Exhibition — The Postcard is a Public Work of Art

Molly Rooke · Realistic Expectation (1), (2) & (3) [2013] · Set of three collaged postcards

Molly Rooke · Real­ist­ic Expect­a­tion (1), (2) & (3) [2013]

You are invited to the exhib­i­tion The Post­card is a Pub­lic Work of Art open­ing on Janu­ary 23rd, 2014 at X Marks the Bök­ship in Lon­don…

Simon Cutts & David Bellingham [1996]

Simon Cutts & Dav­id Belling­ham [1996]

‘The Post­card is a Pub­lic Work of Art’ is an exhib­i­tion of post­cards by sixty artists based in Bri­tain. Cur­ated and cata­logued by Jeremy Cooper.

Post­cards by: Åbäke, Dav­id Belling­ham, John Bevis, George Blair, Dav­id Blamey, James Brooks, Lewis Chap­lin, Ruth Clax­ton, Julie Cock­burn, Patrick Coyle, Simon Cutts, Leo Dav­ey, Tim Dav­ies, Arnaud Des­jardin, Kar­en Di Franco, Daniel Eatock, Ruth Ewan and Dan Grif­fiths, Jacky Flem­ing, Ryan Gander, Cristina Gar­rido, Paul Green­leaf, Mark Har­field, Gab­ri­el Hartley, Juliet Haysom, Tony Hay­ward, Tim Head, Susan Hiller, Geor­gie Hop­ton, Dean Hughes, Jun­eau Pro­jects, Peter Kennard and Cat Phil­lips, Alan Kit­ch­ing, Shar­on Kiv­land, Helen Knight, Michael Leigh, Rebecca Loweth, Sara MacK­il­lop, Eliza­beth Magill, Imi Maufe, Hans­jörg May­er, Eliza­beth McAlpine, Ingrid Ber­thon-Moine, Jonath­an Monk, Paul Mor­ton, Andy Park­er, Mark Pawson, Geor­gina Poti­er, Ruth Proc­tor, Frances Richard­son, Robert Richard­son, Molly Rooke, Colin Sack­ett, Sarah Staton, Holly Steven­son, Peter Syl­veire, Erica Van Horn, Nick Wad­ley, Stu­art Whipps, Anwyl Cooper-Wil­lis, Duncan Wooldridge

The pur­pose of an artist’s a post­card is to express an idea, aes­thet­ic and intel­lec­tu­al, spe­cific­ally and exclus­ively in the form of a post­card, that could be actu­ally postable, even when made of wood, or bone, or steel. The exhib­its are not merely post­card-sized paint­ings, but instead they engage indi­vidu­ally with the form and pur­pose of the post­card. The exhibition’s title ‘The Post­card is a Pub­lic Work of Art’ is taken, with the approv­al of both artists, from a post­card of 1996 designed by Simon Cutts and prin­ted by Dav­id Belling­ham at his Glas­gow imprint WAX366.

To accom­pany the exhib­i­tion we are pro­du­cing a pub­lic­a­tion of a post­card cata­logue, drawn from Hans Ulrich Obrist’s break­away cata­logues Hotel Carlton Palace Chambre 763 in Par­is in 1993 and Take Me (I’m Yours) at the Ser­pent­ine Gal­lery in Lon­don in 1995. This form was itself inspired by the work of Lucy Lip­pard in the 1970s. Our post­cards-of-the-post­cards are an exten­sion of this idea.”
 — X Marks the Bök­ship

X Marks the Bök­ship
Unit 3, 210 Cam­bridge Heath Road
Lon­don E2 9NQ

From Janu­ary 23rd to March 1st, 2014
open from Thursday to Sat­urday, from 11am to  6pm
Pre­view: Janu­ary 23rd, 2014 from 6.30 to 8.30pm
Artists Post­card Work­shop: Sat­urday, Feb­ru­ary 8th, from 3 to 5pm