Bark Frameworks

Building an Oversized Frame for a Paul Feeley Work

Posted on January 14th, 2016

After moving to our large shop on Grand Street in SoHo in 1978, we developed a specialty in framing very large works. When we acquired our building in Long Island City 16 years ago, we made sure to have all the space we would need to frame works of the largest size. Recently Garth Greenan Gallery asked us to frame a painting by Paul Feeley that was about 8’ x 12’. The process is illustrated below.


1. Oversized frames take up a lot of floor space being built and joined. The frame is made in two parts -- the back structure (shown here in our shop), and the strip around it that becomes the visible frame.


2. We have cut long slots in the walls, such as this one to our spray room (shown with white arrow). Even though the spray room door is extra wide, some of the frames we make are too large to fit through it.


3. Art Preservation staff member Gedas Mockus mounts rag board spacers on the frame. The painting will rest on these spacers when it is installed.


4. Registration and Art Preservation staff prepare to move the Paul Feeley painting into its frame.

5. Moving the artwork.


6. Making sure the artwork is safely in the frame.


7. A view of Bark Frameworks designer Christine Heindl's design and special instructions for the frame.   


8. Art Preservation staff member Will Staples measures the float dimension between the canvas and the frame.


9. Detail of a corner.


10. Will is securing the frame to the stretcher. It is critical in this step that the stretcher not be pulled out of plane. The spacers, shown in image 3 above, help maintain the proper alignment.


11. The finished frame, seen from the back, awaits its wrapping. Nylon carrying straps, which we designed for this purpose, make the moving of large works safer and easier.


12. Registrar Chris Feczko sets about building a very large box to fit the framed work, which will then be installed in a custom crate.


13. A crate for the work is moved into our facility.

14. After the painting has been crated, an Artex tractor trailer picks it up for transport to the Columbus Museum of Art for the exhibition, “Imperfections By Chance: Paul Feeley Retrospective, 1954–1966" (Oct. 25, 2015 - Jan. 10, 2016).


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