Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Batik installation



I'm so excited today because my batik was installed. I love to collect artwork from people I know. This batik was done by Mark Mulfinger, someone I've studied painting with locally. I decided I wanted to have it backlit because it made the colors so much more vibrant. Another artist/Renaissance man here in town, Renato Moncini, designed this frame so that it backlights the batik and so that the flourescent bulbs are easy to change...he engineered it, designed it, stained it, and installed it. Together, I feel like I have a genuine masterpiece of creativity and design in the main hallway of my house!

Edited to add: It looks in the above pic like it is flush against the wall. Here's a picture of Renato installing it:

11 comments:

Dancingirl365 said...

Wow!! I wish I could see this irl. It is just gorgeous in the photo, can't imagine what it must look like big!

Love the way it all came together for you.

Dalissa 365 said...

I want to see it irl, too. I am always impressed by the fact that you have real artwork in your house and it's one of the things I love about you. And, I think it's great that you included this photo as part of your journal because art is important to you.

SusansPlace said...

Wowzers, Beth! Talk about one of a kind. Enjoy!!

Susan

Andrew said...

Beautiful! I bet it's even more so with the lights on. It will feed your soul as you walk past it.

julieunplugged said...

I don't understand how the installation works. What do you mean it's not flush against the wall?

It's gorgeous and I love the idea of a batik hanging on your wall.

Sandy said...

Oh I would love to see this! It's lovely enough on its own but having it backlit must really make it stand out.

I see Zeus in the background! :)

SusansPlace said...

Beth,

It it open behind the it? Since it's away from the wall, do you have curtains on the side or what?

Susan

LauraLiz said...

Amazing! I can't imagine knowing what I want to hang in my house, much less getting it done!

paula365 said...

Oh, Beth! It is a masterpiece indeed! It's beautiful, and I bet it's even more beautiful in real life.

my15minutes said...

The frame is attached to the wall with hinges along the top. The frame is six inches deep. From the wall it looks like this:

wall > 8 vertical flourescent tubes> 4 inches of airspace so the lights aren't right up against the batik > 2 thicknesses of light grey nylon, to diffuse the light evenly across the surface of the batik > batik > appreciative viewer. All enclosed with a custom built wood frame stained to match my furniture.

Does that make more sense? So in the picture, Renato has the frame propped up so he can tighten the hinge screws, and so he can pop in the light bulbs. Then he removed the prop and the frame settled into its place, with the batik already stretched and mounted on it.

julieunplugged said...

Okay I get it now! Thanks for the explanation. I thought that prop was part of the frame. It's just gorgeous, Beth. I want to see it in person. :)