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Wednesday, May 15 • 4:30pm - 5:00pm
(Book and Paper) The Conservator In The Age Of Digital Reproduction: Color Matching and Digital Fills For A Matte Screenprint

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Uniformly flat screenprinted surfaces present unique filling and inpainting challenges for conservators. Research and extensive experimentation identified a successful loss compensation technique for an eight-color screenprint by Noriko Yamamoto Prince entitled Horizon ’72. Traditional inpainting techniques alone were insufficient to address the extensive damages to the matte printed surface. Digital fills, already used in textile and photo conservation, provided a practicable option for treatment. However, the disparities inherent in reproducing perceived color across multiple digital color spaces requires careful consideration of color theory within the context of available digital tools. Colored inks from the original print were recreated digitally and printed on Epson Premium Presentation paper with a high quality inkjet printer using pigment-based inks. An X-Rite spectrophotometer was used to compare L*a*b* values and reflectance spectra of the digitally recreated color and the original screenprint inks. This spectral data informed the navigation of color between digital color spaces, and confirmed a successfully recreated color. Digital fills offer potential treatment solutions for treating screenprints and inspire novel considerations of current and forthcoming technologies in the service of future conservation efforts.

Speakers
avatar for Carolyn Burns

Carolyn Burns

Graduate Fellow, Patricia H. and Richard E. Garman Art Conservation Department
Carolyn Burns is a third-year graduate fellow at the Patricia H. and Richard E. Garman Art Conservation Department at SUNY Buffalo State. She is completing her third year graduate internship at the Weissman Preservation Center, Harvard Library, in Cambridge, MA. Carolyn earned her... Read More →

Co-Author
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Dr. Aaron Shugar

Professor/Educator, Garman Art Conservation Department State University of New York College at Buffalo
Ph.D., University College London M.S., University of Sheffield B.A., York UniversityAaron Shugar, PhDDr. Aaron Shugar is currently the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Conservation Science in the Art Conservation Department, SUNY - Buffalo State. Dr. Shugar earned his M.Sc. from Sheffield... Read More →
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Jiuan Jiuan Chen

Associate Professor, Patricia H. and Richard E. Garman Art Conservation Department, State University of New York College at Buffalo
Jiuan Jiuan Chen is Associate Professor of Conservation Imaging, Technical Examination and Documentation in the Art Conservation Department at SUNY Buffalo State. A 2001 graduate of the same program, she previously interned or worked at the Northeast Document Conservation Center... Read More →
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Rebecca Ploeger PhD

Professor/Educator, Garman Art Conservation Department State University of New York College at Buffalo
Ph.D., Chemical Science: University of Torino, Italy M.Sc.Eng., Engineering Chemistry: Queen's University, Kingston, Canada B. Sc. Eng., Engineering Chemistry: Queen's University, Kingston, Canada Rebecca Ploeger joined the Art Conservation Department at SUNY Buffalo State College... Read More →
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Theresa J. Smith

Assistant Professor of Paper Conservation, Patricia H. and Richard E. Garman Art Conservation Department SUNY
Theresa J. Smith is Assistant Professor of Paper Conservation in the Garman Art Conservation Department at SUNY Buffalo State. She has previously worked at Harvard Library’s Weissman Preservation Center, the Straus Center for Conservation at the Harvard Art Museum, the Kupferstichkabinett... Read More →


Wednesday May 15, 2019 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Earth Ballroom A Earth Convention Center, Mohegan Sun
  • Track Book and Paper
  • Ticketed Included in Main Registration
  • Authors in Publication Order Carolyn Burns, Theresa J. Smith, Jiuan Jiuan Chen, Aaron Shugar, PhD, Rebecca Ploeger, PhD
  • Abstract ID 18710
  • Tags Noriko Yamamoto Prince,Horizon ’72,screenprint,digital fills,Photoshop,X-Rite spectrophotometer,Epson Stylus Pro 4900,RGB,Lab,L*a*b*,color space,conservation of works of art on paper

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