It was a tremendous pleasure to frame the art of stellar Cuban artist José Bedia! The work came to us courtesy of Lyle O. Reitzel Gallery, a leading contemporary art gallery in Santa Domingo, and now here on the Lower East Side. The work on paper titled, Tocado desde el Principio, immediately suggested to us using one of our new riveted steel moldings. We choose a brushed darker metal highlighted by a rust color interior to complement the black, gray, and umber details in this exquisite aquatint. We floated the artwork using archival rice paste and Japanese paper hinges then protected it behind Optium Museum Acrylic. This museum grade glazing offers 99% UV protection along with a crystal clear glare resistant surface.
Jose Bedia's print finished in its new steel frame with rivet details.
Collectors often bring us art from Cuba to frame, but this one was particularly special. Bedia is one of Cuba’s brightest art stars. An internationally known figure, Bedia has had work in the Havana and Venice Biennales, solo shows in venues like the Fowler Museum in Los Angles and he is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship among other honors. Bedia’s style can be defined as Neo-Primitive and figurative. He is an accomplished draftsman who excelled in drawing, illustration, and comics as a student. Bedia is passionately interested in Native American culture and Afro-Transatlantic cultures. He also draws significant inspiration from “… his Santeria faith, an amalgamation of Yoruba, indigenous, and Christian beliefs, with his works frequently depicting mythical elements, altars, and other sacramental imagery, often serving as a pointed critique of colonialism”. * His work is represented in many notable collections including MoMA, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Guggenheim, Tate Modern, and the Smithsonian among others.
Team member Stascia carefully applying the paper hinges to secure the art.
Truly special art offers us the opportunity create truly special custom frame designs. Apart from exquisite metal frames like this one we offer fully customizable options that include hand painting, hand carving, gilding and hot contemporary looks in acrylics and colors. Please stop by and visit us in either our Lower East Side or Brooklyn locations and see what we can create for your special project.
Close up showing details of the frame and floated artwork.
Karlos Pérez's portrait of a Cuban school boy
Frames and Stretchers recently had the pleasure of working with a powerful figurative painting by Cuban artist Karlos Pérez in the studio. The collector came down from upstate New York and brought one of Pérez’s “Ametropia series” paintings to be stretched and framed. The Ametropia paintings reference vintage photographs, altered and re-presented in Pérez’s distinctive, distorted style. The images are rendered on a large scale and distorted through his painterly process. This particular image was based on a 1960s school portrait of a Cuban immigrant to the US. It’s part of a larger body of work that references vintage photographs which the artist manipulates in order to distance them from their original time and place and create a more surreal visual experience.
A work from Karlos Pérez's, "Ametropia"series
With a background in photography, video, and installation, Karlos Perez’s paintings blur the traditional discourse of art. His works are not so much portraits in the traditional sense, but more of an exploration of existential character. Pérez’s paintings also blur the boundaries between mediums. Fragments of images have been meticulously analyzed by the artist and processed through the filters of his personal experiences. Family photographs are removed and distanced from their temporal settings contributing to their surreal quality. His method involves blotting of paint and scratching of the canvas. He reshapes the original images as captured on film creating a fluid, liquid feeling. The results are enigmatic paintings that seem to have traveled through time to captivate us in the present.
An image with two figures from the artist's "Ametrpoia" series
Although based in Cuba, Pérez is a young artist currently exploring domestic as well as international production and exhibition. It was exciting to have the opportunity to work with his art here at our Lower East Side location!
From his artist statement: “There is no such thing as an original image, every image is incomplete and is always revealed as reminiscent of many others…”