It’s been nearly a month since we dismantled our mail art show, Presents: Three Months of Mail Art for Hyperallergic HQ. The show was a first in a lot of ways … but not all the mail art that was sent our way got to us …
We had a great turn out last night for the opening of Presents: Three Months of Mail Art for Hyperallergic HQ. Over a hundred people came through to take a look at the 120+ submissions from around the world.
Editor’s note: Vermin.me is a worldwide sculptural installation initiated by Jamie Burmeister. The Nebraska-bsed artist mailed us a box of three clay figures and we asked Janelle Grace, the London-based managing editor of Hyperallergic LABS, to take one of the figures on a trip.
As president of the legendary American Abstract Artists and an accomplished talent who creates thoroughly abstract paintings, Don Voisine is not someone you’d normally associate with mail art, a medium that is dominated by artists who integrate text or collage into their work.
Today’s additions to the Mail Art Bulletin come from California, London and Florida. I want to mention that over the course of the last few month I’ve discovering that my preconceived notions about mail art (a hand-drawn or -printed item in a carefully prepared envelope) are antiquated. The examples below demonstrate how the category can include a great deal of diversity — and these are only a few.
The exhibition, titled Presents: Three Months of Mail Art for Hyperallergic HQ, will include mail art in the form of sculpture, installation, video and works on paper. The show’s catalogue will be in the form of a ‘zine.
Last Friday, I asked Kate Wadkins to work with some Hyperallergic writers and interns who were asked to pick a mail art submission and respond to it.
As we dig through our Mail Art Bulletin submissions, our participants have taken to constructing a history of Mail Art through correspondence. We received three envelopes with references to Ray Johnson, the godfather of mail art.
Artist Brian Dupont has been a longtime Hyperallergic pal. He describes is art as “a study of how the visual aspects of information can be conveyed — or distorted — within the framework of abstract painting.” That visually abstract lexicon is often layered with words and letters to convey an added sense of familiarity but not necessarily direct meaning.
Today’s installment of the Mail Art Bulletin includes works by Bernard Klevickas of Queens, Rainer Zamojre of Germany, Dave LaMorte of New Jersey and Dave Byrd of Brooklyn.
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 Artshow from June 16-19.
It’s only natural that some mail art should focus on the envelope as its an integral part of what “mail art” is. So, today we’re posting a collection of envelopes we’ve received for the Mail Art Bulletin.