Katherine Bernhardt's bright, graphic style sits perfectly in this custom handpainted frame! We obtained one of her recent Puerto Rico inspired pieces from the Roberto Paradise gallery in San Juan and set to work designing just the right presentation. We designed a white maple hardwood frame with contrasting blue splines and pinstripe detail and produced it in conjunction with our partners at Cedar Owl Frames. The art was floated on an archival mat board using Japanese paper hinges and fully reversible, archival rice paste. Finally, it was set back from the glazing with spacers and protected behind UV protective, non-glare Museum Glass.
Erick shows off the Katherine Bernhardt painting in its new frame
Katherine Bernhardt is a Missouri native, currently based in Brooklyn, who received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MFA from the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. Her early works were figurative, inspired by fashion and celebrity photos from magazines. A trip to Morocco in 2008 introduced her to the rich traditions of African weaving and she began creating more abstracted works based on patterns. This piece, featuring pizza slices, watermelon and smileys is part of her recent body of work based on simple vernacular objects and forms. Many of the pieces in this group include flora and fauna of Puerto Rico. These compositions morph her figurative and abstract patterned styles. The artist describes her vision, “They’re just good colors and shapes. Look at a sock: it’s got really good colors, white with red and blue stripes. Toilet paper is a squarish oval,"....“A cigarette is a line. A dorsal fin is a triangle, and so is a Dorito.” *
Details of the contrasting corner splines and pinstripe
Bernhardt is among the many outstanding contemporary artists whose work we have the pleasure of custom framing. Although some artworks are served best by clean, white or natural hardwood gallery style frames, some pieces cry out for a uniquely tailored look all their own. The contrasting splines on this frame are actually a structural feature highlighted to become a design feature. If you're thinking outside the box for your next framing project, stop by and visit us and see what we can create together!
Katherine Bernhardt in her Brooklyn studio image courtesy of Emily Johnston for "Artsy"
A recent project at Frames and Stretchers involved the intersection of Andy Warhol’s Factory and the 70s downtown punk scene. We had the opportunity to frame an original Jon Pellicoro, “Andy Warhol” hand grenade. The unique and edgy graphic work was given a high-end treatment befitting a museum quality piece. We built a beautiful closed corner maple frame gilded with 22K gold. The grenade was hinged using Japanese paper and rice paste and mounted behind Optium museum acrylic.
Jon Pellicoro's Andy Warhol inspired hand grenade
Pellicoro was the drummer for the short-lived band the Handgrenades who hailed from Long Island and played Bowery circuit venues like Max’s and CBGB’s. He and band mate Bob Kern have been described as “mordant provocateurs, and good ones at that”. * It was Pellicoro who produced the grenades.
Doing conservation work on the grenade print
Details of the closed corner frame and 22K gold leaf
As a professional graphic artist who worked for the East Village Eye and was a partner in the design firm Grafix Multimedia, Pellicoro had the skills to experiment with unusual advertising gimmicks to promote the band. After a trip to the Factory he got the idea to produce a number of Warhol “inspired” hand grenades to pitch the band's 1979 single Demo to London. These grenade cutouts bore the name of the band and song as well as a “replica” Andy Warhol signature. Many storeowners thought the artworks were authentic Warhols and some were stolen. Some found the grenades to be a clever gimmick, while others were less than amused. Kern says they even tried to provoke Andy himself, “We also put one in Warhol's elevator, we posted them in the elevator of the Factory, and we sent them up to the third floor and walked off.”* Apparently Warhol verbally threatened to sue them, but nothing ever came of it.
The former promotional material in it's beautiful new frame
Now the grenades are a piece of urban folklore and it seems appropriate to have the opportunity to help preserve such a great piece of NYC history here at our LES location!