Category: Conservation

Q: How many Conservators does it take to replace a lightglobe?

A: Only 1 – but how many lightglobes does it take to replace an artwork?   Some time ago I posted a blog on Jack Meyer’s amazing kinetic light sculpture Industrial Revolution; this entry describes some of the practical and ethical …  More

Compressing concerns with mid-century foam upholstery

When we buy a piece of furniture, we scour the fine print to find those reassuring words, ‘lifetime guarantee’. However for mid-century furniture, that guarantee has almost expired. While traditional materials such as wood and natural fibres like horsehair can …  More

Plastics in Art: David McDiarmid. Part 3: Sydney Curtain

  Sydney Curtain   David McDiarmid’s Sydney Curtain (referred to previously as My Sydney), 1978, is a celebration of both Sydney and synthetic plastics of the 1970s. The artwork contains numerous types of plastics which have all been exposed to …  More

Plastics in Art: David McDiarmid. Part 2: Thinking of You

Thinking of You, 1990, by David McDiarmid is a mosaic artwork made of irregularly shaped pieces of monochrome and polychrome holographic contact film adhered to a black painted plywood panel. The artwork has a total of 34 distinctive pattern and …  More

Digital in-fill for Turtle Soup

When the NGV’s flat textiles were assessed by textile conservators in preparation for the Mid-Century Modern exhibition, it was observed that a large section of the textile by Bee Taplin named Turtle Soup (c.1955) was missing.  It had been acquired …  More

Plastics in Art: David McDiarmid. Part 1: Scientific Analysis.

David McDiarmid was one of the first Australian artists to use synthetic plastics as a principal medium in his art.  His choice reflects the increasing pervasiveness of plastics in everyday life during the 1970s and the growing availability of plastics …  More

Jack Meyer, Industrial Revolution

As you leave the retro cool of  mid-century Australian design and furniture pieces of the Mid-Century Modern  exhibition, you may be surprised by a last minute 3 meter long splash of the seventies that is more kamikazes and wine coolers …  More