Pimlico Library is currently hosting a mail art show with a difference.
Mail art? C’est quoi?
Basically, mail art is art you can send through the post (see a good summary of mail art on Oxford Art Online – gain access from anywhere with your Westminster Libraries membership card number). The art form began in the 1960s as a way to counter commercialism in art. The aim was to simultaneously make art more inclusive and bypass the traditional gallery system. In 1970 the first ever mail art show (which was organised by Ray Johnson) was held in New York City.
As part of the Westminster Libraries Graphic Novel Season, Pimlico Library’s show merges the concept of mail art with the graphic narrative medium.
The result is Little Big Stories. Voila!
To host a mail art show the etiquette of the movement suggest that one makes a mail art call (which is basically an invitation for mail art to be sent in to a venue). In late February Pimlico Library issued a graphic narrative call on this blog. The response was tremendous with over 150 pieces being sent in from all over the world.
The mail art received is now being displayed all around Pimlico Library with impressive effect. Just as with graphic novels, the pieces cover a wide range of subjects and themes. Come in and check them out.
In relation to this, Pimlico library will be hosting a mail art workshop on 27 April 2011.
We’d like to say an enormous special thank you to everyone who contributed to the show. Your work is truly amazing.