thoughts on the art-politics of framing?
For anyone wondering why so quiet here lately it is because my painting and other life stuff has stolen me away from my computer over the past week. However, I do have some great plans in the work – an article about Sangram Majumdar that hopefully will include him answering a few questions about his work. I have a number of other posts planned as well. I hope you bear with me as I get this together in the next 2 or 3 days.
What I miss is the lively discussion many of us were starting to get going. While the interview were great, they perhaps had too much information or not the right kind of issues that would be conducive for getting a discussion going. That said, maybe I can start something up just for kicks…
Do you think there is any standard for framing contemporary (ie modern) realist painting as opposed to more traditional or academic realist work? Many larger paintings I’ve seen in galleries of more post-modern paintings, neo-expressionist, abstract and similar often aren’t framed or have something very simple and inexpensive. Of course, there are many exceptions to this and sometimes the frame is all that is worth looking at. But realist work seems to lean towards being professionally framed, of course with a variety of styles. Within the various types of realism, like landscape – you also see differences between frames like the more traditional plein air painting that often use wide often ornate gold frames or black with gold trim. With more contemporary landscape paintings you commonly see a relatively thin floating frame, shadow-box type frame or very thin frame.
I wonder if the thinner frames and floating frames are more popular because of the modern sensibility of wanting to accentuate the flatness the painting as a 2D art object as opposed to the traditional landscape where the painting is a window onto a world and you want a much wider frame to emphasis this illusion and to separate the painting from the surrounding wall as much as possible.
I’m curious to hear how other people frame their paintings and any thoughts about the best way to go with the type of work they do… Maybe we can get into a big ruckus over the conservative vs. liberal framing philosophies!