Thursday, February 13, 2014

 Mail Art Project for 2016
( I propose to fill this pod with... )
A Proposal on a Postcard it's that simple !

Connect below for the 2015 Mail Art Project
Letter To Me


Reinvention : A Mail Art Project began with the call out in February 2014.
All of the artwork was exhibited in six venues in Nashville, Tennessee between August 22nd and September 13th 2014 and the complete project has now been donated to the Special Collections at Vanderbilt University Library.

Read on for the details.....

Two years ago I moved from London, England to live in Nashville, Tennessee, USA inspiring my theme...



Curated by Jason Brown
Hosted by Platetone and TGCR at The Green Gallery
8.22.14 - 9.13.14

Opened Thursday 21st August 2014  6pm - 9pm
6.30 pm - A Talk by British Mail Artist Nigel Bents
Followed by a new Performance Art piece "Mail Yeah" by Matthew Marcum
Participate in interactive mail art project "Lets Get Real" by Aaron Smith


Talk by Nigel Bents

"Mail Yeah" performance by Matthew Marcum

Participating in 'Let's Get Real" project by Aaron Smith

The Green Gallery

535 4th Ave South
Nashville, TN 37210

Tues to Thurs  2pm-6pm,  Sat  12pm-4pm
By appointment at other times

A fine arts community studio offering workspace, workshops and exhibition opportunities

Fostering creativity and sustainability through reuse

Contact : Jason Brown

After the show, the project will be donated to the Special Collections at Vanderbilt University Library .....................................................................................

The Mail Art show is shared with other venues in Nashville.

The Wilson Room
615 Church Street
Nashville, TN 37219

East Side Story  (Nashville's only all-local bookstore) 
1108 Woodland Street
Unit B, Nashville, TN 37206

644 West Iris Drive
Nashville, TN 37204

1702  8th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37203

Mickey's Tavern  (Jason Brown's Favourite Bar)
2907 Gallatin Pike
Nashville, TN 37216

Please check the individual venues for their opening times

Participation is free
Technique is free ( painting, drawing, collage, mixed media, rubber stamps, 3 D Objects, etc... )
Size is free  ( whatever you can get through the postal system )

There is No jury selection
There will be No return of mail art
There will be No sales

All work will be shown on this blog
There will also be an exhibition held in Nashville, Tennessee, USA

All project documentation will be published on the blog and there will also be a postal response 

( In the words of Ray Johnson ),  "Please Send To" :
Jason Brown
P O Box  160417
Nashville, TN  37216


About Mail Art

Mail Art explained on the University of Buffalo's website..

' Participatory, democratic, personal and expressive, as a form of artwork, Mail Art is sent, given or exchanged via the postal service. A work of artwork becomes Mail Art once it is dispatched, disappearing forever from the artist's hands. Mail Artists form networks and faithfully participate in them by pouring a steady stream of unique art objects into the quotidian postal system. Mail Artists also regularly call for topical or thematic Mail Art for exhibition. Mail Art forms a community of like minded artists. Each piece of Mail Art is unique and often a collage that might aggressively engage social, artistic, and hot topic political issues or might harvest images from pop culture. All forms of material and artistic techniques come into play. Mail Art explores the material nature of language. Rubber stamps, stickers, paint and other material are frequently combined in Mail Art collage. After artistic treatment, items such as common post cards to plastic bottles enter into the Mail Art network.

Ray Johnson is credited as the founder of contemporary Mail Art. In the late 1950's he founded the New York Correspondence School, and the New York Correspondence School bunny is an image frequently collaged into works of Mail Art'

Here are some links for you;
Let's start with Wikipedia -
Mail Artist, Sarah Churchill explains on youtube - youtube
Excellent website from established British mail artist, Keith Bates -
The International Union of Mail-Artists  -
A Mail Art Forum -