The next exhibit in the Cameron Gallery at The Scrap Exchange features mail art sent to the Durham creative reuse arts center’s new home from around the world. Mail art (also known as postal art and correspondence art) is an art medium centered around sending small scale works through the postal service. Mail art can include a wide variety of collage, mixed media and other techniques. The artwork is usually sent without an envelope, so that postage stamps, cancellation marks, and wear and tear during the delivery process become part of the art as it passes from one hand to the next. The exhibit, titled “Signed, Sealed, Delivered II”, opens on Friday, December 19, 2014 and runs through January 10, 2015.
This show is the second international mail art exhibit curated by The Scrap Exchange. The first mail art show was hosted in the former Green Gallery in August, 2013 in the Scrap Exchange’s previous location at Cordoba Center for the Arts in Durham. Entries for this year’s show have been received from artists across North Carolina and other states including Virginia, Hawaii, Florida, Ohio and Massachusetts. Art has also been received from international artists in Germany, Spain and England. Submissions are continuing to arrive daily in the mail. All art received for this exhibit will be archived at The Scrap Exchange after the exhibit closes and be available in the future for public viewing upon request or used as teaching aids in future classes about mail art or collage. A binder of the archived submissions from last year’s show will also be available in the gallery for viewing..
An opening reception for Signed, Sealed, Delivered II is scheduled on Friday, December 19 from 6-9pm. The reception will be part of the annual Holiday Party celebration at The Scrap Exchange. Festivities include refreshments, free art-making and music. Cameron Galley receptions are free and open to the public.