One of our Mail Art Bulletin submissions from Wreck & Salvage

Seven weeks ago, Hyperallergic began collecting Mail Art for our Mail Art Bulletin. Now, we are super excited to announce a new leg of our Mail Art project!

In tandem with Northside Open Studios, Hyperallergic will be curating a Mail Art show from June 16-19, 2011. Hyperallergic HQ will be in the midst of the action during the four-day event, and the Mail Art show will be displayed in our space. We want YOU to submit your mail art to be featured in the show and of course, we will also be pulling from the submissions we have already received.

We are looking for a wide range of submissions, so be as creative as possible! Mail art as a medium has the potential to include layers of meaning and performance, due to its temporal qualities. Consider all the different piecesthat make up mail visually and manually: stamps, envelopes, paper, and/or non-traditional contents and containers; plus the acts of opening, unfolding and reading.

Kate Wadkins (right) hanging out with her summer cohort, Helen, at Storefront Gallery in Bushwick.

I’m a newbie here at Hyperallergic and would like to introduce myself. So, hello, I’m Kate Wadkins and I will be curating the Mail Art show.

I enter the world of Mail Art through my own involvement with ephemeral art forms, and in particular, zine culture.

I am the gallery manager at Storefront in Bushwick, where I’ve also been curating Brain Waves, our zine and print collection. As a young punkrocker, I used to send mail art all over the country with mix tapes and carepackages for my friends on tour and occasionally still do. I recently graduated Sarah Lawrence College’s women’s history Master’s program and released International Girl Gang Underground with Stacy Konkiel: a compilation zine aboutriot grrrl twenty years after the movement. I am thrilled to be a part of this project!

As always, send all Mail Art submissions, including those for the show (which are due by Wed. June 8), to:

Hyperallergic HQ
181 N 11th Street, Suite 302
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Kate Wadkins is a Brooklyn-based writer and curator. She believes in the transformative power of punk. Find her online @kwadkins.

8 replies on “Calling All Mail Artists, Exhibition on the Way”

  1. Hi! I’d like to send something in. What is your deadline, and do you return the mail art if the return postage is paid for?


    1. We haven’t finalized the deadline, it’s up to the curator, but I’m assuming roughly a week before, so Wed June 8. In terms of returning mail art, that seems against the whole notion of what the art form is but that’s the curator’s choice. Feel free to use our contact form and we’ll forward your questions to her:

  2. I am sending by mail today! take into account that mail from Israel to USA will not get in time
     please wait for it – it is worth it!!

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