The new exhibit in the Green Gallery at The Scrap Exchange features mail art sent to the Durham creative reuse arts center from around the world.
Mail art – also known as postal art and correspondence art – is an art medium centered around sending small-scale works through the postal service.
It can include a wide variety of collage, mixed media and other techniques. The artwork is usually sent without an envelope, so that postage stamps, cancellation marks, and wear and tear during the delivery process become part of the art as it passes from one hand to the next.
Mail art for this show has been received from artists across North Carolina and other states including California, Texas, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Ohio. Art has also been submitted from international artists in Germany and England.
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All art received for this exhibit will be archived at The Scrap Exchange after the exhibit closes and be available in the future for public viewing upon request or used as teaching aids in future classes about mail art or collage.
Preparation for this show was not limited to The Scrap Exchange. The international call for mail art triggered art-making activity at another creative reuse center located in Pittsburgh, Penn. After hearing about the call for submissions, artists and staff at the Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse (pccr.org) hosted art-making sessions at their facility for staff and the public to create art to send to The Scrap Exchange for the exhibit.
The exhibit, titled “Signed, Sealed, Delivered,” runs through Sept. 14.