“Keep the Engines Running” by Carina Granlund (Petsmo, Finland)
September 27, 2015 - Carina Granlund sent me a mail art package with a Post-Pop theme, including the fantastic piece above. The work is approximately 5 X 7 inches and appears to be a decollage mounted on a litho or etching (remember I am not a visual artist).
I have offered recent commentary about how and why PopArt has endured in the Eternal Network, and I named Carina Granlund as one of my fave innovators. (I argued that the evolution of PopArt in the network, due to the influence of Ray Johnson, should be considered separately from the fate of Pop in the mainstream artworld.) A scan cannot convey the tremendous textures or overall high quality of this original piece by Carina. Nevertheless, here is a detail pic that hopefully reveals more:
Carina Granlund, as many networkers know, does FAB and highly original art using images from comics and vintage magazines and postcards. She has also achieved wonderful textures and tones in her work using various kinds of transfer processes. Here is the reverse side:
She also included a torn, altered book page. Ambiguous pieces such as this now seem obligatory in mailings by people involved in Trashpo:
Is it a finished work? A studio scrap that escaped the waste basket? Intended for use in a collaborative work? Some variant of add-and-pass?
I do not know, and I believe I had a minor role encouraging this practice, although similar inclusions go back to the old Fluxus and beyond. Usually, I keep pieces like this for archives and do not recycle them. Many artists, however, do recycle them. This mailing by Carina Granlund also contained mounted ATCs:
The reverse sides of the ATCs in their wrappers:
Here are the cards:
And the reverse:
Close-up of the trash stamp:
Many thanks to Carina Granlund!