Tschabalala Self Illustrates a "Bodega Run"

Posted on September 14, 2017 by Alison Pierz

Frames and Stretchers knows how to do stretchers! Take for example these eight, eight-foot interlocking stretchers we just had custom-built for the artist Tschabalala Self. After the group of mixed media works on canvas were stretched in our studio, they were transported to the artist’s New Haven, CT studio. From there they were shipped to her current exhibition, “Bodega Run” which is on view at the Pilar Corria Gallery in London through September 17.

Tschabalala Self mixed media art on canvas black female artist             Artist Tschabalala Self with two of her canvases ready to head to her studio

Tschabalala Self is originally from Harlem. She completed her undergraduate degree at Bard before completing her MFA at Yale in 2015. Highly successful for a recent graduate, Tschabalala was represented at this year’s Frieze Art Fair by the Italian based T293 Gallery which specializes in presenting emerging international artists. She has been featured in numerous publications including Art in America, The Guardian, Hyperallergic, and the New York Times.

Interlocking stretchers art handling

The stretchers awaiting the artwork and the artwork being prepared for delivery

Self’s practice involves a primarily mixed media approach. Her works on paper are often collage or assemblages and the works that we stretched involved paper images sewn onto a fabric backing. These individual pieces are being shown in as part of an onsite installation in the gallery. Tschabalala addresses the image of the black female body as seen in our culture. The aptly named Self explains, “My subjects are fully aware of their conspicuousness and are unmoved by their viewers. Their role is not to show, explain, or perform but rather “to be.” In being, their presence is acknowledged and their significance felt. My project is committed to this exchange, for my own edification and for the edification of those who resemble me.” *

 Tschabalala Self artist mixed media installation black art Pilar Corrias gallery London Bodega Run
Installation image from "Bodega Run" at the Pilar Corrias Gallery London (image courtesy of the gallery)

Frames and Stretchers enjoys a symbiotic relationship with our partner company Art Delivery Van. Their team provided he transportation to New Haven en route to London. We look forward to future exciting collaborations like this one!


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Puppetmaster Manuel Moran Champions Latino Theater in PR and on the LES

Posted on June 20, 2017 by Alison Pierz

Manuel Moran is a major force in puppet theater and the Latino art community and we’re fortunate to share with him an affiliation with the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center here on the Lower East Side. He recently brought us a great framing project. Moran’s latest film is a documentary called “Titeres en el Caribe Hispano” about the origins of puppet theater in the Cuba, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. It provides a unique insight into the work of many prominent pioneers and puppet companies from the two countries. We framed his poster for the movie with our usual high-standard museum board and glass along with black hardwood moldings.

Manuel Moran Títeres en el Caribe Hispano poster framing
The framed poster for Titeres en el Hispano

A native of Puerto Rico, Moran is an actor, director, producer and puppeteer. He is the founder and Artistic Director of SEA, Society of the Educational Arts, Inc. with offices in Puerto Rico, Florida and New York City. SEA is the first Puerto Rican organization dedicated to the arts in education with simultaneous operations in Puerto Rico and the United States. Its objective is to offer a real entertainment alternative, with cultural value and educational quality for kids, youth and adults through bilingual educational programs like workshops, seminars, theater and other cultural and artistic events. Moran is the recipient of numerous awards and his positions and affiliations include being the Vice-President of UNIMA (Union Internacionale de la Marionnette), the oldest international theater organization in the world and the former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Clemente. He lives and divides his time between New York and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

puppeteer actor director Manuel Moran
Puppeteer, actor and director Manuel Moran

BORIMIX: Puerto Rico Fest is a month long, city-wide festival of Puerto Rican artists working in film, theatre, poetry, dance, music and the visual arts in New York City. “Titeres en el Caribe Hispano” had its US debut at Teatro SEA during the BORIMIX festival here at the Clemente last November. We look forward to working more with this super talented man!

Manuel Moran Títeres en el Caribe Hispano puppet theater documentary movie posterPoster for the film from its premier


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Fragmented Reality in Pinar Du Pre's Stunning Portraits

Posted on May 04, 2017 by Alison Pierz

Pinar Du Pre Turkish Artist Portrait Painting Contemporary Pop Art
An intense, "Jugendstil Pop-Art" figure from Pinar Du Pre


Frames and Stretchers is thrilled to have the opportunity to once again be working with the art of Pinar Du Pre. We are in the process of building stretchers to stretch a selection of her vibrant canvases that will be featured in her upcoming solo exhibition, Snapshots II at the Emmanuel Fremin gallery in Chelsea. Once done, the paintings will be transported to the gallery courtesy of Art Delivery Van.

