I now run a gallery! It's in a PO box in the Rockaways 📮 new exhibition opens every Friday and tomorrow is the official launch. Everything you need to know below: Announcing the launch of Riitta Ikonen’s PO Box Gallery, a parallel program of an upcoming exhibition, “Lightning Whelk”! Starting tomorrow, Friday, May 25, we invite you to discover the latest mail art by Riitta Ikonen, installed inside PO BOX 930552 at the Rockaway Beach postal office. Over the course of a year, each Friday until May 31, 2019, a new card will be made accessible during the post office’s open hours—just collect the key from the telephone pole on the corner of 91st and Rockaway Beach Boulevard, right next to the post office (please see documentation for reference), and unlock to find the object within. After viewing the object, please lock the mailbox and return the key to where you found it.
Ikonen began sending mail art in 2003 when Margaret Huber, then a second-year illustration tutor at the University of Brighton, UK, asked her graduate students to send her one postcard per week as a document of their experiences. Over the past 15 years, Ikonen has sent Huber over 300 “postcards” constructed from a wide range of materials including hair, fish, a piece of broken record, and mossy bark, with only some twelve cards never reaching their destination. Ikonen often finds her materials on the sidewalks and the beach near her Rockaway home, matter that becomes an ongoing visual diary referencing the specifics of her time and location. In this latest iteration, the viewer will be the first to see the postcards before they are sent out from the postal office. @yuliatopchiy @tessthackara #rockaways #mailart @postimuseo #postcard #pobox #key #telephonepole #friday #margarethuber @viscom_brighton