The Green Gallery • August 21

After five months and over 460 entries representing 31 countries, Reinvention: The Mail Art Show is ready for its public debut.

A true global community project, this all-inclusive effort was launched and coordinated by Nashvillian Jason Brown. In keeping with the spirit of mail art, there were no fees, no jury, and the work will not be sold. Unlike many other mail art projects, however, this project culminates in an exhibition.

“When I got into this I had no idea it would generate such a tremendous response. And when I was researching other mail art projects for ideas on how to exhibit the work, it appears that something of this scale has never been done in the South,” Brown commented.

Among the local entries received were pieces from Lain York, John Guider, Andee Rudloff, Kaaren Hirschowitz Engel, and Megan Kelley. Prominent mail artists who entered include Clemente Padin, Uruguay, Vittore Baroni, Italy, Keith Bates, England, and Guy Bleus, Belgium. Stephen Farthing, a Member of the Royal Academy of Art, Lawrence Weiner, one of the originators of conceptual art, and Dr. Stephen Bury, Chief Librarian at the Frick Library, New York, also participated.

Mark Pawson front

Mark Pawson

One noteworthy series of entries came from Duncan MacAskill, who mailed in 30 entries from 14 countries. The front of each piece simply shows the geographic coordinates of the mailing location, and the back includes the coordinates for Nashville.

Reinvention: The Mail Art Show opens with a reception on Thursday, August 21, from 6:30 until 9 p.m. at The Green Gallery, 535 4th Avenue, South. Hosted by Turnip Green Creative Reuse (TGCR) and Platetone, the evening includes a talk by British artist Nigel Bents, who teaches at Chelsea College of Art & Design, a Performance Art piece by Matthew Marcum, and some special readings. The exhibit will be on view through September 13.

Following the show at The Green Gallery, pieces from the project will be shown at the Nashville Public Library, East Side Story, Nashville Arts Magazine’s office, Mickey’s Tavern, and Howlin’ Books. After the show the entire project will be donated to the Special Collections at the Vanderbilt University Library where it will be preserved for the future.

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