Saturday, February 2, 2008

In the Mailbox

Pushing the boundaries between Art and Garbage:

This was the largest piece of Mail art I've received so far, and it was really heavy. I was so excited as I opened it...and I found a ton of what appeared to be, at first glance, garbage.

But, being an artist, I didn't judge it...

However, I wasn't sure what to make of it at first, but as I started digging through it I found many treasures, a few of which I shared below. During this process of looking through this box, I realized that I was actually sorting out what I thought was art and what I thought was garbage. That disturbed me. But I do feel that as viewers of art, we do this kind of sorting in our minds when we are looking at art, (especially in instances such as this) whether we are conscious of it or not.

From Anthony Stagg
Illinois, USA

So, the question was, what the hell do I send back to this guy? Nothing ordinary will do. So I sewed some condom wrappers together and sent them back to him in an envelope that I had actually found in the box with his address already on it.


Bill Evertson said...

I'm glad you seem to be in curator mode. This assemblage reminds me of what I've seen in the last two Whitney Biennials in NYC. Nice cum back on the return project. I think this dissembling dada impulse has run it's course. There is plenty of new media that supports the tendency away from further deconstruction of the art object. I also hate to criticize another artist, but is this a serious contribution?

Sarah said...

What a great comment, I really appreciate your thoughts on this. Thanks.