To Frame or Not To Frame

This is an excerpt from an email written to Joe Nalven written Oct. 23, 2007:“As you know I enjoy abstraction and have fun creating it. I didnot know about not framing work tends to modernize it?(Those cave artists must have had beards?)I like to experiment quite a bit and occasionallyenter a competition. Unfortunately some competitionsare quite strict about entering framed art. So youmust conform to their whims if you want to play ontheir playground.Getting back to the point I think I was going tomake(or question I would ask), "To Frame or Not ToFrame",(Is that a question?)I was told that the frame is entrapping certain printsthat I have done. That the eye should be able totravel to infinity and the mind should interpret thedrawing endless. By framing I have bounded theboundaries that cheat the viewer from fullycaptivating the imagination.So I’ve tried different approaches from not framing tomatting with different size frames, thin and thick.I’ve also tried to implode my work where the viewer isdrawn into the print instead of wandering intooblivion.What works and what doesn’t and when to frame, I’m notentirely sure about but lately I’ve been experimentingwith canvas prints and putting them into a floatingframe which gives a look of freedom of the print in atraditional expected framed setting.I have to admit, I do get that “WOW” feeling once Ithink I’ve done something good. But again that is onlyone mans opinion, ( I remember when that and a nickel,would just about get you a cup of coffee.)(Well, maybea candy bar or a comic book for a dime?)"

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