Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Art Imitates Art

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

Low Tech High Tech Mail


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

A Visit to Orange, California

 




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


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

May Mail

 


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:
  1. Gregg Biggs and the Museum of Unclaimed Ephemera
  2. Skooter Fein
  3. Valdor
  4. Fleur Helsingor
  5. Keith Chambers
  6. Lours Postal
  7. Crackerjack Kid
  8. Amy Irwen
  9. Bonniediva
  10. Dori Singh
  11. Pedro Bericat
  12. Peter Müller
  13. Serse Luigetti
  14. Cuan Miles


Thursday, May 17, 2018

From Zero to Infinity



I sent some mail art to Pier Roberto Bassi for his From Zero to Infinity Mail Art ProjectA 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 blog.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Handmade Postcards from San Francisco



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

Mail Art from Torma Cauli


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

rubber stamps + patterns = mail art





This weekend the project was all about hand carving rubber stamps. This stack is on the way in the mail.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Minimal Mail and More…

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:
  1. Meral Ağar
  2. Gregg Biggs, Museum of Unclaimed Ephemera
  3. Pia Zaragoza
  4. Pamela Gerard
  5. Jennifer Utter
  6. Lours Postal
  7. Marina Salmaso

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Printing Death Valley


 
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.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The Book is a Friend



Sometimes when you make and send mail art you have to accept that it just might not get there.  All that was left of this copy of Sinclair Lewis’s Main Street, was the cover.  That has been converted into a postcard with obsessively hand-painted bookshelves on the back – it was kind of addictive painting those.   Now, let’s hope it makes it to Russia.