Happy spring, even though it still feels like winter's hanging on! I love this time of year, despite all the work to be done and the allergies going batty on me. Just a heads up and some good news this post. First of all, I'm very happy to have been selected to have some of my Splotch Monster work included in the upcoming Mail Me Art 3, Short and Sweet book, organized by Darren Di Lieto, who runs the Little Chimp Society art and illustration website. I've always been a fan of snail mail, especially when it merges with art, and have participated in quite a few mail art-related happenings in recent years, most notably my collaborative exchange with JJ Cromer late last year, which was an all around incredible experience. I included a photo of an amazing piece that I acquired from JJ through the mail, which I'm in the process of getting professionally framed. I also love the drawing he made on the envelope - a happy-looking asterisk character it seems! I'll miss those packages from JJ and I've kept every one of 'em. Anyway, Darren and co will be hosting a Mail Me Art 3 book launch at the Framers Gallery in London from July 30th up through August 3rd, 2013, where they'll also be featuring our work. I dropped my piece off a little over a week ago, so hopefully it reached, or will reach its destination soon. Inside my envelope is a little, secret added bonus, even though contributing artists could choose to opt out from placing any mail inside. Either way, Darren had us send a high res scan via email just in case, so the image will still happily make it into the book. Above is the before and the after, in classic Splotch Monster-posting form. I haven't done a Splotch Monster text piece in a long time, and this one might be one of my favorites. I can't wait for the book to arrive in my mailbox this summer, in the meantime! Speaking of mail art, I just began two more collaborations with two more good artist folks, and I'll be posting up and sending out my beginning-stage images soon.
*above and below: I found some physical copies of Pathways at MOM's in Herndon, VA!
Before I go, below I posted some shots I got from the fantastic show, Glitterbomb, now on exhibit at Art Enables/Off-Rhode Studio. It features just a fraction of the works from the huge collection of outsider art enthusiast and expert Paul Yandura, who also has quite a few of my Splotch Monster pieces in his collection, making me so happy to learn they found a good, loving home. A.E. and Paul will be hosting a big Glitterbomb party at Off-Rhode this Saturday, March 23, from 7-10 PM, and the show runs until March 29, so please don't miss this if you're in the DC area!