Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Something to ponder while disclexington goes on vacation

Chicago disciples of Ray Johnson, or just plain people who like to send art as mail, have something to look forward to the last weekend of April. The Birdhouse Museum holds its fourth Artwork on Cardboard Exhibit, which this year is entitled April Love 2006.

Many past participants are present again including the Chicago co-hosts Allan Pocius, John Salhus and Carl Virgo. Other past contributors back again this year include Bob Taylor, Duk Ju L. Kim, Lisa Yu, Jacob Smith, Steven Stankowitz and Daniel Mejia. I'm looking forward to a couple of newcomers - Tricia Moreau Sweeney and Viv E.

The Birdhouse Museum Artwork on Cardboard events are inspired by the Correspondence Art movement however mailing the art is no longer a Birdhouse requirement. This has allowed the artists to go 3D like last year's Time Bombs which are functioning analog clocks (it also allows the artists procrastination time so watch out for wet paint). Nevertheless some of the art will actually be mailed to the gallery. John Salhus mailed his pieces from Paris.

Over 25 artists will present at this year's show which is a Birdhouse record. Considering that each artist is required to bring 13 6"x8" pieces that's a lot of art to look at. With so much work every armchair art critic is sure to find something interesting.

Bring a little cash because this is affordable art that's worth hanging and many of these artists are going places. You don't really need the cash since the art remains on the wall until after the show - you can reserve pieces you like.

I was honored to participate last year with the first "animated" entry and my first visual art show. I even sold a few pieces - what a feeling! Traded a few more and bought several so we have enough cardboard art to fill an entire room including pieces from Houston's Keith Reynolds and posters by Keith Herzik and Kathleen Judge. It's incredible how much cardboard art is out there once you are aware.

My "animated" piece from last year is on the churchbus audio/video page ("Manny"). Speaking of churchbus, for the third year in a row churchbus will close out the Cardboard Artwork Exhibit Saturday April 29th with Hotel Brotherhood.

The Birdhouse Museum Annual Artwork on Cardboard Exhibit
April 28 & 29th
3143-45 S. Morgan St Chicago, IL


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