For the past couple of weeks I’ve been wanting to post an image of the photo that will be on display at the Project 57 exhibit at Distinction Gallery from August 9 through September 6, but I’d been holding off until I had the frame complete. I actually took the above photo, Casting mischief from the soul of the Illegitimate Interfaith Love Child, in late May… and, finally, my new photo is ready for public view!
First, a little about the exhibit…
Project 57, as the name implies, presents work from dozens and dozens of artists on 5×7” wood panels. The logistics went something like this:
- The gallery sends out plain, unfinished panels
- The artist does something creative, which in most cases means that he or she paints something really cool on the panel. Yay! Art!
- The artist packs up their work of art and sends it back to the gallery
Notice that second step… paint. Hmmm… I don’t paint, I take photographs, which are usually framed and protected by UV safe plexiglass, so I was a little mystified about what I’d do with my panel. Do I glue the photo onto the panel? Decoupage it? Apply some kind of space age heat transfer to adhere it to the wood?
I used… paint!
Well, that’s only half true. I still wanted to protect the surface of the photo, and I found a 5×7” acrylic “box” frame that fit perfectly over the wood panel. All I needed to do is drop in the photo, slide the panel into the box, and… voila! While this would protect the photo, the sides of the panel would still be unfinished wood, so I painted the sides of the panel black, and — to tie it into the theme of my photo a little better — I painted a light gray circle in the middle of each side and applied a “creeping devil” stamp, like so:
How very devilish!
Here are a couple of photos of the finished product.
First, from above…
I’ll have more detailed views of the photo in a later post, along with some behind-the-scenes analysis. For now, enjoy my demon baby!