A New Piece of Art Delivered to Your Valentine Every Month
by Jen Graves
on Tue, Feb 14, 2012 at 4:21 PM
The king of mail art in the Seattle universe is Aaron Bagley. This is his Rauschenberg Couch. I prefer to call it his Rauschenberg Couchenberg.
Now I don't forward every Tom, Dick, and Harry of a subscription series your way, but this one is worth considering: Art Practical, a Bay Area online arts mag, is launching a mail art subscription you buy for $150, and for that, you get a work of art every month for six months by some pretty great artists (including Martha Rosler!).
It's also a crossover project between writers and artists. Every month, the chosen artist (Rosler, Anthony Discenza, Alicia Escott, Colter Jacobsen, Anthony Marcellini, and an unnamed mystery sixth) will create a work that responds to a piece of writing from the magazine. You'll get the artwork (it's a limited edition of 150), the original essay, and a return postcard you're invited to send back with your own contributions to be collected into an archive.
The cutoff date is March 1, and it would make the perfect Valentine for all those art procrastinators out there...Check it.