By: BCRAstaff

Historic preservation becomes art

Call it art or printmaking...imagine the ability 'undo' a fresco? 

Via philagrafika

"Spanish artists María Jesús González and Patricia Gómez have created large-scale prints, photographs and related videos during their artist residency at the now decommissioned Holmesburg Prison in Northeast Philadelphia. The artists, have a collaborative practice grounded in art conservation; utilizing a modified version of a technique known as strappo, they work primarily to preserve the surfaces of buildings—the veritable “skin of architecture”—by detaching  a wall’s paint with glues and fabric and transferring that surface paint, in its entirety,  to a new canvas. In Philadelphia, they will work at the now abandoned Holmesburg Prison  before it is demolished, creating large-format “printings” of drawings, paintings, and graffiti  left by former inmates on the walls.The artists' prints are a physical archive of the prison cells—including paint, drawings and markings left by the inmates who lived there."

The canvases are currently on view at a show called Doing Time | Depth of Surface at the Galleries at Moore College of Art & Design until March 17 in Philadelphia, PA

Read more about the exhibit and see how their artistry is executed



Tags: art / restoration

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