The Postcard is a Public Work of Art

Mailable works of art by 60 Britain-based artists on show in London

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No matter where you go in the world, you will, no doubt, have the opportunity to pick up a postcard to commemorate the place and time. Taking the novel piece of rectangle card and transforming it into a canvas with near infinite potential, 60 Britain-based artists have created an equal number of post-able works to be shown as part of “The Postcard is a Public Work of Art,” a new exhibit opening in two weeks at London’s X Marks the Bökship gallery. Meant to express an idea and engage with the form and purpose of a postcard, the exhibit’s varied pieces range from disfigured portraits and obstructed landmarks to abstract collages and clever word workings, each allowing the viewer an opportunity to see the world through another’s perspective.

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In addition to the exhibit, a boxed-postcard catalog of the artists’ works has been produced, drawing from Hans Ulrich Obrist’s breakaway catalogs “Hotel Carlton Palace Chambre 763” in Paris in 1993 and “Take Me (I’m Yours)” at the Serpentine Gallery in London in 1995. “The Postcard is a Public Work of Art” opens 23 January and runs through 1 March 2014 at X Marks the Bökship; for more information on the exhibit visit the gallery’s website, and see the slideshow for a peek at a selection of works to be included.

Postcards by Molly Rooke, Peter Kennard and Cat Philips and Ruth Claxton