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Charts of the Universe Culminates After 33 Years

Just completed Charts of the Universe 2020, a collage booklet in an edition of 36. Each one features an original collage, as seen above, with the following image recipe: a wildlife image, a cultural image, Jesus and a redemptive butterfly, a connective ribbon and two different brackets.I have been creating and sending correspondence art since discovering Ray Johnson and his show of mail art at the downtown NC Museum of Art in 1976. Ray responded to the zine I sent him and I was hooked for life.

This series, as with most, including a similar project entitled Science and Truth published soon after the Trump election, looks for resonances between art and science, between data-based visuals and visual aesthetics, locating surprising beauty in graphic information. The current project wraps up the Charts project for me, which began as an installation of assemblages at The Paper Plant bookstore which was accompanied by a chapbook of Chart images. Images of the chapbook are below.

The show of assemblages included over a dozen works, some designed for individual people and a few general ones. Like the final booklet I just mailed, the project was dedicated to Clyde Smith, who took me to that life-changing Ray Johnson show, and Richard C, the curator of that show, who became a friend and correspondent who still sends me his wry and quirky postcards.

Though I will continue to Chart in personal correspondences, this booklet marks the completion of the project and its group pieces. Send me your snail mail and I will add you to my mailing list. You will probably get a Ray J Jumps In, a memorial project that I hope will never end. Cheers to mail art!

Project Updates

John Diamond-Nigh’s blog post featuring Charts 2020

        photo by Ginny Webb

                  photo by Tom Patterson

                   photo by Alan Bowling

 

March 18, 2020 - Posted by | art, mail art | , ,

2 Comments »

  1. Hi John,

    This is amazing! Any chance I could purchase two copies for Fruitlands Museum?

    Thanks, Shana

    Shana Dumont Garr Curator, Fruitlands Museum

    The Trustees 102 Prospect Hill Rd | Harvard, MA 01451 sgarr@thetrustees.org | 978.322.4595 (office) | 978.998.2443 (cell) ________________________________

    Comment by Shana Dumont Garr | March 18, 2020

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