Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Old Magazines in the Attic

Dad’s Hidden Marilyns, 10”x10”, mixed media, collage on board

A few years ago, I was helping my mom sort through 35 years of stuff in the attic.   There were a few boxes that had been left unpacked, and probably unopened, since we moved into the house back in the 1970s.  Among the boxes was one full of magazines saved by my dad since the 1960s.  No, this is not the predictable Playboys-in-the-attic trope.  I think that only happens in the movies.  What I did find was a stack of a magazine called Avant Garde.  The one issue revealed Marilyn Monroe images in vibrant, neon colors.  Visions of Warhol danced in my head for a brief moment.  But what I had was an issue with manipulated photos by the photographer Bert Stern. 
On the off chance these were highly collectable (i.e., valuable) I did some online research.  You can readily find back issues that are affordable as well as expensively priced ones by delusional eBay sellers.  On etsy someone has taken to disassembling copies of the magazine and selling the individual pages as prints – well, good for them.

Confident that this tattered old magazine was neither rare nor particularly valuable, you know what happens.  As I have spent the better part of 2017 exploring the relationship between color and memory, these glowing pages from the 1960s were exactly what I was looking for collage material to capture that day-glo era.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Happy Pink Week

Last Saturday we kicked things off for Pink Week in Sacramento with a meet-up at the Verge Center for the Arts. Then, in all our pink regalia, the flash mob marched over to a light rail station where we rode across town to Artspace 1616 for the Pink Week Show.  The show is up at the gallery until December 3, 2017.  You can see my piece below and read the story behind it here.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Fall Colors

As I was sorting through and organizing some of the recent mail art I received, I noticed I had quite a colorful pile on my desk.  Here are some of the recent arrivals:
  1. A very tactile ghostly greeting arrived from Maureen Forys.
  2. Barbara Stasiowski sent a Halloween-themed collage.
  3. A colorful lizard (or maybe a gecko) arrived from Susan Stewart in Florida.
  4. Marina Salmaso’s latest piece is my favorite from her to date.  Simply collaging with the insides of envelopes – the results are like a patchwork landscape.
  5. Gregg Biggs sent a Pink Person.
  6. Deb Faulnker’s collage postcard is dreaming of chocolate milk.
  7. Dori Singh’s Halloween-themed mail is like a ghostly Victorian letter.
  8. A new set of ATCs from Fleur Helsingor that even incorporates some of the Mexican play money I sent to her.
  9. The latest update from Connie Jean’s Squirrel Museum came in from Florida.
  10. Reminding us that Halloween becomes more and more of an international holiday, Katerina Nikoltsou sent Halloween greetings from Greece.
  11. A more serious piece about wartime atrocities from Valdor in Catalonia.
  12. An envelope from Ed Giecek is always a work of art.
  13. Brooke Cook’s’ colorful piece celebrates both Halloween and Friday the 13th.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Using Old Franked Postcards

Recently I was given a stack of unused franked postcards.  They still could be mailed, but one would need to add some additional postage stamps and bring them up to 34¢ each.  Not one to let things go to waste, I turned them into mail art for my on-going Hide Some Art in a Book Series and added some postage stamps.  Here are just some of them sent in today’s outgoing mail.