Italian Mail Artist Serse Luigetti recent contribution to this project presents a series of futuristic, scientific photomontages. The scans of his work don’t really do justice to his richly saturated printed images. Hi images have I think an underlying ripple of cold war sensitivity characterising the choice of images. Clouds could be innocent Cumulonimbus formations or sinister after efefcts of nuclear tests.
Very different from Ryosuke Cohen’s Brain Cell 906, a configuration and eclectic mix of mail artists’ signature styles, addresses, stamps and photo’s.
Otto Sherman‘s contemporary take on world leaders, celebrities, tyrants, dictators and public figures present an edgy discomfort with his play on idolisation, mocking and subverting the icons of today.
Mail Art in for January 2015 includes a re-worked piece of Mail Art sent to Pedro Bericat. The Mail Art was made and designed by one of the many visitors to Ouseburn Open Studios taking part in a drop-in session making Mail Art based on the Christmas Truce. Other Mail Art in for January 2015 is work by Elke Grundmann, new to the Trench Art & Mail Art project and presenting powerful images inspired by the work of antiwar veteran Ernst Friedrich. Elke Grundmann is very important for the postal art movement as a veteran postal artist, archivist and collector of works of some of the most important postal artists.
Elke Grundmann from Ernst Friedrich War Against War 1926
St Hilda’s Church, the parish church of The Headland, Hartlepool plays host to numerous Christmas Trees, each decorated by a community group, including young people from Throston Youth Club. Designs include screen printed envelopes containing first hand accounts from soldiers who took part in the Christmas Truce. Provided by the Martin Luther King Peace Committee, the text references the peace campaigns leading up to outbreak of war. The envelopes reference the letters wrote home to family and friends by the soldiers. A soldier from Gateshead, writing a letter on Christmas Day to a friend in Low Fell wrote:
“Last night the Germans lit up their trenches and started calling across merry Christmas. We responded in the same way and then we started singing songs to one another, carols etc. All shooting had stopped. We walked about the tops of the trenches and called out to one another. Then some of our chaps walked out and met some of the Germans half way, wishing each other a merry Christmas, shook hands and said they would not fight today.”
The hand made decorations designed by young people from Throston Youth Centre respond to these first hand accounts with printed Christmas gifts, symbolising the exchange of cigarettes and choclate between the so called enemy soldiers.
Contributions came from Swintha, Niclas, Madita, Maurice, Sarah and Amy, a group of young people working with Artist, Siobhan Tarr. This mail art, along with other Mail Art from international contributors will be on display as part of the Hartlepool Remembered: Legacies of the Bombardment event 11th December at Hartlepool College of Further Education. The event plans to be a packed day with readings, talks, poetry, performance and music throughout the day.