12 Januar 2011


HOW TO PRESERVE A JEAN PAUL GAULTIER

When artists work with untraditional materials, conservators may be forced to seek untraditional methods of art preservation. If the artist is living and wishes to cooperate with the preservation of a fragile artwork, the best result may come from a collaboration among the artist (possibly also his or her fabricator), the sculpture's owner (or authorized agent), and the conservator. A case in point is how to preserve Gabriel Orozco's Recaptured Nature . This is an abstract inflated form made of inner tubes of truck tires fused together with vulcanized natural rubber. The object was fabricated for the artist in Mexico City in 1990 in a shop near the artist's studio. When the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA) acquired the sculpture in 1997, the artist had already given specific instructions for repairing leaks in the seams: repairs can be made as long as the patches are oval and made from black rubber. According to Michelle Barger, SFMoMA's associate conservator of objects, the vulcanized rubber that was used to make the original seams has embrittled faster than has the rubber of the inner tube tires. Although the sculpture has been patched by previous owners, new holes continue to develop in the seams. Before this sculpture can again be inflated and exhibited, it will have to be re-treated. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN INSTITURE FOR CONSERVATION, 2003, VOLUME 42,NUMBER 2.



LEFT GABRIEL OROZCO, RECAPTURED NATURE,1990, VULCANIZED RUBBER, 94x94x94 cm. RIGHT MY BLACK JEAN PAUL GAULTIER TOP, AUTUMN/WINTER 2002/2003, RUBBER. BOTTOM Gabriel OROZCO, RECAPTURED NATURE. IT'S BEEN 7 YEARS SINCE THE PUBLICATION OF THE ABOVE ARTICLE AND 7 YEARS SINCE THE PRODUCTION OF MY RUBBER GAULTIER TOP AND NOTHING'S EVER HAPPENED TO IT. GAULTIER DEFIES AGE .


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