Every now and then you have to just post some of the amazing envelopes that the mail art arrives in. These are from the mail artists Adrienne Mason, Monica Lee, Crackerjack Kid, Pier Roberto Bassi, Marina Salmaso, Virgo, Eduardo Cardoso, Maria Quiroga and Ed Giecek.
Thursday, August 16, 2018
Friday, August 10, 2018
Braving throngs of summer tourists on Haight Street, I make my way up to my post office box. It is always worth the trip, here are just a few of the pieces of mail art that were waiting for me in the last few weeks:
Monday, July 30, 2018
Thursday, July 19, 2018
After a few weeks of fun down in Mexico, I came home to a big pile of mail. It wasn’t just junk mail and bills, there was plenty of good mail art waiting for me. The list includes Adrienne Mason’s layered collage, new mail from Argentina, a tattooed hand, an old wallpaper sample repurposed as a postcard by Jennifer Utter, and mystery food embedded and preserved under layers of tape from Pedro Bericat. I particularly liked Punkie Ebert’s Yes We Do Care flag postcard – in these times, it is challenging for Americans to feel patriotic about our country. Punkie reminds us that we will keep resisting until we deliver ourselves from this disaster. Finally, some follow-up from the Beyond Beat show down in Venice that included a poster and a set of artist stamps. Below is the full list of what is shown in this post:
- Adrienne Mason– Canada
- Punkie Ebert – California
- William Mellott– Taiwan
- Torma Cauli– Hungary
- Maria Quiroga – Argentina
- Kathy Barnett – Missouri
- Jennifer Utter – California
- Pedro Bericat– Spain
- Gregg Biggs – Museum of Unclaimed Ephemera – California
- Asli Omur – California
- Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center– California
Saturday, July 7, 2018
It feels good to get a different perspective and be out of my usual San Francisco element. Reading, relaxing, listening to the surf and enjoying afternoon thunderstorms on the Bahía de Banderas in Puerto Vallarta. I travel with art supplies and have been making some mail art postcards. Before heading out to find a mail box, it is important to ask the Magic Iguana to make sure these arrive — eventually. They might take a couple of months to get to their recipients, but it will be worth the wait.
Wednesday, July 4, 2018
When I travel I always have an eye for some inspiration and often find art supplies on the road. Oh sure, I could go to an art supply store anywhere, that isn’t quite what I mean. I’ve been picking up things down in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. After a trip to the arts and crafts aisle of Woolworths, I now the word in Spanish for googly eyes — ojos móviles. The 25 Pesos store had Loteria de Los Estados – Mexican geography-themed loteria cards. Had to have them. And I could not resist these sheets of neoprene at a fabric store, the plain ones were 2 pesos each, the glamoury glitter ones were 5 pesos a piece. And shopping at the fabric store was amusingly bureaucratic, three separate counters to make a purchase. Now, what am I going to do with all these supplies? Hmmm….
Thursday, June 28, 2018
I have never regretted the way I accidentally stumbled into the world of mail art about seven years ago. I love walking up to the post office and anticipating what surprises wait for me. And, of course, I enjoy sharing my own art and sending it out to the world. Every now and then there is something in that box that is truly extraordinary. The sort of things that, when I show them off to friends, they too want to start sending andreceiving mail art. Last week an envelope from Mindaugas Žuromskas arrived from Lithuania. It contained this incredible set of stenciled images applied to what appears to be old, bureaucratic ephemera. I am absolutely delighted to add these to my own, personal art collection.
Some of the recent mail art to arrive in my post office box that included some time-themed motifs (I love those) and some summery and springtime greetings. Shown here:
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Sometimes life imitates art and sometimes art imitates art — is it coincidence or is it on a subconscious level? The other day I visited the SFMOMA and one my favorite works of art was the first thing I saw when I looked up — Wall Drawing 895: Loopy Doopya piece designed by Sol LeWitt whose work I first was properly introduced to in the big retrospective back in 2000. Why wouldn’t I love it? It reminded me of some of the wavy rubber stamps I have recently been hand carving.
Friday, June 8, 2018
In 1996 the U.S. Postal Service issued a Computer Technology stamp to celebrate the 50thAnniversary of ENIAC (the first electronic computer for general use). The U.S. Postal Service had Nancy Skolos and Tom Wedellcreate the first postage stamp designed entirely using computers. In that same year, email began to out-pace pieces of snail mail sent in the U.S.
