[Updated 14 July 2018]
As a starving artist and wanna-be art collector, who also harbors severe kitsch sympathies, I propose the following alternative for those who are poor, like me, and can’t afford a $10,000 work of art (or who don’t live near a major art gallery or museum):
A POSTCARD ART GALLERY
Imagine being the curator of your very own art gallery, a micro-gallery in a three ring binder! For $2 or $3, you can buy an exciting image or photograph, maybe some vintage advert or a micro-version of a famous painting (perhaps with a mustache painted on it…) and add it to your REAL WORLD, physical gallery! Seriously, postcards are great (and fun to make, if you’re into the whole HANDMADE scene!) I’ve owned postcards by Shag and early Disney concept art from the Haunted Mansion and oddity and freak-show cards for things like Jake the Alligator Man and Bigfoot. I love that stuff, and I would love to get my hands on more interesting and humorous postcards with weird art and photography on them…
In the meantime, I’ll post links to some of the postcards that I have available for all you peeps to look at (and maybe drop a couple of bucks on). Sound like fun!?!?! It does to me… And we haven’t even STARTED talking about the part where you can MAIL these things to other people and give them a surprise! (I love postal art.) You better buy two copies—one to keep and one to send to your good friend, who you haven’t seen in a long time. Remember him/her? They miss you, and a funny little card with half a buck postage stuck to it is a great way to keep in touch!
Alright, that’s my pitch. Postcards are cool, and kind of forgotten in our digital age, but I still stand by physical objects over digital ephemera any day!
Here are just a FEW examples of the exciting paper products you can find at my Artist Store!!! (For postcards, go to “stationary,” then click “greeting cards,” and then click the drop down menu that says “size,” and 4″ x 6″ postcard will be one of the options!!!)
—Richard F. Yates
(Primitive Thoughtician and Supreme Bunny Lord of The P.E.W.)
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