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Silicone Solvents and the Modular Cleaning Program

Wednesday, January 16, 2019
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Agnes Etherington Art Centre
Room: Agnes Atrium
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This presentation by Chris Stavroudis will introduce the various uses of silicone solvents for art conservation in both theory and practice and will review the formation and uses of emulsions, both conventional and microemulsions.

Silicone solvents, relatively new to conservation, possess many properties of great utility to conservators. They are relatively non-toxic, have little to no odor, and are sublimely nonpolar. They have uses as neat solvents; in solvent mixtures; as protective, water-repellant barriers; and as components in microemulsions and polymeric emulsion stabilized systems. Modified silicone solvents, liquids and gels will be discussed as ways to extend the utility of the silicone world.

Chris will also provide an introduction to The Modular Cleaning Program (MCP), a systematic approach he developed to assist cleaning artworks. The MCP consists of a series of concentrated stock solutions and a computer database which may be adapted for the creation of liquid, emulsified and gelled cleaning agents.

Chris Stavroudis is a private paintings conservator in Los Angeles. He developed the Modular Cleaning Program in 2002 as an off-shoot of the work of Richard Wolbers and the Gels Cleaning Project at the Getty Conservation Institute. 



Stefanie Killen
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