Monday Morning Mail Art Call: Trash Bubbles: A Poetic Exploration of Trash

There were rumors… people were talking… it was whispered in corners….

Now, it’s official!

Trash Bubbles: A Poetic Exploration of Trash is an exhibit designed to bring about an awareness of trash as art.

Intended to coincide with Earth Day 2018, it is to be an exhibit of my own Trash Bubble creations alongside those created by other artists and mail artists around the globe. In addition, there will be public workshops culminating in a mass mailing of commemorative Trash Bubbles.

The purpose is to bring about an awareness of trash as art, as poetry. These pieces shock and awe on a fun and engaging level. I hope to spark conversation and encourage participation. A venue is currently being sought in the Pittsburgh area, details to follow.

In the meantime, I’d like all of you who said, “I might like to try my hand at creating one of those Trash Bubble thingies!” to get the ball rolling.

Here’s what I need from you:

  • Make a Trash Bubble using ANY SIZE of clear plastic consumer packaging. Note: I have found that pieces smaller than 4x6x2 usually require an envelope, so they don’t get lost. A piece measuring about 4x6x2 can easily be mailed without an envelope and currently costs less than $3 to post within the continental US.
  • Fill it with trashy bits. Let the bits speak to the viewer, telling whatever story you wish. Think Trash Poetry. If necessary, add words to guide the observer.
  • Seal it with tapes, stitching, staples or other fasteners, making certain that your piece will survive the post.
  • Decorate the edges if you wish, but leave room on the back to address it to:

Trash Bubbles: A Poetic Exploration of Trash

The Studio at Piney Creek Acres

107 Marigold Lane

New Brighton, PA 15066 USA

  • Be sure to include your name, email and mailing address
  • Send your Trash Bubble along for inclusion by March 1, 2018
  • NO JURY, NO FEE, NO RETURNS
  • Join the Facebook group: Trash Bubbles: a Poetic Exploration of Trash to see the contributions of artists as they arrive and to receive updates concerning the exhibit.

This is going to be a grand adventure! I am eager to see your interpretation of the theme.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

 

 

 

 

Monday Morning Mail Art Call: The Distance

For those of you who were looking for these posts and haven’t seen one since June… I sincerely apologize. I mistakenly thought that I had scheduled MMMAC posts through July. A brain fart, I suppose. I am hoping to remedy the situation beginning with today’s call.

The direction of visual arts of the secretary for culture of the province of Santa Cruz summons visual artists to participate in a mail art exhibition in October 2017 in the city of Río Gallegos. Those interested should send one or more works related to the topic “distance” via postal mail to:

SECRETARIA DE ESTADO DE CULTURA DE SANTA CRUZ, COMPLEJO CULTURAL – RAMON Y CAJAL nro.52 – RIO GALLEGOS (ZC 9400) PROV.OF SANTA CRUZ – ARGENTINA

The works will become part of the heritage of the secretary and will also be published on his website. Also, the following information must be attached: name and surname, ID Mail (email) and postal address. Deadline September 1st 2017. Size: 10 x 15 cm In any technique.
Queries to muestrasartesvisuales@gmail.com

Prof. Malena Malbrán
Directora de Artes Visuales de la Secretaría de Estado de Cultura de Santa Cruz.

Sec.de Estado de Cultura/Complejo Cultural Santa Cruz Ramón y Cajal 51-Tel. 02966 420606 muestrasartesvisuales@gmail.com 

Distance. How near? How far? The expanse in between… When we think of distance, we are usually thinking in terms of how far X is from where we are currently located, the distance between two points. I would venture to guess that we think of distance in this manner one or more times a day. But what about the distance in a relationship? The distance in one’s thoughts? An athlete’s distance?

As always, participate if you feel inspired to do so. Deadline: September 1, 2017

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

Monday Morning Mail Art Call: Grape Harvest in the World

This one left me day dreaming….

International Mail Art Project

For the biennial painting festival “The grape harvest in Tebano”, which will be held in Faenza c/o the Tebano’s Wine Pole (http://www.polotebano.it/ ) approximately in September 2017, artists from all over the world are invited to participate in this mail art project organized by the Faenza’s Watercolorists Association. Everyone is welcome to participate, all ages and skill levels. The day of the festival there will be an exhibition of the received works. Moreover all the works will be published online in a special album on the Facebook page of the Watercolourists Association: https://www.facebook.com/groups/associazioneacquerellistifaentini/?fref=ts and later there will be pictures of the exhibition too.

