Sometime in the last 10 years I purchased an 11”x14” piece of Masonite. I never used it for a painting or other piece of art. Instead it has been the surface that I have taped 12”x9” sheets of paper to when I work on paintings on paper. I pulled the Masonite out today and could not help but admire the patina-like caked on acrylic paint forming a picture frame. I am starting to consider this piece of Masonite as a work of art in its own right. It might be time to retire it from service and start with a fresh piece of Masonite for the new decade.
Saturday, December 28, 2019
Saturday, December 21, 2019
Wednesday, December 18, 2019
In a bit of shared artistic vision, some of the mail art I recently received featured eyes and I just emphasized eyes in my holiday mailing. Ans Theo Nelson is turning some of the mail art he receives into small, one-of-a-kind zines and then redistributing the work. As I have been filling art scrapbooks with mail art, this idea is tempting. I love maps and I love public transportation, So Karen Clowney Scott’s bear made out of New York City MTA Maps is perfect. And, it is always a treat to get an envelope of mail art from Cuan Miles.
- Debra Mulnick – Idaho
- – Taiwan
- Samantha Price – New Hampshire
- Lubomyr Tymkiv - Ukraine
- — New Zealand
- Karen Clowney Scott – New York
- Theo Nelson (Republic of Whimsy) – Canada
- – South Africa
Monday, December 16, 2019
My annual holiday card sometimes veers away from traditional Christmas imagery and typically focuses on the coming new year. When I realized that 2020 could be perceived as a year of perfect vision, 20/20 became the theme. Now more than ever, we need to focus and have clarity for a positive vision so we can take action and heal the planet move forward.
150+ of these handmade postcards with custom rubber stamps are in the mail (and a special thank you to William Mellott for his inspirational rubber stamp art).
Thursday, December 5, 2019
Scraps old and new have ended up in the Layout Scrapbook. As an artist, people give me things I might use, and a collection of metro tickets from around the world finally gets used.
If you give me a box of Niederegger Marzipan, I’ll be sure to recycle the foil wrappers. The remains of a copy of Avant Garde, a short-lived magazine from the 1960s, are in the book after lingering in the family’s attic for decades).
Go through boxes and find photos of young cousins eating ice cream (he now has five of his own children). The polka twins are really one young lad who is now becoming a star down in Los Angeles and that punk with the goats is still rocking up in Portland. You will never forget a trip to Mexico when you think about dairy products and Supradol (the best name ever for a painkiller).
On the back cover of the book we get an illustration of Allen Hurlburt himself. And finally, honk if you know Ken Budka.
Club fliers, Queer Nation and other political stickers are among the things being liberated from boxes and ending up in the Layout Scrapbook. My friend Daniel and I go back 30 years and he gets a whole page made of pieces of his past. I remember when I first met Adrian Roberts showing pixelvision films of his naked body in grainy black and white. Then there was his band Blue Period and now he is a famous club impresario. Speaking of clubs, Jerry gave me an annotated map of New York City featuring venues that I imagine are long gone.
My collection of mail art is growing. The favorite pieces I receive get displayed for a while but eventually end up in archive boxes. The Layout Scrapbook contains parts of hand-lettered envelopes, postage stamps and artist stamps. Other artists share scraps with me, and they too might end up in the book. Some artists get their own pages featuring their work and a few pages are expanded versions of the mail art I sent out myself. The artists included in the book include Ed Giecek and his fantastic rubber stamps, prints from Serse Luigetti, Collages from Virgo, Jon Foster’s stickers, prints and other work from Mindaugas Žuromskas and Ryosuke Cohen’s Brain Cells.
I have been buying about-to-be-discarded books from public libraries for years. In San Francisco we have weekly sales plus two semi-annual events that are huge. The typical price I pay is always $1. These are books usually a step away from the recycling bin. Sometimes I read the books but more often they get cut up for other mixed media projects. In the last few years I have begun converting these books into artist scrapbooks.