Having the graphics framed is not such an easy thing at this time of the year since everybody has a lot of free days in this period (2 times Xmas and 2 times new year according to the old and new calendar). Secondly it is hard to find the right frames in the required size and those which suit for the graphics. The workshop in the cellar of the museum where they made frames was willing to made the frames but could not guarantee that they would be finished on time.
At this point it is very important to get into a good relationship with the people whom work there. This is done by talking and showing attention for what they are doing. This is not really a hard thing to do because its interesting enough to see how they work in Russia. Sergey is a master in keeping a conversation going and to create a tie between the dealer and the customer. Can you imaging; in the west you just go to a shop and buy whatever you need and here in Moscow it always turns out to be complicated. For certain things, Russia acts like a third world country.
I had to chose the color of the frame which was a funny experience. A certain gray color I had already in mind but, the people from the frame workshop did not catch my idea and wanted me to chose for black. In Holland this never would be a discussion. They simple would give what I was asking for. Here, I had to defend my choice and this became quit a discussion. I liked that because these people wanted the best for me. The discussion became hopeless and thus I decided to put it into another perspective. This simple meant that I said that after all I was the artist - the expert. They agreed and then it was time to speak about the sublimation of the gray color. I asked them how they would make the gray color. Simply by mixing black and white they said.
I explained that I wanted to have the gray mixed from magenta and dark green. They looked at me and knew it for sure: this artist is crazy. They did not have these colors and thus I asked what kind of blue they had in stock. They had ultramarine which was good for me. I asked them to make the gray from black and white and then add some of the blue with it. They asked me to mix a sample of the color. So I did and when I mixed the blue with it they started to laugh because they did not see the difference between the gray with or without the blue. It was no use to explain them the reason of the minimum of blue addition to the gray color. I said that it was a matter of magic and you've seen now how much blue it must be and so, please do it.
They refused to make the frames, based on the dimensions I gave to them. They wanted to have
the graphics before they would make the frames. Although I said that my calculations on the size were 100% correct, they simple refused. To assemble the graphics (they were transported in 25 pieces each) I needed at least a day. And then there only would be one day left before the free days would take place. And thus It took 10 days before the graphics were framed.
The period of 10 days we spend to visit artists in their studios and by having parties with the incrowd scene of the Moscow art life.