Signed, Sealed, Delivered
An international mail art exhibit
in the Green Gallery at The Scrap Exchange
Opening Reception: Friday, August 16 from 6-9 pm
Exhibit runs August 16 – September 14
The next exhibit in the Green Gallery at The Scrap Exchange features mail art sent to the Durham creative reuse arts center 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”, opens on Friday, August 16 and runs through September 14.
This exhibit marks the first time in the Green Gallery’s history that works of art will be included from multiple artists around the world. Mail art for this show has been received from artists across North Carolina and other states including California, Texas, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Ohio. Art has also been submitted from international artists in Germany and England. 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.
Preparation for this show was not limited to The Scrap Exchange. The international call for mail art triggered art-making activity at another creative reuse center located in Pittsburgh, PA. After hearing about the call for submissions, artists and staff at the Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse (pccr.org) hosted art making sessions at their facility for staff and the public to create art to send to The Scrap Exchange for the exhibit.
An opening reception for Signed, Sealed, Delivered is scheduled on Friday, August 16 from 6-9pm. The reception includes refreshments, free art-making and music. Green Gallery receptions are free, open to the public and sponsored by PBR.
In addition to the opening reception, The Scrap Exchange will also host a free Make and Take session to create mail art on Sunday, August 25 from 1-4pm. The public is welcome to drop in anytime during those hours and use Scrap Exchange materials for free to create additional works of mail art to either mail to friends, or mail back to The Scrap Exchange to be added to the exhibit.
The Green Gallery is located inside The Scrap Exchange creative reuse arts center at 923 Franklin St. in Durham. For more information, call The Scrap Exchange at 919-688-6960.