added up the mileage for just six wonderful pieces of mail art I have recently
received I realized the tally was over 30,000 miles (48,000 km).That’s a lot of postal frequent flyer miles
in these six pieces:
William Mellott sent a new postcard
and ATC using some of his amazing rubber stamps from Taiwan.
I grew up in
a home surrounded by books and spent countless hours in libraries.One of many childhood favorites was Dan
Greenburg’s Porno-Graphics (1969).It’s a tongue-in-cheek art book where the
nudes have been covered up.Readers can
remove the layers of acetate with painted on clothing or manipulate the pop-up
pages to reveal the original, well-known works of art.As a little kid who was taken to art museums,
this was hilarious.Many of the books I
grew up with have ended up on my shelves in San Francisco decades later.Alas, our family’s copy of Porno-Graphics was lost (I believe it
was a casualty of a burst pipe incident that flooded a bookshelf). Recently a friend
generously gave me his copy – I have my replacement heirloom.
the book sheds new light on the Geo
Graphic Mail Art Series I started in 2012.My desire to “censor” art with maps is
starting to make a little more sense.
I am an artist living in San Francisco. I work primarily in mixed media, collage and landscape painting. My work has included maps, postcard-themed art and mail art projects. In 2013 I began a series called Collagescapes where I start painting paper with areas of color representing the palette of a specific place. Next I cut the paper into hundreds of small pieces, randomize the pieces and then reassemble them in various geometric patterns. Collagescapes are both landscape paintings and collages. They appear abstract but retain the color palette of the places they represent.
My new series is Time Travel Photos — handmade photo collages showing places in San Francisco where I have cut and sliced present-day photographs and interwoven photos of nature representing how the City looked before Europeans arrived. Each is an image of an urban space with the natural past emerging through. For example, creeks once again run through the Mission and dunes reappear in Golden Gate Park and tidal flats fill the Embarcadero.
My work has shown in over 40 venues, primarily in California but also in other locations in the United States and abroad. My artwork can be viewed at tofuart.com