Friday, June 8, 2018

Low Tech High Tech Mail


In 1996 the U.S. Postal Service issued a Computer Technology stamp to celebrate the 50thAnniversary of ENIAC (the first electronic computer for general use). The U.S. Postal Service had Nancy Skolos and Tom Wedellcreate the first postage stamp designed entirely using computers. In that same year, email began to out-pace pieces of snail mail sent in the U.S. 
Recently I was given a sheet of those postage stamps and immediately started working on a piece of mail art to put them to good use.  Low tech, hand-carved, rubber stamps resulted in a series of 40 postcards.  It might seem like a contradiction using low tech postcards to commemorate a high tech postage stamp, but mail artists are not afraid to communicate via email and share the mail they receive online. It is not low tech vs. high tech, but rather low tech and high tech.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

A Visit to Orange, California

 




The first time I was in California I was just 11.  We stayed with friends in Orange, California near Anaheim. Years later I found myself back in Orange today.  The draw was Chapman University.  As a mega-fan of the great Huell Howser, I have been wanting to visit the California’s Gold Exhibit and Huell Howser Archive.  It was, of course, Amazing!  They might need to borrow the portrait I did of Huell.
Close by is the university’s Hilbert Museum. I spotted this smallish museum online.  I am so glad I discovered this one.  They have an excellent collection of California art.  The current exhibition is from the archives of the Automobile Club of Southern California featuring work commissioned for the covers of their member magazine including some fantastic Maynard Dixons that I had never seen before.  The Hilbert Museum is only a few years old, but it now has a place on my list of museums to visit when I head south.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Marin Coast


Marin Coast, acrylic on paper, 12"x9"
One of the best parts of San Francisco is our wilderness backyard just across the Golden Gate Bridge.  The Marin Headlandsare a world away yet only a quick ride across the bridge. On weekends, you can even take the MUNI 76x– it always please me to see that bus from the city winding over the hills.  I have hiked up and above Fort Cronkhite countless times and it has always been an inspiration for my art.  The Adventure Peopleeven had a photo shoot on one occasion.  This latest painting is of the view looking down to Tennessee Cove. It is at the end of trail that was closed for years.  The drop off at the edge is a bit scary, but it’s worth the view.

Friday, May 25, 2018

May Mail

 


Altered postcards, a return of dots, ATCs, rubber stamp postcards, collages and conceptual pieces are all included in some of the most recent mail art received here in San Francisco. Here is a list of the senders:
  1. Gregg Biggs and the Museum of Unclaimed Ephemera
  2. Skooter Fein
  3. Valdor
  4. Fleur Helsingor
  5. Keith Chambers
  6. Lours Postal
  7. Crackerjack Kid
  8. Amy Irwen
  9. Bonniediva
  10. Dori Singh
  11. Pedro Bericat
  12. Peter Müller
  13. Serse Luigetti
  14. Cuan Miles


Thursday, May 17, 2018

From Zero to Infinity



I sent some mail art to Pier Roberto Bassi for his From Zero to Infinity Mail Art ProjectA month or so later I received a poster and Sheet #17. It is a set of artists stamps featuring my work and the other latest respondents.  A very cool project – you can check it out on Pier’s blog.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Handmade Postcards from San Francisco



When you make mail art, there is no need to buy souvenir postcards, even in a city like San Francisco where there are countless ones available.  And, you can choose the landmarks.  Golden Gate Bridge?  Or why not use my Sutro Tower rubber stamp?  This set, mailed today, pays homage to San Francisco’s most ubiquitous invention, the one truly known around the world; blue jeans.  

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Mail Art from Torma Cauli


Last week I received a new piece of mail art from Torma Cauliand immediately recognized a map of Hungary.  At least I think it is a map of Hungary, I tend to see maps everywhere.  It’s always a pleasure to see what Torma comes up with next, here are some of the additional pieces I have received in recent years.  You can see more of the mail art he sends and receives on his blog.