June 2 through 30, 2017

Carbondale Arts is pleased to present Correspondence with an opening reception on First Friday, June 2, from 6-8pm.

Six initiating artists have each corresponded with a fellow artist since October of 2016. These correspondences were sent and received via the postal system in the tradition of Mail Art. For many of the artists this was the only means of communication between them, forcing an exploration of the intimacy of conversation through the physical exchange of letters/art works. By using the postal system they have invited an unknown variable that has left markings, possible delays or losses, and included the postal workers as audience members. In this day and age of fast-paced digital communication these artists did their best to honor the tradition of Mail Art.

Developed in the early 1960’s, Mail Art was an important off-shoot of the Fluxus Movement, noted for experimental syntheses of different artistic media and disciplines. In this vein, the artists’ pairings vary in discipline and media, including collage, acrylic painting, drawing, performance, sculptural, paint, watercolor, written/poetry, tattoo, photographs, journalistic, etc. The installation of the works will reveal the development of the relationships through a chronological mapping throughout the gallery space. The viewers will be able to immerse themselves in a provocative and engrossing display of content and media explored by the artists.

Participating correspondents include: Brian Colley, Christopher Dickerson, Staci Dickerson, Laurie Doctor, Deborah Jones, James Katzenberger, Reina Katzenberger (curator), Tracey Kessler, Gabriel Liston, Bonnie Nadzam, Jill Sabella, Laura Stover, and Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer.

Additional correspondents include: Robert Burch, Juliana Forbes, Takeo Hiromitsu, Bart Laemmel, Matter Studio, Andrew Roberts-Gray, and Margie Woods.