The United Queendom of Retailia
and The Front Door
After the Shopping Trolley Gallery was burnt down I looked for other ways to display Mail Art. Finally, at the beginning of July, 2014, I started the Front Door Gallery on my glass front door, which is very convenient as it allows for the back of the artwork to be seen also. The display is changed every month as soon as there is enough work.
To open pdf files with all the pictures of each show click their names:
MAIL ART '... has no history, only a present' Ray Johnson
Mail Art is the
present, the gift, of any artwork that can be sent by post.
photocopies, computer prints, collages, paintings, drawings,
found objects, anything you wish. Mail
Art is whatever you want to make of it. Some people are very
work on themes related to saving the world, others just have fun,
also helps to save the world, at least from depression and
despair. To join the network of mail artists the only thing you need to
do is to answer an
invitation and do some artwork yourself
organizing artist will send documentation of the event to all the
participants, which will consist of some kind of report so senders would know what
happened to their artwork.
If you wish to join us go to my links and from there to one of the sites listed where invitations or calls are published and choose something that appeals to you. I am afraid that I tried to put calls up but could not find the time to keep up to date, so I am grateful to those of us who manage so well their sites.
After a while of answering calls you will start to receive invitations directly and then you will know you are part of the Eternal Network of Mail Artists too! Later on, if you like, you can initiate your own projects and post the invitations in these websites. You could have a place to show and then produce some form of documentation. Some people are lucky and have a place like a café, a shop, or manage to get a school involved but others show in very odd places, perhaps their hat or their front door. Also you can make artists' books or make use of any other devise to collate the artwork received.
I have shown
Mail Art on many venues but the main one has been my shopping trolley,
the Shopping Trolley Gallery - UK. I have also a bag dedicated to Mail Art, the Handbag Gallery, as
back up. In time no amount of back up could help the STG because the
amount of contributions to the projects became too much for it to carry so
that resulted in it. Since then I
have focused more on responding to calls rather than initiating projects, at least
for a while.