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Saturday, June 2 • 11:30am - 12:00pm
(Book and Paper) Screenprint on Plastic (Some assembly required). A Case Study of Joe Tilson's "The Software Chart" 1968

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By the beginning of the sixties, contemporary printmaking in the Americas and in Europe was already in the midst of a renaissance. Artists and printers actively began to collaborate to produce artworks which challenged traditional concepts of printmaking. The boundaries of size, materials, content and production were virtually obliterated and resulted in some of the most unique, affordable, and accessible art produced at the time. “The Software Chart”, 1968 by British artist Joe Tilson is a screenprint on plastic printed by the Kelpra Studio, leaders of the era in the production of artist's screen printing in London, England. The five colour screen printed image appropriated from print media and referencing a major international event, is printed on plastic (noted as Astrafoil) and backed with a reflective surfaced plastic (noted as Lumaline). Print and backing were adhered to each other with double sided masking tape, mounted to card and framed in a shallow metal frame. Printed and produced in an edition of 150, most known versions of this print assembly exhibit severe pressure related distortions and offgassing (vinegar odour). The print was not considered to be in exhibitable condition and came to the conservation department for review. This presentation will describe in detail the print history and concept, components, condition issues, material analysis, treatment stages, degree of treatment success, and the many issues relating to possible reconstruction, final presentation and long term prognosis.

Speakers
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Joan Weir

Conservator, Works on Paper, Art Gallery of Ontario
Joan Weir has been Conservator, Works on Paper at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada for the past fifteen years and is a graduate of the Queen's University Kingston, Ontario Art Conservation Program. She has an undergraduate degree in fine art practice from Nova Scotia College... Read More →

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Vincent Dion

Conservator-Methodologist, ERM - Estonian National Museum
Vincent Dion graduated from the Master in Art Conservation program at Queen's University in 2016 with a specialization in works on paper and new media. Subsequently, his interest in modern materials and background studies in chemistry led him to join the Modern and Contemporary Art... Read More →
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Eric Henderson

Conservation Scientist, Conservation Science Division, Canadian Conservation Institute
Eric Henderson earned a B.Sc. (Hons) in Chemistry from McGill University in 2004 and a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Alberta in 2009, specializing in the synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials. He then undertook a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research... Read More →

Saturday June 2, 2018 11:30am - 12:00pm
Texas Ballroom D Marriott Marquis Houston

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