Half Moon to Halve Maen: Mail Art Holland 2017
Half Moon to Halve Maen
Mail Art: Holland 2017 | by artist Willie Marlowe
Join us Troy Night Out, Friday, June 30th from 5-8pm for a pop-up exhibit of Willie Marlowe’s Half Moon to Halve Maen series, on display in conjunction with the exhibition Still Eden: Artists in the Realm of Nature through July 22. Also on view in The LAB: The Border Projects by Jacqueline Weaver.
In April 2017, artist Willie Marlowe spent a month in the Netherlands at the Obras Holland artist residency, near the Rhine. During her time there, she completed a Mail Art project in partnership with Collar Works, in which she completed sixteen black and white abstract postcard paintings and sent them on their way across the Atlantic to Troy, NY. Fifteen paintings arrived, one is still on its journey.
The paintings in this series, titled Half Moon to Halve Maen, reflect on Marlowe’s observations on Dutch culture, landscape, art, archaeology, architecture and engineering.
“As an artist who likes to work on an intimate scale, I found it exhilarating to put a stamp of the back of a painting, address it and send it out into the world.” – Marlowe
Marlowe has a long history with mail art, beginning with her correspondence with Ray Johnson who was considered the founder of mail art. She has participated in numerous mail art exhibitions. Marlowe has curated several international mail art shows while teaching at Sage College of Albany: Post Impressions, Stamp Act, Pony Express, The Mail Box Blues, and Habitats and Shelters. Each was shown informally on the Sage Albany campus and in other colleges and galleries, including The Barbados Art Council and the library in Tortola, West Indies, The Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford, Ireland, Artpool Archive, Budapest, Hungary, University Art Museum, SUNY Albany, and Hartwick College. She also contributed a mail art project to an invitational show at Albany Center Gallery, and has been included in publications such as the Eternal Network, A Mail Art Anthology.
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