This month we worked on three drawings by Ian Hornak, an American artist who worked in the late 20th century. His early work consisted of erotic pen and ink drawings and later consisted of photorealistic landscapes and portraits in acrylic on canvas.
One drawing had masking tape around the edges, another was spot-adhered to matboard, and the third was fully-adhered to matboard. All three had surface dirt and minor tears.
Our treatment plan was to remove the matboard, surface clean the drawings, spot-test and wash the items, and lastly, mend any tears with paste and Japanese paper.
If you look closely, you may be able to see the graphite under-drawing. A real treat was seeing an initial sketch on the back of that same drawing.
These pieces will be included in an exhibition at The Kinsey Institute, opening next month. The opening reception will be on January 24th from 5-7pm with an introductory talk at 4pm by Eric Ian Hornak Spoutz, the artist’s nephew and Executive Director of the Ian Hornak Foundation. Hope to see you there!
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