I’m taking part in an event called Invisible City in Schiedam, NL in August, and coincidentally came across Italo Calvino’s book Invisible Cities. Connections abound, as several of the chapters are titled ‘Trading Cities’, a similar title to the next project (Trading Station) to be undertaken by POST.
As connections have recently been appearing to me from all directions, the chapter in Calvino’s book about the city of Ersilia struck a chord; also it’s visual description of the connections between people felt like a description of a drawing.
Here is the text in full:
In response to this I’ve decided to set up my own international postal exhibition project that highlights my links to places that I visit and the artists, curators and galleries that I have worked with in the past, or would like to work with in the future, creating my own Ersilia. I’m not going to write where and who I send them to, you’ll have to wait until air mail comes through your letterbox, however, I do plan to create a map of where I send them to and from as a record of my travels and activity.
I’ve started this project off during my recent trip to Portugal, where I have continued to play with the concept of ‘tearing space apart’, but was also distracted by the fabulous patterned pavements using black and white cobbles. Here are the 5 works I produced, three of which are in transit right now (2 were too large for an envelope and I wasn’t as fond of them)