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Re: mystery paper

Thanks, Chris. I know what you mean about the required black frames, white mats, and though I don't mind white mats, I also usually use slightly off-white mats-- and, boy, do I despise those black frames. The consistency, however, does make a juried show look better-- especially if the juror doesn't "curate" the show, but rather chooses work that's all over the place.

Thankfully, I've never shipped (nor shown) work at any gallery that actually demanded plexi-glass. I'm surprised you're able to re-use the plexi, too. The two times I did use it, to ship work to China, I never used it again-- except for coating paper. Aside from the dog/ cat hair and dust magnet that it is, it seems to scratch if you just look at it the wrong way. That you find yourself being able to re- use it is impressive. Of course, I'm still on the search for the perfect way to show work without any of it. I'll let you know when I find it. :)


On Mar 8, 2009, at 8:59 AM, Christina Z. Anderson wrote:

By the way, I just saw your other email. I'm curious why you chose to use plexi, since you didn't have to ship the work anywhere.

Yeah, I dislike Plexi intensely, Diana, but there are galleries that require it, and the intention is to send the work out. I don't do my own framing and once a piece is framed I don't take it out of the frame, thus I always use Plexi on the chance it will get juried into a show somewhere else than MT.

That said, nowadays the bugabear is that a lot of shows are beginning to require the black frame and white mat. In that case I do have to reframe the gum print which irks me to no end because I use neither black nor white with my work. My gums are usually framed in a barely off-white mat (I think it is Bainbridge White Elephant or Artigue) and Old World Pewter metal frames.