Mag worm and shark, frozen 9 pints of blood
What art handlers are doing now is not just posting pictures.
Richard Johnson had an exhibition behind the scenes with the quiet superhero of contemporary art
Hang up the painting, stand back and meditate. Not any more.
Or art handlers who are now called-
He purchased mag worms for Damian Hearst's first performance in Australia in the millennium.
It was winter, and by the next day, the mag worms had to produce the flies of the size specified by Hearst.
"We found a guy," said Stephen Green, from art handler Matt. "He ran a maggot farm in a remote location.
There's a dark cabin with rotten meat
It is like a lamb of silence. But we did it.
This job sometimes requires real creative thinking. . .
"Men wearing dark suits, white gloves, and polite little paintings are no longer art handlers.
In fact, they still wear white gloves when they happen to hang polite little paintings.
The oil on the skin will leave an invisible fingerprint
Very, very slow. gather dust.
But when they move around the tiger shark, there is no paved bed and four
Storey's purple trumpet dropped his gloves.
Today's art handlers must be as skilled as making audio to lift heavy sculptures with a helicopter
Video installation outside state-of the-Electronic art.
If necessary, they must use formaldehyde for anti-corrosion treatment of dead animals.
The possibility of drama is endless, which may be why the representative of actor Morgan Freeman recently called J.
Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles talks about artProcess the script.
After all, art handlers are not just art handlers.
They packed it and shipped it all over the world.
Imagine Freeman dealing with Mark Quinn's self.
The work is made from the artist's 9 pints of blood and needs to be kept frozen and serious problems arise when it needs to be moved by roads or air.
All of a sudden, you have a play about flight time, stopovers, and generators.
If things don't go as planned, Freeman's hands will be covered with blood.
Like the 24 th, the Sarch Gallery serves the anti-terrorism group.
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The processing team is the person who came up with the word "art processing", who helped make it a respectable profession.
He told me, "The Porter was used to handle the artwork when I first started.
They are simply called "working groups ".
I decided to try to put this private, below-
Raise your work to the height of your career.
His first step is to create an art.
The processing course of the Dean's college of Chichester West in West Sussex.
It now attracts applicants from all over the world.
According to the chief editor, Ashley mcgru (
Equivalent to art processors in the United States)
At the Getty Museum, there is nothing better in America than this.
Mcgrow said that the irreplaceable cultural items worth hundreds of millions of dollars were personally responsible for packaging/packaging, and there was not even a single bachelor --
A level degree course in a country where you can study this job.
I think it's interesting.
The strange irony, however, is that even if you are very good in the field, your income is still lower than a mediocre plumber.
When art handlers start working, they need to understand their basic tools --
This is a saw, a bit, a hammer, a wrench, a sleeve and a ratchet.
But they don't need to know anything new.
McAllister likes to ask if applicants can put on shelves.
It is certainly helpful to master the basic knowledge of physics.
What size should the screw be? And the hinges?
How much, in what configuration?
Mcgrow thinks it's in the blood.
You felt it, he said.
This book does not tell you such a thing.
But given the consequences of the error, maybe it should.
Once a painting reaches about a pound, you shouldn't hang it with a easel, because it needs to be supported from below, says mcalist.
It can be said to be a ledge.
You should nail the top to the wall.
But I saw a picture hanging on two hangers.
The bottom fell off the frame.
The glass was broken and the painting was damaged forever. Such a shame.
The trickiest thing, mcalist explains, is "hanging ".
This is a controversial topic, and Gainsboro withdrew from the Royal Academy.
Most galleries like a center
The line is hung, which means that regardless of the size of the painting, the center of the painting is kept a certain distance from the floor.
It's usually 60 minutes, but it depends on the gallery. 'Serota [
Curator of Tate
Mcalist said he is 6 feet tall, so he is very tall.
But going to Japan, their route is uncomfortable for us.
The show ended up looking depressed.
Not a center.
Line hanging, the handler can choose the top-
Line-up, or bottom-line hang.
But neither is fashionable.
It can be imagined that a tall standing portrait show can be hung with all the paintings arranged along the bottom line.
But it attracts attention to the geometry of the exhibition, not to the painting itself.
This is the last thing art handlers want.
Then, according to the request of the handler, the painting is separated
Or the curator. eye.
And, of course, one more benefit --down hang -
Not something that art handlers like to talk about loudly.
"In large group exhibitions, public exhibitions and exhibitions of the annual Art Association, this often happens in New York [Art Gallery]
Terry Jones says he has been in New York for 25 years.
The names of these artists are very anonymous.
But we do have a performance by a German artist, George basseritz, who has put his painting upside down anyway.
But I was accused of being wrong.
"The Layman has no concept of the skills required to install a set of 16 drawings of the same frame, and we may want to see drawings of the same spacing, level and double size
Emma Dixon of Dixon Russell art management said he was suspended from the center line of £ 60.
"The inaccuracy of a few millimeters may not be so obvious in a separate job and will be more prominent in a team. ' It's an art -
This is an art that must be done with minimal fuss and minimal wall holes.
Today's handlers tend to hang pictures with hangers instead of nails.
Tightening is less risky than hammering, especially if you are close to Mark Roscoe, there is very little adhesive in the paint, or the Rembrandt frame is delicate.
But there are other options.
"I remember 60 pictures of the head and shoulders attached to the plaster model on the wall with Velcro," said Terry Jones, who is now a lecturer in art installations at Chelsea Academy of Arts.
"They have been falling.
But artists don't mind.
He just said it was part of a spectacular scene.
Like Dixon Russell, M & G handles art for large galleries.
But it will also serve private clients.
Including Manchester City and Manchester United football players.
Philip Yates, head of M & G, said you have to remember that you work at someone's house, even though it's a very elegant house.