Theme: “Grape harvest in the world”

Size: Postcard (10 x 15 cm / 4 x 6 inches)

Technique: Free (watercolour, painting, drawing, collage and so on)

Rules: No jury, no fees, no return of the works (which will remain property of the “Associazione Acquerellisti Faentini”/”Faenza’s Watercolorists Association” and can reuse them for any subsequent exhibitions), not-for-profit, only original works, no copies. It is up to the artist to send in envelope or not, only 1 piece for each artist.

Deadline: Works must arrive by the 31st of July 2017.

Please clearly indicate name, address and email address on the back of the card.

Send your card to:

Associazione Acquerellisti Faentini
c/o Roberta Savolini
Via Renaccio, 20
48018 Faenza (RA)
Italy

Now, I’m thirsty for a glass of Chianti! How about you?

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

Monday Morning Mail Art Call: Clown Parade Project

Send in the Clowns….

International Clown Week – August 1-7  2017

As part of the celebrations, Cascadia Artpost and Walmarth of Retailia are sponsoring a Mail Art call about clowns. Send your art on a postcard to arrive by June 30 to:

MailArtmartha
12 River Grove Park Beckenham  BR3 1HU  UK
or to
Cascadia Artpost
3116 Moore Street SE  Olympia  WA 98501-3517  USA

Please follow clownparadeproject.blogspot.com (http://clownparadeproject.blogspot.com) where all entries will be documented as they arrive. By the end of the parade a printed photo-essay, also documenting the project and listing all contributors, will be sent to all participants.

Have fun with this one!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

Tuesday Trash Bubbles: Pedestrian Crossing

Last week, I was uninspired where Trash Bubbles were concerned. I touched, I sifted, I sorted and looked, but nothing came. This week is another story. I am working concurrently on several bubbles.

Pedestrian Crossing was born of some odd toy packaging that I cut to postcard size around the little bubble attached to it. The gray on gray tire print appealed to me, but it took quite a while to get a workable image going.

The bubble is offset in the postcard which made centering the pedestrian tricky. I painted and stenciled it on the paper backing, then added a broken stop sign brad and a broken toy car wheel. After sealing the bubble, I added the Schlotzsky’s 66 sandwich pick, sealed the edges together with street map washi tape and affixed the broken Toyota emblem.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

 

 

 

Monday Morning Mail Art Call: Kurt Schwitters

Do you have a favorite mail artist in history?

I do!

Can you guess who it might be?

If you’re creating, sending and receiving mail art, but have never looked into its history or its principal players of years gone by, this call might entice you to do so.

Boy, oh boy! I was so glad to see the English translation for this one! My high school German isn’t very sharp these days.

Look up Kurt and his collages… I promise you won’t be disappointed.

If you really like his style, like I do, maybe you’ll be inspired to create a piece for the call. You have plenty of time. Deadline is December 16, 2017.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

Monday Morning Mail Art Call: David Bowie

When David Bowie passed away I saw many artists take to their craft to mourn his loss and celebrate his life. Is it no wonder then, that he might be memorialized in a mail art call?

https://i2.wp.com/www.royalmail.com/sites/default/files/db-hero-image-600x366.png

Theme: David Bowie – the man, his music and his songs.

Technique/Media: All techniques e.g. drawing, painting, printmaking, photographs, collages, (visual) poems, graffiti etc.

Size/Format: Any size up to A4 preferred as easier to scan images but pieces larger than A4 also accepted.

Work number unlimited – No jury – No fee – No return

All works will be displayed here on the Positively Postal website – 

http://positivelypostal.com/david-bowie-mailart-call/

Racist, violent and pornographic artworks will not be exhibited.

Please include your full name, country, email and address.

Deadline: All participants who send in mailart to arrive before 30th June 2017 will be entered into a draw to win a David Bowie stamp presentation pack – one name will be picked at random. Mailart can however be sent in up until July 31st 2017.

Please send to:

Positively Postal
David Bowie Mailart
P.O. Box 477
Hounslow
U.K. TW3 9HD

The deadline is July 31, 2017, but I’m shooting for the early deadline of June 30, 2017, so I can be eligible for the David Bowie stamp presentation pack drawing. Otherwise, I confess, I’m gonna have to purchase those gorgeous stamps!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!