Re: [African_Arts] Oh...and about mounting pieces.
- Hello James.
I am sorry, but I don't know of any links for mounting
art pieces, however, I can provide a simple opinion.
The subject of mounting ethnographic is interesting
and perhaps a bit subjective as well as personal. I
have seen valuable art piled and stacked with very
little regard (or seemingly respect) for it's worth.
That's the way much of it is "field collected" and
exported through customs. I won't mention what
customs may do ...
What I may deem as worthy of tedious and prudent care,
may not necessarily be the standard among all
Furthermore, I generally have little problem mounting
most of my art (masks and doors). In fact, I have
drilled small pilot holes in some masks to accommodate
the custom stands designed to display the particular
piece. The idea in mind is to minimize damage, yet
bring the piece to aesthetic appeal, hence the reason
for mounting (as I see it). On the other hand, I have
friends that would not dare drill a hole, set a screw,
or "damage" in object in any way- for whatever reason.
The value and reverence obviously far exceeds mine,
and I do have many "worthy pieces".
Anyway, I think a balance is achievable with respect
to mounting art and maintaining the value and not
causing harm. Much of it will depend on you and your
perspective. I am willing to provide you a photo or 2
if you like.
--- mrmural <MrMural@...> wrote:
> hello again,__________________________________
> I've also been trying to find links or
> resources for methods on
> mounting. I have some wonderful pieces that would
> look better mounted
> and it keep them safe from two terrorizing cats.
> For instance, I've
> seen A Senufo Rhythm Pounder mounted to a black
> metal base without any
> signs of brackets..etc. Did they drill a hold into
> the base of the
> object to mount it to the base? Doesn't that ruin
> the value of the
> piece? I've seen many musuem mounted pieces where
> the rods are going
> directly into the legs of a piece...
> Anyway, I'm looking to learn more about this
> subject and would
> appreciate a few good links. Thanks
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- Hi James,I know there are a few good custom stand/mount makers around the country and there are a few places that make nice ready made mounts/stands that will work for most objects.A lot of objects are mounted on metal or wooden bases with a post sticking up and the post is inserted into a hole in the foot or base of an object. Some people dont mind this mounting method and some people hate it. A good custom mount maker can usually make a mount that does not require drilling but it all depends on the object and the clients thoughts.I dont know if it ruins the value of the object to drill a hole in the bottom for mounting, people have different thoughts about this. I have mounts for objects that are done both ways, and to me the value of having a nice custom mount to display something nicely that I would otherwise have a hard time displaying properly is a value add even if a small hole had to be drilled.Brightpath has a nice selection of mask and helmet mask stands that are pre-madeIf you are looking for someone to make custom mounts and stands for objects I have someone in Denver that does a fantastic job at making great mounts/stands for anything you give him. I created a page for him on my website and its linked below.RAND
mrmural <MrMural@...> wrote:
I've also been trying to find links or resources for methods on
mounting. I have some wonderful pieces that would look better mounted
and it keep them safe from two terrorizing cats. For instance, I've
seen A Senufo Rhythm Pounder mounted to a black metal base without any
signs of brackets..etc. Did they drill a hold into the base of the
object to mount it to the base? Doesn't that ruin the value of the
piece? I've seen many musuem mounted pieces where the rods are going
directly into the legs of a piece...
Anyway, I'm looking to learn more about this subject and would
appreciate a few good links. Thanks