Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Summer Mail

Pink Mail Art has been arriving for the upcoming show, but I also have been receiving some other great pieces in the mail, including an amazing book from Gregg Biggs, this month’s mail includes:
  1. Some of the wurst mail (har har) was this hand-stitched sausage from Angela Behrendt in Germany.
  2. The Gryphon Building on Telegraph Avenue in Oakland is featured on Fleur Helsingor’s latest piece.
  3. CeCe Chan has some done some seriously recycled mail art.
  4. A print from William Mellot.
  5. Some Dada Mail Art from J. Block.
  6. “Podium” is the title of the latest piece received from Joshua A. Dellinger.
  7. C. Mehrl Bennnett sent an Eye Rush Press zine and some artist stamps.
  8. Gregg Biggs sent a postcard of the Bad Rooster – a new stop-motion animation project he is working on.
  9. And finally, Gregg Biggs sent A Dispatch from the Impossible City.  A handmade book of prints of modified photos of his Mission District neighborhood.

Not mail art, but speaking of books, be sure to check out Making Art from Maps, a new book that features some of my own map-themed artwork.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Ninth Avenue Heath

Ninth Avenue Heath
mixed media photo collage on board, 14”x11”
Ninth and Irving reimagined before the N-Judah rolled through — back to the days before San Francisco, when it was dunes, and big tall grass where the Inner Sunset now is.

Later this year the Time Travel Photos will be presented in a new show at San Francisco’s Glama-Rama Salon and Gallery.  The show runs from October 11 to November 27, 2016.  Mark your calendar for the opening reception on Saturday, October 15 at 7:30 pm.

Past, Present and Future?

Moscone Marsh
mixed media photo collage on board, 14”x11”

Today, South of Market, Howard Street flows past the new SFMOMA and through Moscone Center and along Yerba Buena Gardens.   One time it was a neighborhood of industrial buildings and working class, inexpensive flats and rooming houses, during the Gold Rush it earned the moniker Happy Valley as the dunes and marshes gave way to the growth of San Francisco.   Perhaps, after sea levels rise, we might let nature take its course and the tide can beginning flowing where cars now zoom down the street.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Making Art From Maps

Jill Berry’s new book, Making Art From Maps: Inspiration, Techniques, and an International Gallery of Artists, is now available.  The book includes project ideas, and advice on material and techniques shared by the artists featured in the book.  The book showcases the work of a number of artists, myself included, who work with maps.  

Ask for a copy at your local, independent bookstore, or order it online. 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Mail Art Bocksbeutel

I was excited to see the catalog for the Mail Art Bocksbeutel show waiting for me in my mailbox.  Roland Halbritter and kulturbunt e.V. – Hamelburg have a done a great job packing the 86 pages full of all you need to know about bock bottles and including all the mail art they received.  My piece appears on the page dedicated to artists who used maps in mail art.