Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Always Use Zip Code

Sometimes mail art takes a long time to get from the sender to the recipient.  Normally mail arrives quickly form Germany, but Inge Niermann’s piece for the Pink Mail Art Show took almost three weeks.  The Pink Ladies made it time for the install this Friday.  The postcard lacked a zip code.  At some point the USPS printed an incorrect barcode in orange across the top and then another postal work “redacted” the barcode with a swipe of a permanent black marker.  That was was hidden under one of those removable white stickers.  Is the piece ruined?  No, but it certainly has been authenticated a genuine mail art.
We cannot fault Inge, she did not grow up in America with the beloved Mr. Zip and all the commercials and films like this one found online.

Come see the Pink Ladies and 400 pieces of original, postcard-size art — all sent through the mail.  The art was made by artists of all ages from all around the world including 21 states and 34 countries.  There are small paintings, prints, collages, drawings and a multitude of mixed media works — and the theme they all have in common is they are all pink.
The opening reception is on Friday, November 4, from 6-9 p.m.  The show will remain on exhibit through November 30.Warehouse Artists Lofts (WAL), 1104 R Street, Sacramento, California 

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