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04-19-2018

ILevel Art Installation Projects – April Edition

There’s never a dull moment at ILevel (see proof below), and today we’re sharing photos of some of the most remarkable art installation projects we’ve completed this month. Our designer/installers are always up for challenges that require creative problem-solving, a designer’s eye, and meticulous technical expertise. Below are some examples of projects that highlight this rare combination of skills.

Chelsea Doors @ Ricco/Maresca Gallery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earlier this month, ILevel installed the Chelsea Doors exhibit at Ricco/Maresca Gallery. The doors, which are white-washed, worn, and graffitied, are iconic objects because of the famous musicians, authors, and artists who lived behind them. ILevel suspended the large wooden doors from the ceiling by wire, giving the impression that you could knock and someone might answer. Salvaged by a former resident, the doors were auctioned on April 12th at Ricco/Maresca Gallery and some of the proceeds from the $400,000 sale went to City Harvest. The door to room 211 where Bob Dylan wrote Blonde on Blonde sold for a whopping $100,000. You can read more about the doors and this installation here

Stunning Stairwell Installation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Installing these four large pieces in this curved, multi-story stairway is one of those design/installation challenges that the men from ILevel live for. This job required design sense, technical skill, safe art handling techniques, and teamwork.

Eclectic Salon Arrangement

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ILevel arranges and installs many salon walls in the course of a month, and many stand out as works of art themselves, walls you just can’t look away from. This arrangement includes something for everyone, from plates to antlers, and portraits to seascapes. The objects appear to having nothing in common with each other, but somehow when put together in this particular way, it works beautifully.

Blown Glass Mirrored Globe Installation for Drake/Anderson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This ILevel team hung a wall of blown glass mirrored globes in the model apartment at the Architectural Digest Design Show in March. Mirrored balls were once known as “butler balls” as they could be placed on a dining room sideboard to alert servers outside the room when service was required. Also known as gazing balls, these delicate globes are said to be the inspiration for glass baubles being used as Christmas tree decorations. This contemporary arrangement brings a merry, stylish feel to this room.

Sign Installation

And finally, proof that there really is never a dull moment in the life of a New York City professional art installation company. ILevel installed this sign in a corporate lobby.

Will your ILevel installation project will be featured next month? There’s only one way to find out. Call us for your next project at 212.477.4319 or email info@ilevel.biz.

04-13-2018

Refresh and Rearrange Your Walls for Spring

The magnolia buds are on the trees, the forecast is for temperatures in the 70’s this week, and we’re beginning to peel off layers of outerwear. Spring has sprung in New York City, at ILevel Studio, and in the homes and offices of many of our clients. Walls are a perfect canvas for bringing a bit of that spring feeling inside. Here’s some inspiration to help you refresh and rearrange your walls to celebrate this lighter, brighter season.

Display the Props of the Season

Time to trade snow shovels for canoe paddles and stocking caps for straw hats. Or you can display these and other reminders of spring on your walls, as in these two great installations by ILevel. Select what reminds you of spring, whether it’s birds’ nests, collectible flower pots, or antique gardening tools, and imagine an arrangement that will revitalize your rooms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bring the Outside Inside

It’s best to get out and experience nature firsthand, but if you can’t make it outside, you can bring nature inside. This group of photos was shot by Jack Stadtlander, ILevel professional art installer and photographer. You can see his photos at ILevel Studio. You can find inspiration from the immense variety of nature-related wall art that’s out there, whether it’s botanical water colors, nature photography, or Clare Goddard’s collaged botanicals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Change a Wall Color

One of the easiest ways to revitalize a room is to change one wall color. This antique medicine bottle collection stands out beautifully on this spring-inspired eggshell blue wall. Or if it’s too difficult to commit to one color, add several, as in this paint swatch wall with mini installations.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Add Pops of Color 

ILevel recently installed these Andrew Zimmerman pieces from the Sears-Peyton Gallery in a client’s kitchen. These sculptures, automotive paint on wood, bring life and energy to this room.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revitalize a Salon Wall

The beauty of a salon wall is that it can be rearranged or expanded any time. Spring is a perfect time to refresh your salon installations of personal photography to include photos from recent vacations, weddings, graduations, and the addition of new family members. Salon walls can include more than just photography. You can add special items like children’s art and important personal objects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more ways to refresh and rearrange your art and objects, turn to ILevel at 212.477.4319.

04-02-2018

The Professional Art Hanging Process, During and After

Usually we post photos of our finished professional art hanging projects. Today we have rare shots of the process as it’s unfolding. Here’s Jack working with this collection of Damien Hirst spot paintings. First, he lays out this salon style installation on the floor where he can work with the pieces like a jigsaw puzzle to find the most appealing arrangement. He’s paired up some similar pieces by spot size and frame size, and will place many pieces with an equal amount of space between frames to create consistency. Yet there are some pieces that defy these rules, proving that this installation is a work of art requiring a designer’s eye to make it sing.

(DIY pro tip: do try this at home. Laying out your pieces first allows you to play with different arrangements without damaging your walls.)

Next up, Jack carefully installs the pieces he’s prearranged. As you can imagine, this is much more difficult than it looks. There’s tremendous technical skill involved in transferring this design from the floor to the wall. This includes accurate measuring, drilling, and leveling to maintain the integrity of the design, plus handling the pieces properly as they go up on the wall.

Ta da, flash forward to the final gorgeous installation! Of the Spot paintings conception, Hirst explains: “To create that structure, to do those colours, and do nothing. I suddenly got what I wanted. It was just a way of pinning down the joy of colour.” And this arrangement pins down the joy of an art installation job well done.


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