The Snail Mail Art Installation is the first art event to be hosted by the non-profit arts promotional group, CIRCLE.
Snail Mail is a Mail Art initiative to go on for one year or longer and culminate with an site specific exhibition to be installed at the CIRCLE Creativity Festival to be held at the Camp/Resort, Iroquois Springs in the Catskill Mountains in fall of 2010.
Mail Art is an interactive art activity in which two artists collaborate with each other and with the US postal service (or other national postal services) For examples go to http://www.digitalmailart.blogspot.com
You can also look up mail art on Wikipedia or look up its history with Ray Johnson, often credited with being its founder in the 1950s.
The originating artist first starts a piece of art in any medium, size and on any ground he or she chooses. The only limitations are those set by what the post office will mail. He or she then addresses the piece (most often like a postcard) and sends the artwork through the postal service unwrapped to the recipient.
Postage stamps can be chosen to work with the imagery or be left to chance.Sender should be aware that the postal service may use a digital bar-coded meter sticker instead of stamps unless requested to do otherwise.
The Recipient artist receives the artwork in the mail and the continues to work on the piece in a collaborative way as he or she sees fit. After finishing the work of art he then repeats the mailing process, choosing stamps and cancellation method and sending the piece back through the mail to its originator.
WRAPPING MAIL ART DISQUALIFIES IT FROM THE SNAIL MAIL ART INITIATIVE.
The only medium or size requirement is that the Postal service allow the content and size to be sent through the mail system and the artist(s) be willing to pay whatever the postage cost.
For the purposes of the CIRCLE Snail Mail Art Installation a $10 ( or $5 per person) entry fee donation is being requested to help cover costs of installing and maintaining the show..
If both artists choose to do so the piece can be sent through the mail a third time to the CIRCLE address. The option is to enclose the piece after it has been sent, received and returned. This is not required and is entirely up to you.When the completed mail art piece is received by CIRCLE an exhibition agreement will be sent out asking for pertinent information, detailing information and requesting donation.
A package or envelope of appropriate size and with appropriate postage should be sent separately for return of the piece.Collaborating artists should decide who the piece is returned to and address the SASE accordingly.
If in the case that an artist really wants to participate in this installation but cannot afford to pay the donated $5 entry fee, the work will not be denied entrance to the installation.The money is a tax deductable donation and greater amounts will also be gladly accepted. Hopefully we will have benefactors who find our mission worthy and will send more so we am not concerned if someone is unable to do so. Just send some art!
AFTER THE SNAIL MAIL ART PIECE HAS BEEN BACK AND FORTH
THROUGH THE MAIL BETWEEN COLLABORATING ARTISTS IT MAY BE ENCLOSED IN AN ENVELOPE WITH THE REQUIRED INFORMATION AND DONATION FOR DELIVERY TO THE CIRCLE ADDRESS.
When CIRCLE receives the mail art piece exhibition agreements will be sent to artists, detailing all pertinent information and asking for artist information including cost of the piece and requesting donation.
Be sure to send self addressed envelope with correct denomination of stamps for return of the work to either the originator or the collaborating artist.
CIRCLE is not asking for donations of art. Artwork may be priced by artists involved. CIRCLE will collect a 25% commission from sales of all works sold at the CIRCLE Fall Festival, 2010 to be held at Iroquois Springs, Rock Hill NY. In the case that the exhibit is moved to other venues with their own commission, CIRCLE will apply a sliding scale decreasing to a low of 10% on top of any other applicable commissions at new venues.
Money collected on the sale of a piece during the exhibition/installation will be sent to the originator of the piece unless CIRCLE is instructed otherwise.
Proposals will be made to move the installation onward to other venues for display.
All work must remain in the installation for the duration of the exhibit at the Fall festival and for the duration of any future venues.
It may be possible to arrange to remove a piece if the artist and/or buying patron chooses to do so between venues.The right to request that the piece remain with the installation for its display in other venues remains with the CIRCLE committee and will be decided on an individual basis.
CIRCLE reserves the right to remove or omit any work not seen as appropriate or not workable within the installation.CIRCLE reserves the right to pierce pin holes or very small drill holes in pieces or attach hanging apparatus as needed to accomplish the installation. All efforts will be made not to damage or change the intent or appearance of the artwork and to display all artwork done.
CIRCLE reserves the right to display the work in any arrangement it sees as best for the overall installation as a whole.
CIRCLE will create a catalogue of pieces and a postcard invitation. All efforts will be made to generate as much publicity as possible.CIRCLE reserves the right to use any piece submitted to the installation for publicity and advertising purposes.
CIRCLE will offer a reduced price of admission to the fall festival in 2010 to artists participating in the Snail Mail installation .