Our team used a CNC router to cut the shape of the plywood support onto which the upholstered dimple bamboo fabric was installed. A pneumatic staple gun was then used to puncture the prefinished plywood support with dozens of heavy-duty staples as the team followed the contours of the CNC cut grooves.
Once this upholstered “canvas” was established, the piece was painted in layers. The work proved to be as absorbent as its real-world model — over the course of its production the pad absorbed over two gallons of paint. To expedite drying-time as the huge volume of paint migrated through three layers of dacron (upholstery batting), a dehumidifying chamber was set up over a weekend between final paint pours.
The piece itself was propped on 5 gallon-buckets, plastic was tented between two supports, and a dehumidifier was placed inside—similar to a wind tunnel—to maximize airflow to the piece.
During the installation, the upper wing of March was held tight to the wall with velcro on the wall and soft felt on the back of the work. This piece was part of the exhibition “A New Painting,” which was on view for the month of October 2020 at Reena Spaulings Fine Art.
—Hanging strategy for installation