Bark Frameworks Marketing Specialist Jennifer Clark interviewed Amy Hinten, who has designed frames for Bark for 13 years, about creating designs to present photographer Sally Mann’s ambrotypes, which were shown at Edwynn Houk Gallery in the fall of 2012.
Jennifer Clark: To start off, tell us about this show. What are ambrotypes?
Amy Hinten: The show was called “Upon Reflection.” While recovering from an equestrian accident, Mann created a series of self-portraits using the ambrotype process–wet-plate positives on a large, black glass plates. Some plates were to be displayed singly; others, the artist and gallery wanted to join in groupings of 3, 9, 20, and even up to 75 plates. During the exhibition, the gallery displayed the plates without frames, using aluminum tracks mounted to the wall for viewing (image above). However, once the works were purchased by collectors, they had to be framed/encased in some way in order to keep them safe. I worked with the gallery on this.
Sally Mann, “Upon Reflection,” at Edwynn Houk Gallery. Fall 2012.
JC: How did you approach this framing challenge?
AH: A few different ways. One collector had a single ambrotype plate, and wanted to display it in his home outside of a formal frame, so I designed a custom easel for him. He had also purchased a grouping of plates, but the request for displaying them was similar: minimize the visibility of the formal frame. For those, I designed special hardware that held a series of plates together, and installed them into a welded aluminum frame.