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My next exhibition is a place in The Wiki Show at The Station Gallery in Whitby, Ontario. I am entering the central device of my proposed gallery installation, UpNorth. It is a five piece array called Afternoon at Lumsden Lake. It exemplifies the main pin of cubist futurism, a theme in art: to understand a subject the artist and viewer must take the entire environment into mind with the subject located from different points of view in time and in space.

I began framing the set a month ago. It must be framed because the thin 3 millimetre panels must be hung somehow, somehow attached to the wall on the same physical plane as the 24 millimetre mounted panels - for continuity, that theatrical order of gallery presentation.

I broke the rip fence of my table saw by placing too much pressure on a plastic part. I ordered the part and, a month later, it had not yet arrived.

John Snow said, when I was his studio helper and apprentice, "Artists make do."

Usually I interpret what he said as, "Artists make and do." That is because much of the art shown in public, art world galleries, are assemblies that have been gathered either as unconnected or, loosely connected found objects or, the work is mounted and gathered as digital files with no concern for the future.

Jack was not as unkind to the late modern as I. The dextral, mechanical crafts of artists are no longer of value in "the art world". What he actually implied was that because supplies for making art were rare, artists must make use of what is available and, importantly, of relatively high quality containing that most important attribute of art material: longevity.

With the deadline one week away, I made do with duct tape and C clamps.
Using a dado blade in the table saw I ripped a rabbit into good maple.
Measured 45 degree corners.

Cross cut the 45's with a mitre saw.

Glued, clamped, filled two sides of the frame.

Nailed, counter sunk, and filled.

The larger frames required more stability.

Spray painted.


Corner protected, stretch wrapped, ready for transport. With a slight modification of a press board shrink wrapped outer shell this could be a shipping pack. The maple frames supply the ribcage structure. The corrugated cardboard corner protectors provide shock absorption. This isn't like sending digital files to contemporary art galleries in the orient. This is not theoretical ephemeral art. This is like the stuff that rip fences are made of which take two months to reach destination on tramp steamers, steam locomotive trains, horse drawn carts, heaved with cargo nets drawn by pulleys.



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