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International Mail Art Submission

My finished mail art submission (pseudo-lobby card, a tongue & cheek promotion of http://wp.me/pj2vp-31d), includes a custom USPS stamp.

International Mail Art Show:
In Honor and Memory of
Judith A. Hoffberg

Armory Center for the Arts
Caldwell Gallery
Pasadena, CA
June 27– August 22, 2010

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(The following was written some months after this post appeared)

Before the opening of the Twitter/Art+Social Media exhibition at the Diane Farris Gallery in Vancouver, BC, Canada, I was contacted by one of the directors to say that one of my pieces (Iran’s Ahmadinejad Prepares for Avatar Premier, 2010), had been sold and that the gallery owner, Ms Farris was upset, as her eyes had been on the artwork. I was asked if I would be interested in making an edition of the artwork. I agreed, then never heard anything back from the gallery. Feeling a little flimflammed and manipulated over the request, I set out to produce a little piece of 8½ inspired cinema in the form of a series of gif animations to post before the exhibit completed its run. The poster above promotes the filmic homage and borrows from the poster artwork of the Reed Cowan and Steven Greenstreet directed film, 8: The Mormon Proposition. In April, I also produced this little promotional item that borrows from Disney’s Toy Story 3. In the end, it so turned out, there was no original buyer for the artwork. Ms Farris also asked if I might consider payment in the form of a ‘payment plan’. Months went by with my not hearing from the gallery. It just so happened that I found myself visiting Vancouver via San Francisco. I visited the space and there before me on a counter in the very quiet gallery’s back room lay the most exquisite little paint brush next to an unfired ceramic cat food bowl. Noticing my gaze and not missing a beat, the gallery director informed me that the bowl (awaiting Ms Farris’ artistic touch) was for a local pet charity auction. After my enquiry I was told that Ms Farris was no longer interested in purchasing the artwork and would I consider leaving my Ahmadinejad artwork for the upcoming gallery anniversary exhibition. I said it would be fine, provided the gallery brokered the shipping back to San Francisco. I needn’t print the response, except to say that I was so embarrassed for the business that all I could do was collect my artworks and get out of there fast.

International Mail Art Show; Pasadena, CA

My submission above, a pseudo-film promo, pre-postage and address label. http://wp.me/pj2vp-31d

International Mail Art Show:
In Honor and Memory of
Judith A. Hoffberg
June 27 – August 22
Submissions Due: June 4th
Opening: June 26, 7-9 PM
In The Caldwell Gallery

Judith A. Hoffberg (1934-2009) was an avid and active promoter of mail art and artists’ books. All work received by the June 4th deadline via snail mail or e-mail will be included in the exhibition. Click the link below for rules and submission guidelines: • Learn More

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Hyperallergic Labs Pick-up

Posted in Peter Combe Gif, trawling the net by petercombe on May 4, 2010

I got picked up by this excellent site out of New York. Thrilled to bits about it.

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L’edizione di 3

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Coming to a Theatre Near You

Posted in All is not as it seems., altered subtitles, Cinéma, souvenirs subversifs by petercombe on April 17, 2010

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8½, Altered Subtitles

Posted in altered subtitles, Art, Cinéma, I appropriate, Oscar by petercombe on February 8, 2010

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Commentary on James Cameron’s ‘Avatar‘ (2009) and ‘Nine‘ (2009), Rob Marshall’s bastardization of Federico’s semi-autobiographical film .

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Unrelated 8½ Homage here >

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