Friday, April 19, 2019

April Mailbox

Time to organize and sort some of the latest mail art that had]s arrived here in San Francisco.  Everything from rubber stamp art, to zines, to some Brexit pain and another one of these amazing movable pieces from Kathy Barnett.
  1. The list includes the following:
  2. Maria Quiroga – Argentina 
  3. Fleur Helsingor– California
  4. Sally Wassink– California 
  5. William Mellott– Taiwan
  6. Debra Mulnick – Idaho
  7. Peter Müller – Germany
  8. Dori Singh – California 
  9. Margaret Hill – San Francisco
  10. Kathy Barnett – Missouri
  11. Bonniediva – Illinois 
  12. Mindaugas Žuromskas

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Beefy Art


Working on another art scrapbook, using ephemera I have saved for collages.  I knew those bumper stickers from the state fair would come in handy in one day.  And yes, my name is Tofu, and I like to paint big juicy steaks.  

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Wycinanki Dream

Wycinanki Dream, 24”x36”, mixed media on board

This can’t be called traditional Wycinanki (cut-paper folk art), but it definitely was the source of my inspiration.  

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Mysteries in a Box


Sorting and organizing my collage boxes I found these postcards.  I have no recollection of where I got them, and they predate my sending and receiving mail art.  But I do like the idea of recycling and repurposing old paint-by-numbers paintings like this.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Draw me Your Favorite Book

Or how about paint?  For this mail art call   I wanted an open book with a book with a big New Mexico sky.  Willa Cather’s Death Comes for the Archbishop is one of my all time favorite books. Every time I read it immediately takes me to the Land of Enchantment.  This one is on the way to the U.K.

Bursts of Color on a Black Background

Rzeszów Embroidery, 16”x16”, mixed media on board

As I was researching folk art and costumes for this series I kept seeing embroidered vests with bursts of color on black.  I had to make a few small prototype pieces to get the results I wanted.  This is the result.

You can see the entire Post-Folk Art series at tofuart.com.   

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Introducing the Interdimensional Communication Device


On their way in the mail, a new series of objects I call the Interdimensional Communication Device (2”x5” each, mixed media on paper).    
This device is all you will need to communicate across time and space.  You do not need an account, there is no software, there is not an app, there are no corporations, data collection or asocial media involved.  These devices only function when gifted.  They can never be bought or sold. Technical support questions can be answered in a dream.  The device is the result of blurring the lines between art, spirituality, time and science.