Charlie Warde - Memories for the future
05 April 2013
We are delighted to have worked with fine artist Charlie Warde to create a bespoke framing solution for this stunning etched copper plate, destined for display at the 2013 Royal Academy Summer Show! Part of a larger series entitled ‘Memories For The Future’, the piece depicts post-war Utopian buildings constructed by Goldfinger in London. Each building has been plated in gold, a material ‘at odds with Modernism’s functionality and disregard for ornament’. These golden, ageless structures will remain pristine and untarnished against the remaining landscape etched into the copper, which has been chemically treated and oxidised to age and scar the surface of the work. Each plate has been ‘industrially machined, polished, photo etched, gold-plated and treated with chemicals’ in a complex production process which allows the artist to explore themes of memory, utopia and decay. Produced to a small postcard size, the scale of the work creates the impression of an intimate object which both commemorates and questions Goldfinger’s utopian legacy.
The beautiful frame has been welded by hand in the John Jones metal workshop to a striking copper finish, complementing the artwork medium and providing museum quality protection. Please read this case study for more information on the design and construction of this hand-made frame.