Tuesday, March 4, 2014

# 53 "mail/art/book" exhibition

I had the good fortune to be included in the mail/art/book exhibition curated by Jennie Hinchfield and John Held, Jr.  It was part of the Ex Postal Facto Conference held in February this year. It was on view at the San Francisco Center for the Book, San Francisco, CA. The exhibition was open from February 14-April 27, 2014. 

The book that I submitted, Official Mail Art, was a collaboration with Jon Foster of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA. Jon and I met through IUOMA, an international, online mail-art community. The book’s six pages (postcards) were created by Jon and sent to me in 2013. I arranged the postcards and bound them using a variation of the Japanese side-bound format. Jon's technique for creating the imagery involves the use of clear packaging tape. The same tape was used to create the collages on the covers to add continuity to the design.

Jon is a man of many talents--you can learn more about him at 

Close-ups of more mail art from the exhibition can be found at the following links.

Collaboration of Carmela Rizzuto and Jon Foster
View of back cover
Collaboration of Carmela Rizzuto and Jon Foster
Pages 1 and 2
Collaboration of Carmela Rizzuto and Jon Foster
Page 4

Collaboration of Carmela Rizzuto and Jon Foster
Overhead view
Collaboration of Carmela Rizzuto and Jon Foster
Front cover

Monday, March 3, 2014

#52 Mail Art March 2014

From Martina Winkel, Essen, Germany.
 Collage of vintage elements.
From Carl Baker, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.
Elegant envelope art: Ink and stamping (fractal?).

From Richard Baudet, Marseille, France. 'Winter Dream'.
Creatively decorated envelope with collage and calligraphy.

From Patricio, Celestial Scribe, Curitiba, Brazil.
Envelope decorated with collage and stamping.
Enclosures from Patricio, Celestial Scribe, Curitiba, Brazil.
Collage: Note the bats circling the Tower of Babel
--such subtle humor and whimsy.

By CR for Art Via Post's Call for Entries, 'The Envelope as Canvas'.
Lyra Watercolor crayon and pen on paper.

By CR for Rebecca Guyver, Stowmarket, UK.
Entry for'Monotone Semitone Kodachrome'.
 Altered postcard using fragments of paste paper and ephemera.  


Fr_ La Marquesa, Albuquerque, NM, USA. 
'Harbingers of Spring': paint, glitter and collage.

From Rebecca Guyver, Stowmarket, UK
 A decorated sewn 'wallet' full of ephemera.
Shown in its clear cellophane envelope 
with a customs stamp declaring 'Artist's Trash, No value'. 

From Rebecca Guyver, Stowmarket, UK 
A decorated, sewn-paper wallet full of trash-treasure.

To Raphael'L, Tullins, France
 Collaboration of C. Rizzuto and Esther Kamkar.
Monotype by EK with additional color and collage by CR.