2ND EUROPEAN RESTORATION DAY | OCTOBER 13, 2019
recom ART | 30 years of production experience for photography | recom was founded in 1985 as a black-and-white photographic laboratory. Today, after a digital period, recom ART is once again engaged in analogue and manual examination of photographic processes and, unlike in those days, connects both worlds. With three decades of experience, we follow the idea of reviving old techniques. As experts we serve the high demands of photographers and artists, galleries, museums, collections, auction houses and archives. From digitisation and image processing to classic image outputs such as inkjet printing, c-print, gelatin silver prints and mixed media, to finishing with wax, high gloss and lacquers as well as various types of face and back mounting, the range of our repertoire has not yet found any limits.
Our production also deals with the question of dealing with cultural heritage. As a producer, we are at a responsible starting point that has a say in the long-term stability of the art works we produce. For this reason, we are always in close contact with artists, collectors, conservators and restorers. Together with the Stuttgart Academy of Art and Design, course Conservation of Works of Art on Paper, Archives and Library Materials we have already researched the topic “Sustainable Framing of Large-Scale Prints” and presented a prototype developed from it at Paris Photo 2018. Our current research project, also in cooperation with abk Stuttgart, deals comprehensively with the implementation of new productions of damaged photographic work. In May of this year, at the invitation of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, we presented our concept in this regard as part of the “Artist Initiative Symposium on Photography: Reprinting Color Photographs as a Preservation Strategy” and made it available to the public for the first time. At the moment we are also dealing with the longevity of large photographs with regard to the materials used in their production. Here we are planning a further research project.
Against this background we would like to invite you to visit our production facilities and answer your questions. Guided tours take place from 10:00 – 11:00, 14:00 – 15:00, and 18:00 – 19:00. Please register by email (email@example.com) or by phone (+49 30 120 878 480).
Light aging of the most common photographic printing media.
The Oddy test shows if chemical reactions occur.
RESEARCH PROJECT “SUSTAINABLE FRAMING OF LARGE-SCALE PRINTS”
In a research project on “sustainable framing of large-scale prints” recom ART cooperates with the Stuttgart Academy of Art and Design, course Conservation of Works of Art on Paper, Archives and Library Materials. The aim is the development of a basically different alternative to the already on the market existing composite constructions.
Within this project and her bachelor thesis at the Academy Franziska Leidig is testing the most common materials used by recom ART. This includes aging tests under controlled climate and light conditions and also the Oddy test. The materials will be single tested and in composition. The tests will also give information about our very own established retouched splicing.
Furthermore recom ART is working on a method allowing the removal of photographic and inkjet papers from a backmounted material without any damages and residues.
THE ARTIST INITIATIVE SYMPOSIUM ON PHOTOGRAPHY: REPRINTING COLOR PHOTOGRAPHS AS A PRESERVATION STRATEGY
Friday, May 10, 2019 – 10 a.m. – Phyllis Wattis Theater, San Francisco – Free with RSVP
All lectures can be downloaded as video or transcript under following link.
The practice of reprinting damaged photographic artworks as a preservation strategy has increasingly become a topic of research in conservation, as well as a matter of debate amongst conservators, curators, and artists. SFMOMA’s Artist Initiative, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, aims to redefine the museum’s approach to reprinting, and more broadly to the acquisition, stewardship, and display of contemporary photography. In the first phase of the project, a cross-disciplinary team of curators, conservators, and art historians interviewed photographers who are interested in reprinting their work in SFMOMA’s collection. A second phase of the project saw the team travel to meet with colleagues in American and European art institutions to share our findings and learn about their experiences. At this public symposium we will share our research findings and invite artists, curators, conservators, and others from the field of photography to contribute and engage in an open discussion on this important subject.
Clément Chéroux, senior curator of photography, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Robin Clark, director of the Artist Initiative, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Janet Delaney, photographer
John Divola, photographer
Corey Keller, curator of photography, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Linde Lehtinen, assistant curator of photography, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Monica Marchesi, paper conservator, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Sarah Meister, curator of photography, Museum of Modern Art, New York
Richard Misrach, photographer
Markus Mueller, recom ART, Berlin
Peter Mustardo, director, The Better Image, New York
Erin O’Toole, Baker Street Foundation Associate Curator of Photography, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Roberta Piantavigna, associate conservator of photographs, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Jeff Rosenheim, Joyce Frank Menschel curator in charge, department of photographs, The Metropolitan Museum of Art