Johnny Briggs - Ancestral Home Editions
16 August 2013
Since graduating from Chelsea College of Art and the Royal College of Art (MA), talented contemporary artist Johnny Briggs has exhibited in London, Germany and Verona and won prestigious awards including Saatchi’s New Sensations in 2011. In his first UK solo show, the artist examined connections between home, body and bloodline through the use of photography, photomontage, tapestry and sculpture. Inspired by the slow decay of his grandmother’s home as she became increasingly ill with cancer, the artist exhibited ‘Ancestral Home’ at Simon Oldfield Gallery as ‘a reminder that we make our environment and our environment makes us. The home and the body are intimately entwined.'
Following on from the exhibition, our design team created a unique presentation solution to display a series of the artist's editions. These works were initially displayed in the gallery without frames by inserting pins through the photographs and into the walls. The artist wished to maintain this appearance, however the artwork also needed to be protected and therefore feasible for a collector to invest in and display. Our artwork presentation technicians mounted the trimmed photographs to 4ply 100% cotton acid-free mount board. Once in place, small pins were inserted into the image at the artist’s request, creating the illusion that they were supporting the work within the frame. The piece was then secured within a simple square profile poplar wood frame, sprayed by hand to an opaque white finish so that the corner joins of the frame are completely invisible. It is important to ensure that photographic work of this nature is protected with high quality conservation glazing. There are many different types available on the market, however our designers opted to safeguard these editions with water white UV filtered glass. To view more images of the framed artwork, please visit our case study.