Not all of our projects involve posters or even linen backing. Sometimes we get unusual things that need a little cleaning up. This is an original invitation to Andy Warhol’s 1966 multimedia event Exploding Plastic Inevitable. Like most things Warholian, it is worth some money, and the client naturally wanted it to look as presentable as possible before attempting to sell it. The repair of this piece would be a simple matter of carefully removing the glued-on paper remnants from the back, and flattening the paper. A minimal amount of work for maximal effect, which is our default setting anyway.
After Melissa has scraped all the glue and paper off, she humidifies the card in a sealed chamber for a short time. This makes the paper fibers more pliable and ready for flattening. She then puts the card in a press overnight.
The Exploding Plastic Inevitable was a 1966-67 series of multimedia events held by Andy Warhol in different cities around the country. Musical performances by the Velvet Underground and Nico were accompanied by dance performances by Gerard Melanga and Edie Sedgwick. It would have looked much like today’s live popular music, with film projections and light shows. But this was 1966, and many elements in the Exploding Plastic Inevitable were the first of their kind. Back then, when your average person was not as overstimulated as we are today, it would have been a completely overwhelming psychedelic freak-out.