The United Queendom of Retailia
End of the Year Show
December 2015 - January 2016
The Front Door
A Real Door
Real Mail Art
I have published an eBook with all the art work sent to me from January to July 2015, which I have shown month by month on my front door.
This was a happy six
months of Mail Art finding its way through the letterbox up the door
and getting stuck there, as if by magic. Nice if it had really been by magic but it took a lot of my
time, mainly expended in administration, leaving little for
creation. To make matters worse lately lots of work have dropped in
my Not Mail Art In-Tray so, regrettably, I had to give up the
In December I thought why not show one piece from each artist that had sent me their artwork during 2015. On the left is the end of the year show.
Thank you to you all!
LIVE LONG AND CREATE!
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.
(It was the Year of the Dragon in another reality)