Adam Dare's art courtesy of 212 Arts in its new bronze frame
Adam Dare is "all about the bunny", and we were all about designing the perfect frame for this guy! This example of Dare's signature stuffed rabbit with blinded eyes and broken heart inspired us to design an outstanding bronze finished steel frame that speaks to the hand-gilded "XO" covering the bunny's left eye as well as the color in the image itself. We worked with our partners at A Street Frames to design a custom metal shadowbox. The frame itself features a beautiful buffed textured surface and screw details on the side. The art was floated on archival mat board with our Japanese paper hinges and rice paste and fit with spacers. Finally, the artwork was protected behind 99% UV protection, reflection-free Museum Glass. We're so thrilled with the result!
Details of the frame and floating treatment
Adam Dare is a Brooklyn native street artist who has been tagging and painting since the heyday of graffiti art in the 1980s. His art and murals can be found in numerous cities, with a focus on Los Angeles and his native NYC. Dare works with a number of repeated images including playing cards, but he has earned the nickname, "The Bunnyman" with the iconic design that has inspired his slogan "Ain't about the money, All about the Bunny."* This stuffed toy with taped over eyes and broken heart is an image Dare has been drawing since childhood. It has a resonance with anyone who feels like a survivor of life's hard knocks. His smaller printed works often feature a hand gilded heart of gold.
Dare's latest bunny mural down the block from our studio on the LES
This work came to us via 212 Arts, an East Village gallery specializing in contemporary urban art and artists. It's always a pleasure to work with and support our neighbors here in the downtown art community. If you're among them, we invite you to stop by and pay us a visit.
We recently got a chance to stretch a great piece by Texas born artist Nick Flatt. Flatt hails from Dallas and is currently working as part of the fertile Berlin art scene. His numerous international exhibitions include stops in Berlin and London and, along with fellow street artist Cryptik, he created an Andy Warhol memorial mural in Los Angeles. His art often is often photorealistic and depicts stereotypical images that feel appropriated from advertising, but with more subversive comments and intentionally provocative titles.
Nick Flatt's completed stretched canvas in our studio
“Flatt whets the viewer’s unconscious appetite for consumption. However, their extreme, lascivious gestures distort our desire to the point of discomfort. By exposing the cheap triggers employed by these glossy glamazons, Flatt invites us to be repulsed by their honest unmasking.” *
The piece we stretched, "Revolution Porno" (2016), is part of a series in which the artist takes on icons of art and presents them literally going up in flames. The print we worked on is the artist’s version of the "Mona Lisa". It’s one of an edition of 20 giclee prints on canvas each hand-finished with spray paint, acrylic and oil and signed by the artist.
Two other works by the artist referencing Damien Hirst and Vermeer
Frames and Stretchers is fortunate to be afforded the opportunity to work with a wide variety of artworks from 100 year old abstract canvases to contemporary twenty-first century gallery installations. Nick Flatt’s work joins a growing list of street art works that have come through our studio doors here at The Clemente building at our location here on the Lower East Side.
We, at Frames and Stretchers are super thrilled to be part of the The Jam Master Jay Foundation for Music and Buzz Art Auctions New York. We made all the wood stretchers and stretched all the artwork to be auctioned on Thursday October 1, 2015 from 7:00-10:30 pm at 450 WEST 31st STREET BETWEEN 9th AND 10th AVENUES.
They will be showcasing and auctioning artworks on canvas from well known street artists from Europe, Latin America and United States.
The Jam Master Jay Foundation for Music is a 501(c)(3) organization created by Jam Master Jay's wife, Terri Corley-Mizell and some of Jay's closest friends. The foundation operates under the simple premise that regardless of socio-economic status, every child deserves equal access to the arts. The Foundation supports the idea that social Justice, Arts and Music (J.A.M.) education should be in every school, in every region of the country, giving children the opportunity to expand their world-view through artistic expression.
For more information and tickets: http://www.buzzartauctions.com/#!new-york/c4t