview with our art installer, Dave Berry.

How did you get into the art installation business and why?

For years I was a finish carpenter to help pay for my skiing career. After that I worked for our family business, Park City Transportation. Than about five years ago a good friend of mine Brian at Peak Art & frame asked me if I would be interested in helping his frame shop by handling all of their installations and deliveries. He knew I had been a carpenter and he needed someone that was skilled and very personable. Until this past summer I was doing installations as a part time job. It was time for me to move on from Park City Transportation and start something new. I wasn’t sure exactly what to do, than a few caring friends encouraged me to start an art installation business. It was something that I enjoyed doing and I was realizing that I had a knack for layout and design. So Aisling Art Installation came to be. I love it! I have found a greater appreciation for art and have become more a part of the community.

What does Aisling mean?

Aisling means vision in Gaelic. I spent about a month looking up thesaurus and domain names to find something that I liked. One day I decided to see if anything translated in Gaelic due to my Irish heritage. I came across Aisling and liked it. For about a week after I kept looking for names and realized I could spend years searching. I narrowed it down to a few things and really loved Aisling Art Installation.

Why does a collector need an installer? Can’t I just hang up my fine art with a hammer and nails?

You want to know that your art is secure; whether the piece of art was an investment or something that was inspiring, even pictures of loving memories. Yes, you can install fine art with a nail and a hammer. Every piece is different; it really depends on how much the piece weighs and what means were put on the piece by the artist to hang it up with. I always carry a wide variety of hangers, nails, screws etc…

What are some basic hanging directions and insights?

You want to place your piece of art in a place that is going to display it the best. Some pieces of art need more light than others. Try not to put several different pieces in the same space. Many times on certain walls less is more.

How do you decide how high to hang a painting?

Height is really personal preference. As for myself and many galleries the preferred height is 60 inches to the center of the piece. It is a very pleasing height for your eye.

I want to hang something over my stone fireplace. Where should I start?

First you want to see what would fit in the space that you want. Many fire places have stones that protrude out and make it difficult for art piece to hang right.

I have something really, really heavy to hang on my walls. Where should I start and what should I look for?

Start by looking at the piece and see what was provided on the back to install with. There have been times that I have had to change what was provided to make sure it is secure on the wall. Always make sure that the piece is installed into a stud in the wall. There are many wall anchors and molly bolts that can hold significant weight, but still nothing is as strong as installing something into a wall stud.

How far apart do you recommend I hang artworks in a series?

It depends on the size of the pieces and the space you would like to place them in. You don’t want them to look to crowded or spaced to far apart. I like to take a few moments and place them on the floor and play with different spacing to see what looks best.

What is the most common thing that people comment on when while you are install some art?

It would be about my red velvet installation slippers. They are vans slip on to be exact. They are kind of fun! I make sure I always remove my shoes when I enter a home. My feet would kill me walk up and down my ladder so I need to find something to wear. I remembered I had purchased a pair of red velvet vans for a costume party a year earlier and didn’t use them much. They were perfect! Not sure if I will be able to match them if they ever wear out.

Do you have any hilarious stories about a time when you were installing?

I did an installation of several pieces for couple that just purchased a new home. A week later they called me up and asked if I could come over for another install. They had several more pieces that they had just purchased and wanted to get them up right away. As I was installing the new pieces I noticed that almost all of the pieces I installed a week before were not level. It seemed odd since I made sure that they were all level. I went ahead and leveled everything again. When I was about finished in the down stairs the husband came home and we began talking as I finished up. I happened to look over my shoulder and noticed he was readjusting everything I had just installed and made level. I realized that he was the reason for all the other pieces I had installed previously for being out of level. I just smiled to myself and finished with the install. I never said anything to the couple about it. They are great clients and it makes me smile every time I’m called to come back and install more pieces.

I need to get a hold of you; how do I do that?

The best way to reach me is by phone 435.655.1322.  I may also be reached by e-mail. dave@aislingartinstall.com. My website is aislingartinstall.com.

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