Mail art by David Stafford (Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA)
This great piece by reigning mail art satirist David Stafford graces our humble page today. The visual image on the front of this conventional, postcard-size work is bound to please. The reverse side offers commentary on the contemporary artworld/market:
Mail art is extremely diverse and individualistic. However, we venture to propose here that a general tendency we see in the current network is toward sincerity and even seriousness. Irony is not prevalent let alone barbed political or cultural commentary. This situation contributes to David Stafford’s seeming monopolization of a niche that clearly has widespread appeal. His facility with both words and images further solidifies. We can only stand back and marvel at the evolution of his work.
As ever, many thanks to David Stafford!