Owners are not interested in whether their £ 5 million worth of Gainsboro is hanging on the fireplace, where huge logs are burning.
They just thought, "This is my house.
This is my painting.
I want to hang it there.
"The artwork in the gallery is always tense.
It's easy to drop or knock.
"You really need to carry a painting with both hands," mcalist said . "
Otherwise the bottom may fall off.
No matter what you do, don't want to open the door.
McAlester prefers to put the work in a double seat. ender -
A small truck with a bottom.
It's funny, he said, but if you have six vans on your truck, you'll drive 100 million along the corridor.
Not so funny when things go wrong.
You just hope this won't happen when you take six vans.
'We used to have a picture stuck at the door, 'Jones said.
"It's really stuck at an angle.
I may not say where or when the painting is a very valuable American work.
But a few years ago, at a village house exhibition
It is a miracle that someone will consider lending art to the gallery.
"I agree," mcalist said.
One of the most prestigious galleries, I don't tell you which one is looking to borrow this famous painting.
But the boss is from Belgium. he doesn't want to borrow it.
He finally agreed, and the gallery hung it on the temporary wall.
Someone on the other side of the wall drilled a hole in the wall.
You won't believe some of the things I see.
The background of Mcallister is engineering, and he specializes in heavier works.
If they fall down, works that may kill or maim.
Whether it's Rodin (
He used to have a kiss at 3.
He has 25 tons on his fork. lift)
Or a large metal device from Richard Serra.
"We have to build a railway to bring Richard Serra into the Tate.
It's made up of two 40-
Tons of forged steel-2. 75m x 1. 75m x 1m.
I am not really an "art handler" for this job ".
I think I'm actually called the project manager ".
The work of Sierra is always causing problems.
Old Savage Gallery-
A large open space in St. John's Woods
Never big enough for it.
Stephen Green of mommat said the main gallery's walk down several steep steps did not make things easier.
In order to hold an early Serra exhibition in Saachi, the caretaker apartment at the end of the gallery had to be demolished.
As always, when the show is over, the rest of the reconstruction work is the art handler.
Demolition works on a truck with polished wood floors
Work done easily-
Lifting gates, fixed straps and air-
Control the vibration to a minimum.
They have "high-cube' bodies -
High cargo areas that can accommodate large projects.
The painting is placed vertically.
If placed horizontally, the canvas can be marked with a stretcher and "luft" or billow.
The truck is climate-
Control to protect the art from excessive effects of high temperature and humidity.
This is necessary for the works of some artists.
Jackson Pollock, for example, uses latex paint and ink from the printer
In fact, he uses almost any liquid of color to achieve the effect he wants.
The final result is not always stable.
They are easily damaged at extreme temperatures and humidity.
Pollock is a nightmare of art.
For anything fragile, experts recommend using a cavity package where the polyurethane foam is carved into a negative shape of the object and acid-
To prevent pressure, free paper is wrapped around it.
But bubble packaging divides the world of art.
It is said that when it is exposed to high temperatures, it will secrete a sticky substance that will damage the painting.
The only thing you can be sure of is that if there is a bubble --
The packaging is sticky, which will be an error in the art handler.
In today's international market, art is often flown overseas.
And, if the money is right, the art handler will travel with the money.
This in itself causes problems.
Crew members are not allowed to place parcels on the floor during the ride
Even if they are safe-packing artwork worth millions of pounds, they can land on the plane.
Gander and White had to ship a fine model ship from the time of Napoleon.
Nothing about this-
The ship must have its own seat.
Business class, Nature).
Any artwork, if made from restricted materials such as ivory, mahogany and tortoise shells, requires a permit to travel.
A poor handler sent an antique piano to New York without a proper export permit --
The ivory on the key was peeled off.
Chris Ofili's work raises a different licensing issue.
He sometimes draws with dung.
The handler must provide the Australian customs with a statement signed by the London Zoo listing the food content of the elephant feed.
Lucas of Mark Quinn travels with his own documents. The work -
There is a canopy refrigerator on the frozen placenta, shaped into the shape of the baby's head
Incidental Statement The placenta is donated with the consent of the mother, the mother and child are healthy at birth, and the placenta is kept in a sterile and frozen environment all the time.
In an era when security personnel do not want passengers to take water bottles on the plane, Lucas may cause some queues.
Common sense is required for art handlers.
It is worth remembering when traveling with cuttingedge audio-
Visual installation, the plug is different overseas, and so is currently.
But it is also important to have a clear understanding of the actual composition of the artwork.
Is TV an integral part of art? Billions of dollars worth?
How many hundred pounds worth of TV?
It is very different in terms of VAT and tariffs.
Artists need to be philosophers.
Is it a physical component or a concept?
They must also be adventurous.
Mormatt's warehouse burned down in the British fire of 2004 and was sent to Australia to find the source of the original Tiger shark, because it is impossible to die in the eyes of the people living in Damian Hearst.
Then they had to organize flights for sharks to go home (
But no seats in business)
Start marinating it.
Momart has installed the work countless times, but the process still takes three days.
Just fill the water tank with clear water, the best time of the day.
Because the handlers know them very well, and despite the fact that they have changed ownership several times, MoMA still deals with Hearst's work.
Due to physical impossibility, they know to leave the full tank overnight before putting down the shark.
In this way, they can make sure there is no leakage.
Art processing is more and more like drama production-
"Performance" is implemented by the back office team and they never get the recognition they deserve.
Speaking of his days at Tate, Bruce mcalist said that I remember Francis Bacon coming to the packing room and asking me to bring the handlers together.
He wants to say thank you with a box of oil.
But bacon is the exception, not the rule.
Most art handlers are still happy to mention it in the exhibition catalogue.