Sunday, October 4, 2009

Otis College of Art And Design [31]

Artist Mara Thompson takes A Book About Death to Los Angeles this month with an interactive re-make of A Book About Death, at The Otis College of Art and Design. The ongoing exhibition opens on October 11 and runs through October 31 (or until all the post cards have been taken).

A large shipment of nearly 50 of each of the artists works was sent and delivered to the Otis School of Art and Design, a project spearheaded by Mara Thompson.  These works will be featured in an exhibition at the art and design school, and students and others in the Los Angeles area will be invited to attend and collect the works.

Mara's initiative is the most ambitious thus far to restage the exhibition and engender interaction. Otis is one of the country's top art and design schools and is highly regarded for its innovative program, faculty and most important, its students. Otis students and others are encouraged to comment here about about the exhibition at their college.

Download the press release for the Otis Show.

The exhibition was exported to Los Angeles thanks to long time friend Mark Saltzman, an executive with a Teacher's Training concern.  He gathered up about 50 cards from each artist, packed them into seven boxes.  Christian Xatrec, director of the Emily Harvey Foundation New York, then sent them via FEDEX to Otis. Mara writes: "Yesterday five boxes arrived... today two more... I began unpacking and sorting last night and will continue on until the end of the week."

It's the exhibition that keeps on giving. Artists have taken the show on the road and  put it into the world. It's unlike any other art exhibition in that all the nearly 250,000 works were freely given  away. Of course, the content is unique, the edition of the entire book is limited to 500 complete copies. Indeed, this is a bit of mail art play very much in line with the late artist who inspired the name of the project, Ray Johnson. It's great to put a little Ray in LA.

"I've sent out a few press releases and contemplating with other artist minds how best to display the postcards," says Mara. "I'll most definitely send a packet to the LACMA Research Library.  All the posters are printed and we will mount the Ray Johnson series of images (via Bill Wilson) for A Book About Death to display as well – and of course one each of the cards as was done in New York City."

Students will slowly catch on to this exhibition and participate but, Mara notes that she's letting "the viral nature of the project infiltrate to certain key individuals, low key with high aspirations." For information about the exhibition contact Mara Thompson [mthompson at] or Matthew Rose [ at].

Otis College of Art and Design, Galef Center, 1st floor, 9045 Lincoln Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045.


The Politics of Shoes said...

Thanks so much Mara! This is truly wonderful of you!

Jane Wang #414

Benude Media said...

This is fabulous! My art #323 is in! Do one thing a day that scares you...benude!

Betty Esperanza
Montreal, Quebec. Canada

hellophotokitty said...

Oh I'm simply overjoyed! I'm entry 400!
This project has been my fingers to touch others who have gone through or are going through or who know people who are going through bipolar episodes. Death is a scary thing, and every perspective that can be explored and shared is a good thing.

Evabrunner said...

This is fabulous, Mara! I'll be there is spirit. Greetings from Berlin, Germany, Eva

Ria Vanden Eynde said...

Fantastic Mara!!! How exciting!!! Congrats to "The"(A)Book About Death! It's alive&kicking! ;) Ria #6.

Peter Dowker said...

Bravo Mara!

mythmara said...

Today- Saturday, October 10th the Otis College of Art and Design, LA, CA version of "A Book About Death" was installed (Alexandra Cantle and Biliana Padilla Maltos assisted me). Digital images will be sent to Matthew Rose within the next four days or so... for posting... xx to Ray Johnson and all. As Always, MT

mythmara said...

I meant to type Bibiana Padilla Maltos... forgive me girlfriend.

AgaSilva said...

The Internet is a wondrous invention indeed.
Big Thank You for your help, time and support on the project
Greetings from Europe
(entry 314)