Thursday, March 13, 2008

Letter to Heather


Oh, and I had an intense dream-vision that my mother crossed a road and went under a tree and laid in a puddle and turned into a dirt mound w/ moss and the puddle was gone and then just behind where she had been there was a little cat graveyard and the cats were slightly uncovered with their paws and heads pointing skyward and when I touch a paw it crumbled and felt like that cream candy-bar nougat that is in the middle of a Halvah bar ....
B.....
(Above image: Grounded by Heather Gray, 2008)

Me.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Mail Art Collaboration

Stacie and I were art-partners in the early 90's within another group called The Post Card Club. Every month we would make postcards and send each of the 9 members a card plus one unsuspecting person a card - the person was chosen by a different member each month and that person would receive 9 hand made post cards from unknown sources. (Mine went to my Philosophy professor at Virginia Tech - Dr. Joe Pitt.)

Champe Smith is now resurrecting The Postcard Club and generously including us in the upcoming exhibition Mapping Correspondence: Mail Art in the 21st Century opening April 11th at The Center for Book Arts in Chelsea.
Here are some images that came of Stacie and my collaboration ....
SANTA LUKA X02

We began with the idea that some people choose to have babies, and others choose to have dogs (we are of the latter) and how the "business" of being the "good" parent has become big - just look at all the silly "toys" out there for both!!!

SANTA LUKA X01

We are also interested in the amount of photos we receive every year at Christmas of our friends kids - its amazing to see them grow up from one photo a year - needless to say some of our friends are distant, and we don't see them as much as we would like ....

POSTCARD X01 (CLICK TO ENLARGE)

POSTCARD X01 BACK

I've always liked the greater than or equal to symbol ... and concept ... so we used it to speak about how we feel about our rescue-shepherd - Luka. Stacie did the drawings because she hasn't been ruined by art school ... I did the cut-n-paste and photo manipulation ...

POSTCARD X02 (CLICK TO ENLARGE)

This image was the front of the second card - the color image was the front of the first - with opposite images - color montage / pencil drawing - becoming images for the back of each ....

The show is up through the summer and just got a review in ARTFORUM ...

Wednesday, March 5, 2008