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POST(AL) PANDEMIC Mail Art Exhibition

art work from MKx Modi, Pack, and Stevens

August 23 - September 15, 2021
Reception: September 9th 4 - 6 p.m. (masks are required-thank you)

Is there life—or an artistic vision of it—after gloomy 2020 & 2021? Is the infection demon Rona (Covid-19 & variants) now defeated, battling us...or simply lying in wait to spring again?   Artists were invited to submit their artistic reflections of disease & melancholy, recent lifestyle, decorative optimism & future brightness, plus appreciation of the world's postal systems that kept/keep us together while socially isolated. Mail art is since the 1960s, a reflection of artists from around the world relying on the postal system as an alternative means of producing, distributing, and receiving art. Mail art (aka “correspondence art” or “postal art”) has become a form of artistic practice in which an international network of participants use the mail to make art and share it with others. With letters, postcards, and packages—as well as material that tests the limits of what can be posted—mail artists circumvent traditional elite modes of display and distribution (such as museums and commercial galleries) in favor of the more accessible spaces of the modern post. What better place than a public university like SVSU to share voices from around the world regarding a universal phenomenon. This exhibition creatively sidesteps the art market and political censors to gage the pulse of society.  Forty artists from across the United States, and also Germany, Japan, Brasil, Poland, Austria and Romania submitted work. 

Entrants: Installation images are provided below for out of state and country viewers. Thank you to everyone who entered.

Artist Name (# of pieces)
CityState

Country

Jeff Bagato(5)Universal CityTexas

USA

Pedro BericatZaragoza 

Spain

Guido BondioliMesaArizona

USA

BonniedivaGurneeIllinois

USA

Maria Do Carmo BothCanoas-RS 

Brasil

Chevlier Daniel C. BoyerNew YorkNew York

USA

Lady Silvia Soares BoyerNew YorkNew York

USA

Joan CarterSan AntonioTexas

USA

Pam ChatfieldLowellMassachusetts

USA

Ryan ChessonSaginawMichigan

USA

Karen ChewRedwood CityCalifornia

USA

Sara Clark (2)SaginawMichigan

USA

Ryosuke CohenAshiya 

Japan

Milicent FambroughSan AntonioTexas

USA

Francine FoxWayneNebraska

USA

Esme HansonSaginawMichigan

USA

Molly ItiuppsGrand BlancMichigan

USA

J. Blake JohnsonSaginawMichigan

USA

Dawn Kehr (4)Bay CityMichigan

USA

Hideki KihataMidlandMichigan

USA

Tuba KinayGorSinop 

Turkey

MkxModi aka Michael King Jr.Grosse Point ParkMichigan

USA

Eric LundeMinneapolisMinnesota

USA

Mike MosherBay CityMichigan

USA

MuseumN.comMinneapolisMinnesota

USA

MYRRH aka Trudy ReaganPalo AltoCalifornia

USA

Andre Pace (5/1)PheonixArizona

USA

Pawel Pacholec (2)Graniczna 4/63 

Poland

Susan PackHemlockMichigan

USA

Horvath Piroska (5)Innkreis 

Austria

Alexandru SerbanescuConstanta 

Romania

Renato SclaunichBolzano 

Italy

Honoria Starbuck PhDAustiinTexas

USA

Gerald StevensBay CityMichigan

USA

Elizabeth Terry (6)BreckenridgeMichigan

USA

James ThomasRichfieldMinnesota

USA

Horst Tress (3)Koln 

Germany

ToFuSan FranciscoCalifornia

USA

Nancy Vader McCormickEssexvilleMichigan

USA

D.S. WangSanta BarbaraCalifornia

USA

 

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