Conceptual Mail Art Projects


Conceptual Mail Art Projects

This is a place for listing mail art project ideas – however impossible, theoretical or incomplete they might be. Think of it as an archive or a dumping ground for projects that haven’t yet or cannot, practically speaking, be realised. Think of it also as a bank of ideas that may inspire  other mail artists. 

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Me Mail Art

Started by John Gayer. Last reply by Carolyn Cline Feb 24, 2018. 3 Replies

It seems - before mail artists played with/challenged the world's postal systems - there was W. Reginald Bray (1879-1939). An accountant, Bray took the British postal service to task and posted all…Continue

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Comment by John Gayer on September 14, 2021 at 10:25

Night & Day: postcard-sized slices of the sky

Comment by John Gayer on April 15, 2021 at 13:47

Comment by John Gayer on March 25, 2021 at 10:28

In advance of the archive

Comment by Ilya Semenenko-Basin on December 16, 2020 at 21:30
Thanks John Gayer.

Comment by John Gayer on November 13, 2020 at 9:39

Comment by John Gayer on November 10, 2020 at 9:55

Comment by Mary Anne on August 11, 2019 at 12:58

I found this on the internet.  It is dated 1969 but I am thinking it would make a good project if people printed out copies, filled them in and posted them back.  Maybe they would even get sent on to the lady herself at her mansion in cloud-cuckoo-land.

Comment by John Gayer on August 11, 2019 at 8:05

Re CABINET: What a nice idea!

Comment by Mary Anne on August 10, 2019 at 15:28


For a long time now I have had an idea for an imaginary cabinet of curiosities

A photograph of one of the early Surrealist exhibitions shows a large cabinet full of objects: found things, made-up things, all sorts from Duchamp to tribal art.

There is also a rather odd film called 'The Omega Man'.  I won't go into the plot (Look the film up for a fun hour or so but beware the re-make!) but in it, Charlton Heston lives in a fortified penthouse suite believing that he is the last man on earth (!).  He has filled his flat with artwork 'borrowed' from the galleries: Van Gogh and all sorts; things he could never have owned under normal circumstances.

My project - or game if you will - is to imagine your own cabinet.  Any size and in any sort of room.  Once imagine, fill it with any number of things.  Whatever you consider worth the keeping.  Then document it by a list of contents, a drawing, collage or photograph.

Send the completed documentation to any, or all, museums or art galleries; as a suggestion for a possible exhibition.

What fun!

Comment by John Gayer on July 28, 2019 at 21:55


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