Molly Rooke – Realistic Expectation 2 (2013)
Now that we’ve all gone digital, buying postcards and stamps to stick on them is a lost part of our heritage. No more do we write “Wish you were here” on the reverse of a photo of where we were a week or three before the postman pops it through the letter box of the recipients(s). It’s all instant messaging now and the messages are somewhat different: “Glad you’re not here. LOL.”
Postcards were physical; hand written, handled en route across land- and sea-scapes, they were valued. Back in 1988 in Yogyakarta, Son No.1 and I observed how much this meant.
There’s a German couple here who were here when we first arrived. Apart from visits to the mandi for laundry and the other usual purposes, all we’ve seen them do is write – letters, postcards and, we presume, in reply to received missives. So when do they gain the experiences to commit to paper?
Somewhere in Jakartass Towers Redux, I’ve got 100 or so postcards, some received, and some not sent because I liked the images. A few I used to inspire landscape paintings which now hang around the walls of my mansion.
Jak Artass – Rice Farmer (c. 2003)
Another approach is that taken by Molly Rooke (top image) and 59 other artists who’ve adopted a DIY approach to postcards. Their work can be viewed in London for another week at X Marks the Bökship.
But if like me, you can’t make it, why don’t you stitch your own?
The Postcard is a Public Work of Art
Exhibition of artists’ postcards
X Marks the Bökship
Unit 3, 210 Cambridge Heath Road
London E2 9NQ
Until 1 March 2014