In keeping with the spirit of POST I’ve designed a letterhead that will deliver (via the postal system) a one-month series of drawings and texts.
Letterhead is an A4 sized piece of paper emblazoned with a design indicating the contents on the page are of an origin related to The Story of Stripes and Dots. This is a narrative series I continue to produce within, in many forms, addressing the role abstraction has in the construction and use of a visual language. Simply stated, a stripe is a dot seen from the side, a dot is a stripe as seen from head-on.
Many aspects of POST at Kunsthal Charlottenborg are reminiscent of what I’ve read, seen, and understand of 1960’s and 1970’s conceptual and FLUXUS made art. Serial production, propositional statements, an attempt at dematerialization, projected skepticism reflexively underscored using administrative aesthetics - tools of critique constructed from the environment at hand. Rubber stamps, mail art, made up names.
Central to the exhibition, of course, is that everything must arrive by mail - through and by the traditional postal system. Courier companies are forbidden. The only thing I can imagine being sent through regional post is something personal from one person to another, where what the information is printed on is as important as the information itself. What fits into an envelope? A letter; a form; a special card wishing you well; an artifact collected and passed along with notations attached. There is a traditional aspect to the POST exhibit that is as attractive as listening to Led Zeppelin on a Sunday. Thinking and producing within a specific frame, when thoughts time travel in order to go to work.
For the month of June I’ll be sending letters to Kunsthal Charlottenborg. As many as I can, I hope to average at least one a day. I’ve designed a letterhead with a stripe and a dot. Each page presents an A4 sized proposition related to its self, a story of Stripes and Dots played out on the stage of the page. As these letters arrive I would see them pinned on the wall of the gallery, sequentially in a row, starting from the left. I’ll do my best to number the individual pages and give adequate indication as to how casually the page should be affixed to the wall, what height, distance from the next, etc… I’ve begun composing this piece earlier than needed to account for the time-schedule of a letter traveling through the post. The first gesture will be sent out shortly, I expect arriving a little earlier than expected in Copenhagen. Better early than late. A resemblance to a narrative unfurling in post could be implied, although I’m going for the present-ness of these ideas in space (and the imminent arrival of another), to propel the proposition along.