Backing Board Assembly for “A Piece of Me”

January 14, 2021

Placing the first four panels in the centre of the backing board.

Placing the first four panels in the centre of the backing board.

I just finished writing about the technical issues I had wanted to address before painting began of all the sixty four individual panels in the “A Piece of Me” multimedia project. You can read that here.

Yet in addition to the infrastructure choices for the individual panels, I also had to make some decisions later about the backing board for the final assembly. That’s the subject of this post.

Sixteen panels mounted on the backing board.

Sixteen panels mounted on the backing board.

In some ways the decisions were pretty straightforward. Mostly it was really a question of weight and stability for the backing board. My contractor cut a piece of 1/2″ plywood to size, screwed it to the wall and that was that. I gridded it out, stapled in the (recipient side of the) velcro, and began placing in the panels. However I did specify the overall size to be 1 mm less on all sides of the proposed finished dimensions. This would allow me (or anyone else) to use their fingers to wedge off any piece as needed, for example, if the piece needed to be disassembled for moving or storage or (heaven forbid) renovation.

Forty two panels mounted on the backing board.

Forty two panels mounted on the backing board.

Otherwise, the construction proceeded in a fairly straightforward manner. As the images here illustrate. I began working from the inside-out. And finally, when all pieces were in place, I could contemplate the whole, assessing the congruities or dissonances. The final assemblage can be seen here.

Finally, if I were to do it again (with another image) I would create my design transpositions by eye instead of direct transfer (that is, tracing a black and white printout which was to size and of which I had carbonised the back side). This would allow for a few more mishaps, which would end up giving the perceiver a little more material for their own appreciative unification. For that indeed may be one way to define the essence of aesthetic pleasure.

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