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overs of fine-art photography, take
note – Gallery 360 has secured the
first and only Diasec mounting
licence outside Europe.
Diasec is a special process used to
create a durable bond between a print or
transparency and high-quality acrylic
or glass. It’s used to mount fine-art
photography images so no frame is needed,
as is preferred by photographers and buyers.
Gallery 360 director Miranda Smith says
Diasec was the world’s first patented method
of doing this, and getting the licence is
a real coup for the Subiaco gallery. “I’m
really excited,” she says. “Since Diasec was
invented in 1969, it’s only been available in
five places in Europe.”
And although many try to emulate the
Diasec process, the failure rate of these
techniques is “astronomical”, with trapped
bubbles among the problems. “Diasec is a
method that will stand the test of time. It
has proven longevity,” M iranda says.
After Miranda approached the licence
provider in Europe, it took several years
of discussions before the approval came
through in 2010. Then earlier this year,
Miranda and one of her team went to
Hoogeveen in the Netherlands to do a
short course in the technique. It was
intensive work with little time to stroll
along the canals, but they loved staying
in a snug country hotel and having
traditional breakfasts of rolls, cold meat
and cheese before being driven into town
for instruction. “The trai ners lent us their
bicycles so we did go on a couple of bike
rides,” Miranda laughs.
Having Diasec in Australia will be good
for fine-art photography, she explains,
as the market here could benefit from
development. In Europe and America, the
images can sell for $4 million “but I don’t
think it’s appreciated here”, she says.
“Most WA photographers concentrate
on landscape – we want to encourage them
to do something different and realise that
it’s a visual fine art.”
Gallery 360 features works by West
Australian artists and has everything from
fine-art photography to oil paintings to
pastels, prints and limited-edition prints.
But with the new licence up its sleeve,
the gallery is getting ready for an influx of
mounting work from fine-art photographers
in Perth and the Eastern States, who
until now have had to send their works to
Europe to be mounted. The news is sure to
travel fast. “It’s the world’s best-proven
technique,” M iranda says.
Gallery 360, 360 Hay Street, Subiaco
(08) 9381 6577.
A frameless mounting method used in the world’s major art
galleries is making its Australian debut in WA
A fine-art photography image mounted
u sing the Diasec p rocess. BELOW Gallery
director Miranda Smith, who is now an expert
in using the Diasec technique.
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