Saturday, November 21, 2015

Fall Back - November Mail Art

While I was busy in Sacramento installing the Pink Mail Art show, many of you were making and mailing some fun things to me.  The recent arrivals include:
  1. A new Styrofoam print from Kerosene (aka Carolyn Oord) in Québec.
  2. Some Marilyn Mail from the Cracker Jack Kid in New Hampshire.
  3. A new Giant Ice Cream sign from Fleur Helsingor in Oakland (I think I need to check that place out).
  4. A second piece of mail art from Hilal Turşoluk in Turkey.
  5. Some Halloween/Day of the Dead fun from Monica Lee.
  6. Some ghosty mail art from Barbara Stasiowski.
Thanks everyone.  Now I need to get back to working on the next batch to send out.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Just arrived from Turkey

When you plan a mail art show and send out a call for artists you have to set a deadline. I knew, inevitably, that some pieces would be mailed in late.  Well, I am not the DMV, so I managed to get the stragglers in the show.  We had such a big response for the Pink Mail Art Show that we had to even use a second wall.  The show went up last week, we had a great opening reception for Pink Week.  Look what was in the post office box yesterday — these three wonderful pieces from Turkey (from Meral Ağar, Hilal Turşoluk and Öznur Kepçe.  I won’t be getting to back to Sacramento for a while so we only get to see these three pieces online.  But if we have a show next year, we have the first three pieces….

If you are in Sacramento, the show is on view at WAL (Warehouse Artists Lofts) at 1108 R Street in Sacramento until December 10, 2015.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

City Hall

City Hall, 36”x12”, mixed media collagescape on board
Sometimes a collagescape is a landscape and sometimes it is a cityscape.  My latest collagescape is inspired by San Francisco’s City Hall.  This year, as I celebrated my 25th year living in San Francisco, our City Hall celebrated its 100th anniversary.  I had a view of the dome from my first apartment, back in 1990.  In those days the cupric dome was the patinated green color that can now only be seen in old movies.  After a lengthy restoration in the 1990s, the dome’s blackened copper was treated with a finish that gave it a luster that has now faded to a dark gray.  For this piece I attempted to capture the many shades gray of the granite that dominates the building.  There are small hints of the colors from the interior marble and statues as well as the colors of the flags that fly on the building.  And of course gold for the trim that decorates the Beaux Arts Monument.  

Sunday, November 15, 2015

A Big Pink Thank You!

Last night was the opening reception for the 22nd Annual Pink Week.  There was a big crowd.  It was great meeting some of the artists who participated.  A big thank you to every artist who mailed work for the Pink Mail Art Show from all over the world.  Making art can be a solitary pursuit, but putting on a show like this is a collaborative effort.  Along with the artists I want to thank the crew at the Clayton Street branch of the U.S. Postal Service, friends who schlepped me to and from Sacarmento and helped with the install, all of you who promoted the show online and in the media, the San Francisco Correspondence Coop and especially everyone who came up and helped make the mail art making event happen this week at the Crocker Art Museum, as well the museum for hosting the event, Dana Iske and the folks at WAL (Warehouse Artists Lofts) for hosting the Pink Week exhibit and a special thank you for  the amazing Gioia Fonda who has been making this happen for 22 years!

Go see the show!  It’s on view at WAL (Warehouse Artists Lofts) at 1108 R Street in Sacramento until December 10, 2015.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Pink Week at the Crocker Art Museum

This year’s Pink Week in Sacramento is not just about the Pink Mail Art Show.  Last night the San Francisco Correspondence Coop travelled up to Sacramento to make some mail art with local artists and museum visitors at the Crocker Art Museum.  Pink Postcards were made and will be mailed out soon.  We also worked on an exquisite corpse piece.  It will be cut up into individual postcards and mailed to participants. 

Pink Installed

Wrapping up the install of 225+ pink mail art pieces, for the Pink Mail Art Show.  There are so many we had to use a second wall.  A big thank you for Pink Week Founder Gioia Fonda and my friend Elizabeth for helping with the install.  Our thumbs are sore this morning after using nearly 1,000 plastic push pins.

The opening reception at WAL (Warehouse Artists Lofts) in Sacramento is Saturday, November 14 from 6-9 pm and the show is up until December 10, 2015.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Out in today’s mail — This is San Francisco

Miroslav Šašek was best known for his children’s books about cities around the world.  The reissue of this 1962 book This is San Francisco is ubiquitous in San Francisco.  I found a tattered old copy, one step away from the recycling bin.  I immediately knew it was meant to be repurposed by collaging the book and turning into mail art to spread a little more San Francisco around the world.