The Canadian Centre for Conservation offered me a bit of information in the form of the ten conditions of deterioration(http://www.cci-icc.gc.ca/crc/articles/mcpm/index-eng.aspx). The first on the list is physical forces.
Physical forces. I know it well. For example, I found a beautifully preserved, large, large, Mark Rothko print on the side of the road. It probably was too large for its ex-owner to easily give it away. Another example of physical force is what happened la little while ago when I was looking for some frames at a flea market. A series of glorious images were lined in a neat row, all approximately the same size. As someone was going through them a sound of broken glass suddenly pierced the silence. One of the frames broke just by the handling. So I look with horror at my artwork, all attractively framed in a neat row on a shelf. My dreams are a nightmare of shattered glass and ruined art. I can tell you a lot about physical forces. Like dropping one.
- Review: Red: Arena’s ‘Red’ is bracingly effective as a reflection of the creative and destructive forces faced by artist Mark Rothko (pinkbananaworld.com)