Monday, November 9, 2015

Area Code 213

Random Custom Framing used to be Random Gallery.  We were located on Figueroa St., near Avenue 60, walking distance from where we are now. The gallery opened in April of 1993
and closed in the Spring of '98. During that time we did framing for artists & galleries mostly.
Earlier this year I got a call from someone wanting to know if we (on Avenue 64) were the same business and if any of the same people were still there.Yep, same business and I'm still here.  He explained that he lives in San Francisco and his wife bought a piece of art at an estate sale in Washington. The piece had a Random stamp on the back, with our phone number (213)550-8000.
He figured out that it was framed between 1993 -1998,  since in '98 the area code changed to 323.  I didn't even remember that!The artwork had broken from it's hinges and slipped in the frame. He was going to be in LA for a few days, could I fix it.  This is the piece.  After all these years, seems to have held up quite well.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Black & White & "smoke"

Warhol, "Flowers",  Black & White Screenprints, 1974 - 27" x 41"edition of 100.
All three pieces needed to be reframed, two were in plexi boxes (and had sustained moderate smoke damage).  The third needed to match the set.  We unframed them and were able to remove about half of the damage using paper cleaning/restoration techniques.
In the design process our customer chose a walnut moulding with an oxidized/black wax finish.
The pieces were floated on oversized cotton rag mat board with matching spacers and UV plexiglas,
finished with a wood strainer for strength.
They are currently hung by cleats at their new home in Manhattan, packed and shipped by Eric and his crew at Box & Ship in Pasadena.