This drawing was made for M.D. A collegue that works at the Radius College and will soon leave us to follow a new challenge. The drawing gives an idea of the complexity one deals with when working at a larger College and focusses on quality and the rules by and for others to maintain that.
When I draw I am always in drawing modus as I call it. I never know what will come out, but I know I want to create something. The essence is the creating. I make things. That might explain the text “Hope for new art is lost when you are in a museum”. You see so many things that are created that you don’t feel the need to create new things.
The drawing above has to do with the networking component of my art. In Mail-Art you share you art with others, and what you create goes straight to the one it is made for. I meet a lot of artists that aren’t connected to the network, and they have a hard time finding a ‘public’, someone who will react to what you see and make. In Mail-Art the network is your public. Only the Galleries and Musea are excluded from that network. No money is involved in the mail-art network other then the sending costs and the buying of materials to make your work.
But sometimes I am at the border of these two worlds. In the Art world you don’t just give away your art. You sell it, exhibit it, catalogue it, and build a portfolio. When I make drawings that aren’t made on envelope but on traditional thick paper. I tend to keep the drawings and pass on copies of the drawings. Somehow it is difficult to give away the things I create. I also don’t sell it. I just keep it as one big collection of which I am not sure where it will end up.
The IUOMA is also a network. Part of the mail-art network, but actually a large network of creative people working together in the mail-art tradition. Nowadays on a digital platform where the plans and productions are communicated too.
In 2003 I was still living in Tilburg. I was painting envelopes on a daily basis, and sent thousands into the network. I made photo’s of all of them, lateron digitized them with a scanner. This blog is about a special series because the symbols can be interpreted in many ways, and these envelopes belong together although they are now all over the world. The one above To Anna Boschi (Italy) shows the setting quite well
The Background is a mixture of two colors that are integrated while wet. The envelopes were mostly sent to people I was doing the mail-interviews with. So a selected group received them. The one above to Clive Phillpot in UK, and the one below to Günther Ruch in Switserland.
The writings on the envelopes aren’t real letters. More acemic two symbol words. Painted with vermilioen Red and Oker Yellow. For postage alwats two or four postage stamps. Address stickers were prepared because I wrote to these contacts a lot these years. Like Below to John Held Jr. in the USA.
The envelopes were numbered too. You can see the red number in the corner below. In the year I made these (2003), there was no facebook and the Internet wast like it is now. So I never saw digital images of the received envelopes. Therefore it is funny to post them again in 2015, and will see what happened to the envelope series. The envelope below went to Bill Willson. The one abov to Julie Paquette. Both in the USA.
For Mark Greenfield (UK) I made a small exception in the series. I added a little green to it. That fits as a special one in the series. mark Greenfield never came to Facebook of the digital world. he remains the P.O. Box from which he writes. We are still in contact though now and then……
And a last sample, the enveloppe to Vittore Baroni in Italy. As you can see, also numbered, and signed with acrylic paint with my typical symbol JR and then the year the enveloppe is painted. The envelopes I make this year are with 2015, so you can easiliy date them……
Some new statements in 2013 where published as a .PDF file too. New ideas you can see and read at:
They are new compared to the milenium statements, which are accesible at:
This set is more historical. I wrote them in 1999 when the year 2000 was coming closer and a new meillenium was approaching. An unique event for us then, but it seems so far away now.