thoughts on framing
I have painted for a long time using Ampersand panels, and their nice 2" cradles create a clean presentation of the work without the need for a frame. But when I returned from the Centre D'Art I Natura
early this month with over 30 small mixed-media paintings on paper, I needed to consider framing issues for the first time in years. The photos above show the presentation that I settled upon. The painting is mounted on a foam core pedestal and surrounded by a floating mat, in what is referred to as an "island float" (I know, it sounds like one of those syrupy drinks with an umbrella stuck in it.) The frame itself is maple with a clear lacquer finish.
It seemed a rather daunting task to narrow down the options and find a solution that I could use consistently for whichever pieces I chose to frame from this series. No doubt there are other solutions that would have worked fine, or better than this. But I'm pleased with this look, which won out over other considerations.
When I first decided to paint on paper during my residency, my plan was to bring the work home and mount it onto Ampersand panels, and that these panels would become components in larger, multiple panel paintings. But from the beginning these paintings done at CAN seemed distinctive and separate from my other body of work, and the idea of mounting them onto panels no longer seemed right to me once I got home.
What works best for presentation and framing a particular piece seems elusive and mysterious to me. I'm not sure why...after all, I deal in subtle shifts and gradations all the time in my painting, and that's essentially the issue. But some people have such an eye for this--knowing that a quarter inch in the width of a frame or a particular off-white mat works better than another, similar choice. Many thanks to Sara at AllExperts.com
for her help and to others who offered advice.
So far, I have only framed these two paintings, both of which I took to Grace Chosy Gallery
in Madison, WI last week. I hope to frame the rest few at a time over the next several months. And for now, I am offering the CAN series
for sale unframed, with framing upon request. (Please inquire for prices on these, which range from $100-$650 unframed...email firstname.lastname@example.org.)