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Art project, on the wing

I rarely participate in traveling/mail art projects however, every once in a while, I jump in.

While traveling in February, I had a chance to visit with artist Bonnie Ruttan who had received a passport-sized book to create artwork in and then pass along. It was so compact and interesting. It had originated in Austria, then traveled to Ireland, and now was being passed around in the US. Eventually it will (hopefully) make its way back to Kevin Geronimo Brandtner who started the project.

Inside cover of the mail art project book.

Inside cover of the mail art project book.

Intrigued, I decided to participate. The pages were small and had some stamps already in place as a background. Most artists were giving a nod to the passport/travel theme in their collaged responses. One of the fun things about the package was that it included a small packet of business cards and paper ephemera from artists who had participated before me, along with earlier mailing envelopes with scars and stamps.

The starting spread…

The starting spread…

Here’s an image of what I started with and another of what my page spread looked like when completed.

My finished contribution to the project.

My finished contribution to the project.

I included a ticket from Denver’s light rail A-Train to the airport that features a squiggle of reflective holographic security foil, plus other imagery that related to the colors and design already on the page. A nice departure from my usual work in the studio and the book is now off to its next stop in New Mexico.

Fun!

Composed Landscape original collages

Composed Landscapes… five original collages by Janice McDonald in the IMA boardroom.

Here are some photos of the collages arranged on the end wall of the IMA boardroom. The room features a huge wood-slab conference table and views to Denver's Union Station along one side and the office interior on the other. It's an exciting place to have an office… the renaissance of Denver's transit system is coming to fruition right next door.These five original collages were scanned and digitally enlarged 900% to produce the floor to ceiling stairwell murals pictured in earlier posts. They are each 12" wide and of varying heights to account for the different floor to ceiling heights in the stairwell.I'm really thrilled that my collages are highlighted in this gorgeous space!View from elevator lobby across interior stair to glass-walled boardroom.

Lots of framing to do...

The assembly line!                    My next exhibition at Spark Gallery in Denver includes collages made from papers culled from each day's mail over a three-month period. So I have 70+ small works to frame in the next week or so.This is always the hardest part of preparing for a show: the detailed and tedious parts of signing, labeling, inventorying, matting, framing (cleaning glass)... I'd much rather be working on new collages, or the commission I have with looming deadline! Ah, well, I'm getting there with the help of a neighborhood teenager's assistance and the knowledge that it'll all be worth it when it's up on the wall. The opening reception is on Friday, October 25th from 6-9pm. Save the date!