Ed Ruscha 5 Panel Screen "I Forgot to Remember to Forget"
This is an important screen by Edward Joseph Ruscha, American pop artist still working today. The words used across the screen are taken from a song by Elvis Presley.
Ruscha is famous for the font specific text in many of his works:
There was serious Impact damage to 5th Panel (only panels 4 & 5 were needed for the work; panel 5 where the damage was and panel 4 for colour matching and balancing). There was loss and cracking to varnish and loss of paint. The project was undertaken in Association with Julia Nagle Paintings Conservation, the client being AXA Insurance Services.
The conservation challenge was to find a suitable varnish to match the original but showing less yellowing and brittleness with age. In places the varnish was 2mm thick and one of the bigger challenges was to make a clean cut through delaminating varnish (it was made across the darker blue in the image below) with 3 pairs of eminent paintings conservator eyes watching you do it. A solvent based 2 part acrylic varnish was used for rebuilding the losses. The second, aesthetic, challenge was to apply the correct tint to match the original which had aged significantly and to polish it to the correct level of gloss, virtually a mirror finish.
This work had to be carried out in a highly specified, controlled environment spray shop and I am indebted to Andy Hills of London Metropolitan University for his time and expertise.
We were thrilled when the artist himself signed off the project as a great success.
This screen was made in an edition of 5. The image below is of a different edition but shows both sides and all 5 panels:
Images of work undertaken
Varnish test tints sprayed on to microscope slides