Recently I was given a sheet of those postage stamps and immediately started working on a piece of mail art to put them to good use. Low tech, hand-carved, rubber stamps resulted in a series of 40 postcards. It might seem like a contradiction using low tech postcards to commemorate a high tech postage stamp, but mail artists are not afraid to communicate via email and share the mail they receive online. It is not low tech vs. high tech, but rather low tech and high tech.
Saturday, June 2, 2018
The first time I was in California I was just 11. We stayed with friends in Orange, California near Anaheim. Years later I found myself back in Orange today. The draw was Chapman University. As a mega-fan of the great Huell Howser, I have been wanting to visit the California’s Gold Exhibit and Huell Howser Archive. It was, of course, Amazing! They might need to borrow the portrait I did of Huell.
Close by is the university’s Hilbert Museum. I spotted this smallish museum online. I am so glad I discovered this one. They have an excellent collection of California art. The current exhibition is from the archives of the Automobile Club of Southern California featuring work commissioned for the covers of their member magazine including some fantastic Maynard Dixons that I had never seen before. The Hilbert Museum is only a few years old, but it now has a place on my list of museums to visit when I head south.
Monday, May 28, 2018
Marin Coast, acrylic on paper, 12"x9"
One of the best parts of San Francisco is our wilderness backyard just across the Golden Gate Bridge. The Marin Headlandsare a world away yet only a quick ride across the bridge. On weekends, you can even take the MUNI 76x– it always please me to see that bus from the city winding over the hills. I have hiked up and above Fort Cronkhite countless times and it has always been an inspiration for my art. The Adventure Peopleeven had a photo shoot on one occasion. This latest painting is of the view looking down to Tennessee Cove. It is at the end of trail that was closed for years. The drop off at the edge is a bit scary, but it’s worth the view.
Friday, May 25, 2018
Altered postcards, a return of dots, ATCs, rubber stamp postcards, collages and conceptual pieces are all included in some of the most recent mail art received here in San Francisco. Here is a list of the senders:
- Gregg Biggs and the Museum of Unclaimed Ephemera
- Skooter Fein
- Fleur Helsingor
- Keith Chambers
- Lours Postal
- Crackerjack Kid
- Amy Irwen
- Dori Singh
- Pedro Bericat
- Peter Müller
- Serse Luigetti
- Cuan Miles
Thursday, May 17, 2018
I sent some mail art to for his A month or so later I received a poster and Sheet #17. It is a set of artists stamps featuring my work and the other latest respondents. A very cool project – you can check it out on Pier’s .
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
When you make mail art, there is no need to buy souvenir postcards, even in a city like San Francisco where there are countless ones available. And, you can choose the landmarks. Golden Gate Bridge? Or why not use my Sutro Tower rubber stamp? This set, mailed today, pays homage to San Francisco’s most ubiquitous invention, the one truly known around the world; blue jeans.
Thursday, May 3, 2018
Last week I received a new piece of mail art from Torma Cauliand immediately recognized a map of Hungary. At least I think it is a map of Hungary, I tend to see maps everywhere. It’s always a pleasure to see what Torma comes up with next, here are some of the additional pieces I have received in recent years. You can see more of the mail art he sends and receives on his blog.
Monday, April 23, 2018
Friday, April 6, 2018
The latest batch of mail art I have received includes some seasonal pieces like a spring print from Meral Ağar in Turkey and some Poisson ‘d’Avril (April Fools) mail from Pamela Gerard (San Francisco, not France). There is also some rather minimalist mail art from Lours Postal in France as well as collages made from paint samples by Marina Salmaso in a Blå Station envelope that arrived from Denmark. The latest arrivals shown here are:
- Meral Ağar
- Gregg Biggs, Museum of Unclaimed Ephemera
- Pia Zaragoza
- Pamela Gerard
- Jennifer Utter
- Lours Postal
- Marina Salmaso
Saturday, March 31, 2018
I believe the last time I was carving out linoleum and making block prints was when I was student. Maybe it was the visible geologic time machine of Death Valley that inspired me after last weekend’s trip to the desert. This one comes from a long morning hike way back into Mosaic Canyon – one of my favorite places in the national park.