Pinar Du Pre Fragmented Portrait Painting

Powerful portraiture in texture, pattern and color

 Pinar Du Pre is an Austrian/Turkish painter whose current body of work is comprised of colorful, gilded, fragmented portraits. An autodidactically trained artist, Du Pre takes her inspiration from numerous sources including the artists of Vienna Künstlerhaus and Wiener Werkstaette, Pop Art, contemporary virtual reality and the tension between human perception and scientific fact. As homage to her many influences she refers to her style as "Jugendstil Pop-Art". Pop Art was stimulated by the iconography of materialism and the mass culture of its time. Similarly, Pinar’s work addresses the concerns of our twenty-first century culture, specifically the fragmented pixilation that we are exposed to through digital technology. Her work differs from Pop in that her “snapshots” are more intimate in their subversive intent. 

Pinar Du Pre Gold Leaf portrait painting

A provocative image surrounded by gold 

Pinar addresses the differences between our perceived notions of realty and “actual” realty; how we see ourselves versus how the rest of the world sees us, the inner versus the outer self. Her use of materials also crosses the boundaries between the virtual and real. “Building on the synthetic intensity of digital art”* she paints with a blend of tangible media: acrylics, printed elements and epoxy glass, highlighted by bright metallics.

Du Pre’s growing success at both gallery shows and art fairs is testament to the fact that her figurative representations resonate with a contemporary audience. These strong, larger than life renderings are also distinctively beautiful!


Pinar Du Pre, Snapshots II opens May 11 and runs through June 17 at Emmanuel Fremin Gallery, 547 W 27th St #510, New York, NY 10001. 

An opening reception will be held May 11 from 6-8pm.

Posted in Art Delivery Van, Chelsea Gallery, Custom Framing, Emmanuel Fremin, Gold Leaf, Painting, Pinar Du Pre, Portrait

Abstract Movement in the World of Alyson Butterfield

Posted on April 15, 2017 by Erick Rios

Last week we got a framing order for a large Alyson Butterfield piece and were impressed with her abstract art. Her color play and shape usage allow the viewer to make highly personalized interpretations of art. We framed this piece with a gray stained Wenge wood frame. Next we floated the piece with Japanese paper and rice paste. Since the frame design and piece were both large scale, we added a strainer and used Optium Museum Acrylic instead of Museum glass. The end result was outstanding. 

Alyson Butterfield original artwork.

Alyson's journey through creating has been an interesting one filled with multi-medium experimentation. Besides painting, she creates photographs, collages, prints, and drawings. Her career began in the Bay area where she attended California College of the Arts and the San Francisco Art Institute. Following graduation, she traveled throughout Europe exploring and further improving her art. Upon her return, she moved to Seattle where she taught at Cornish College of the Arts. After taking a brief break from creating, she moved to Oakland and resumed her craft. Fueled by mystery, emotion and play Alyson's works are large scale investigations of humanity through movement. 

 Frames and Stretchers in the Lower East Side framing an original Alyson Butterworth piece.

Alyson has exhibited extensively throughout the Southwest and the Bay over the course of her career. Currently she resides in Escondido, California and can be reached for inquiries on her website. The artwork was installed by Art Delivery Van. To keep up with our daily projects, follow us on Instagram, or stop by for a quote to see the workshop in action.

Posted in abstract art, abstract painting, Alyson Butterfield, Art Delivery Van

Wonder Woman Street Style Painted Canvas

Posted on December 15, 2016 by Erick Rios

Wonder Woman Close Up:

This week at Frames and Stretchers,  we stretched a canvas of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. Christina Angelina, also known as Starfighter, created the painting. Christina is based in Los Angeles although her work can be seen all over the country. Gal Gadot was also impressed with the canvas. She posted a picture of the canvas on her Instagram account with the caption: "This #WonderWoman mural from #SDCC2016 by @starfightera is unbelievable!"

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Image from Gal Gadot's Instagram

The Canvas: 

 The canvas is 90 inches x 90 inches. We custom built the stretcher and Art Delivery Van delivered it to New York Comic Con at the Jacob Javits Center. Christina Angelina was a marathon runner before she began making street art. She has several pieces around Los Angeles, and continues to paint more. Christina's artwork has a distinct style. She uses shadowing to create super realistic street art using mostly women as her subjects. Her painting of Gal Gadot falls into that style with her facial expression and eyes seeming to stare right through you. Christina used spray paint to create the Wonder Woman portrait. The canvas was also shown at San Diego Comic Con before it was shipped to us.

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The journey from stretcher to New York Comic Con. 


We are big fans of the canvas at Frames and Stretchers and proud of the work we've done. Head over to our Instagram to see more pictures and make sure you go see Wonder Woman when it comes out. Watch the trailer below.

Posted in art delivery van, Christina Angelina, clemente building, custom framing, frames and stretchers, gal gadot, Jacob Javits Center, lower east side, new york comic con, nycc, Starfighter, wonder woman