Posted on September 17th, 2018
This month, we sit down with Eric Knutzon, Design Director at Bark Frameworks.
Employee owner name: Eric Knutzon
Hails from: Rural Colorado via California and Kansas City.
How long have you worked at Bark?: Eight years
What did you do before you worked at Bark Frameworks... Read More
Posted on July 18th, 2018
Recently, we worked with the 9/11 Memorial & Museum to frame a large-scale work by Norwegian-born artist Torild Stray.
Bark frame designer Paul Jordan worked with Lisa Conte, the Museum’s Head of Conservation, to frame Stray’s charcoal drawing on paper entitled “New York Metamorphosis." Created while working on the 85th Fl... Read More
Posted on April 18th, 2018
For the second interview in our on-going series highlighting our employee-owners, we talked with hinger Mark Minevich.
Employee owner name: Mark Minevich
Department/Position at Bark Frameworks: Art Preservation / Hinging
Hails from: St. Petersburg, Russia. I came to America at age 23, with my parents and brother.
How long have you worked at Bark? For 31 years, ... Read More
Posted on February 26th, 2018
Now that Bark Frameworks is 100% employee owned, we thought we'd re-introduce ourselves -- one employee owner at a time -- through this new Blog series. Every month or two, we'll interview a different Bark staff member, and get their thoughts on the challenges and rewards of working at an ESOP. We hope you enjoy getting to know us!
Employee owner name: Peter Suzuki
Department/Position at Bark Frameworks: Special... Read More
Posted on August 22nd, 2017
At times, we frame oversized artworks that require a large, seamless panel to accommodate pass-through hinges, where the hinge material is literally passed through slots on a backmat, so that the work can be secured. In making the backing panel for these works, we use our 79" wide Bark White Paper, a special ultra-smooth white paper we had made just for us.
First, 100% cotton rag board is... Read More
Posted on July 12th, 2016
“When life gets serious…..suddenly poems get very important.” – Jen Bervin
How do you frame the invisible?
Brooklyn-based artist and writer Jen Bervin explores philosophical and poetic thought via minimalist works made using text and textiles. A 2013 recipient of a Creative Capital grant, Bervin recently completed a three-year project exploring the artistic, scientif... Read More
Posted on January 14th, 2016
After moving to our large shop on Grand Street in SoHo in 1978, we developed a specialty in framing very large works. When we acquired our building in Long Island City 16 years ago, we made sure to have all the space we would need to frame works of the largest size. Recently Garth Greenan Gallery asked us to frame a painting by Paul Feeley that was about 8’ x 1... Read More
Posted on October 1st, 2015
We recently designed and fabricated a frame for the oil painting "Washer Women" (1925) by Irma Stern.
The frame that "Washer Women" arrived in.
The back of the previous frame. Note the canvas and stretcher protrude from the back of the frame, exposing the painting to damage and thrusting the frame from the wall. This was once a common framing practice.
The painting after it... Read More
Posted on March 19th, 2015
We were recently asked to re-frame a watercolor whose subject was the Hudson River town of Haverstraw, NY. The picture was painted in 1944, and was most recently framed in the 1960s.
Here is the watercolor in its previous mat and frame, from the 1960s. From a distance it looks fine, but when examined closely, it was clear that the matboard was made from
highly acidic wood pulp, as were most mats from that time. We could see that
the window mat had burned the edge of the ... Read More
Posted on September 17th, 2014
We generally frame paintings and works on paper at
Bark Frameworks—drawings, prints and photographs. However, we have the design
capability and specialized craftspeople to frame almost anything. During our 45
year history, we’ve framed boxing gloves signed by Muhammad Ali, skateboards,
Oreo cookies, an entire leg cast, and a wrought iron elevator door designed by
Louis Sullivan. In this case, we were framing a much... Read More