Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Mail Art Rules

Ideally I like to send mail art as a postcard and hope each piece makes it safely through all the postal handling, by humans and machines.  It is risky, as you can never be sure what will happen before the recipient receives their mail.  There are some purists who insist that all mail art is sent this way.  While I am not so orthodox in my approach, I prefer that the pieces for the pink mail art show are sent as postcards.  I also realize it is not always practical.  Robin Sparrow opted for the clear plastic sleeve to reveal and protect the contents.  And, what a surprise, when I realized you could open up her mail and reveal even more.  Frankie Vanity wrote a note on the back of the postcard explaining that the post office requested it be packaged.  All that resin could not blunt those sharp edges, and I don’t mind because I like the piece and am glad it arrived safely.  Max Marchol sent this exquisite pink desert landscape that alas, got a bit scuffed up on the way to San Francisco.  This one I wish had come in an envelope.  But, when you stick in the mailbox, every artist knows the risks….

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Installed and waiting for you to have a look….

The last ten months have been spent on my new series of Time Travel Photos.  Yesterday we hung 26 new pieces along with a few other map collages that help tell the story of my work.

Come see the show at Glama-Rama Salon & Gallery
304 Valencia Street (at 14th St.) in San Francisco, California

The show will be up until November 27, 2016 with an Opening Reception this Saturday, October 15, 2016, from 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Unconventional Pink Mail Art

When you have a call for mail art you inevitably get some unconventional interpretations of “postcard.”  Last year’s show included a postcard made from bubble gum, a pink glitter clipboard and memo pad and even a back of pink popcorn from the stand at Stow Lake.

This week this mask/pink postcard arrived safely in a box placed in an envelope from the English artist David Plumb.  Great fun and I am also impressed that you can send something like that from the UK for only £5.10 – I wish the U.S. Postal Service did not charge so much to send light weight packages overseas.

Monday, September 26, 2016

End of Summer Mail

It is not only Pink Mail Art that has been landing in my post office box for the upcoming show, but I also have been received additional mail art, including some that does seem a bit pink-inspired.  Some of the recent arrivals include:
  1. Marina Salmaso’s take on California came in from Denmark.
  2. A collage from Steve Dalachinsky.
  3. William Mellot’s contemplative collage arrived form Taiwan.
  4. “Don’t Forget 12” is the tile of the latest mail received from Meral Agar in Istanbul.
  5. Darlene Altschul sent me an envelope all about Spoonbills including some fabulous artist stamps.
  6. e. coles sent me a piece that makes me wonder what Clifford Still’s mail art might have looked like.
  7. A groovy 3-D butterfly from Amy Irwen.
  8. The big “T” must be for Tofu.  This one came in from Brooke Cooks.
  9. And an Oakland parking lot-inspired piece from Fleur Helsingor.

Thanks for all the great mail art.  I have to take a break for the next month or so with all the pink mail art arriving and for my dolo show of Time Travel Photo Collages opening on October 15.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Civic Center — Back to Nature

Grove Street
mixed media photo collage on board, 18”x14”
Imagining the busy corner of Grove and Van Ness a few hundred years ago.  Perhaps when there was still a grove of oak trees.  Long before our beautiful City Hall was built and before the Henry Moore sculpture was placed in front of Symphony Hall.  This Time Travel Photo captures the past and the present. It even features one of the Beaux Arts light poles that may no longer be part of the streetscape in the future (read about the controversy here).

This is the final piece from my new series of Time Travel Photos.  They will all be shown at San Francisco’s Glama-Rama Salon and Gallery.  The show runs from October 11 to November 27, 2016.  The opening reception is on the evening of Saturday, October 15 at 7:30 pm.