"Artworks are the virtual traces of a ceaseless process of becoming." -- Henri Focillon

"THESE HANDS" call for entries

"THESE HANDS" call for entries
Click photo to view details of newest CHRISTINE TARANTINO project.

FLUX-USA welcomes visitors from over 40 countries daily. Artists, curators, and other arts leaders who wish to contribute to this blog, please contact me. tarantinochristine@yahoo.com


September 2012

Christine A. Tarantino - Hjuler BROTKATZE collaborations on exhibit at FzKKe Gallery, Germany, Sept. 1 - 30, 2012. http://fluxusa.blogspot.com/2012/09/brotkatzen-exhibit-opens-sept-1.html

With the Blood of a Daylily - Poems & Drawings by the Homeless Poet by Christine A. Tarantino, published by Words of Light:

THESE HANDS PRAY FOR GERONIMO, a visual poem of American Indians, by Christine A. Tarantino, published by Words of Light:

Christine A. Tarantino's ECDYSIS, snake skin artist book exhibited with 99 other book artists in Italy, curated by Maddalena Castegnaro. http://fluxusa.blogspot.com/2012/09/mirabilibrimostra-internazionale-di.html

Christine A. Tarantino, Sign and Language Group Exhibit, Open Stal, The Netherlands.

Christine A. Tarantino series of 40,"Being Human" published by Redfoxpress, Assembling Box #20, Ireland.

RED LIPS - What is Your Version for Me? by Christine Tarantino is published by Words of Light now available in print or eBook formats. New version includes ALL 42 artists from 13 countries plus additional text and images by Christine Tarantino.

August internet art exhibit @ CHRISTINE TARANTINO COLLECTION features artist STEVE RANDOM. http://christinetarantinocollection.blogspot.com/2012/08/steve-random-usa.html

WORDS OF LIGHT BOOKS, Art Publications By Contemporary Artists, new blog offering various format books published by Christine A. Tarantino. www.wordsoflightbooks.blogspot.com

Christine A. Tarantino/Words of Light publishes THE SKY EMBRACES THE GREAT WORLD by Walter Festuccia. http://www.lulu.com/shop/walter-festuccia/the-sky-embraces-the-great-world/paperback/product-20294750.html

Christine Tarantino, "Instant Person 1 & 2", self-portraits with Polaroid Camera for POLAROID MADNESS, project of Franticham, Ireland. On-line exhibit and exhibition Kassel, Germany during the DOCUMENTA 2012.http://wordsoflightart.blogspot.com/2012/02/no-426-instant-person-1-2.html
Exhibition "INSTANT PEOPLE"250 polaroid self-portraits by 175 artists from 22 countries.11.– 23. Juli 2012 Zur Eröffnung der Ausstellung am Mittwoch, dem 11. Juli 2012 ab 19 Uhr möchten wir Sie und Ihre Freunde herzlich in denKasseler KunstvereinWerner-Hilpert-Straße 2334117 Kassel, einladen.

Christine A. TARANTINO, "Ecdysis" artist book exhibited at Villa Excelsa, Sannicola, Italia. Curator, Maddalena Castegnaro
Opening night: http://fluxusa.blogspot.com/2012/07/naturalia-animalia-artist-book-exhibit.html

July internet art exhibit @ Christine Tarantino Collection features Anna Banana, Darlene Altschul, & John Mountain.

"THESE HANDS" call for entries, newest project from Christine TARANTINO.

June internet art exhibit @ Christine Tarantino Collection features Antoni Miró.

"Fear No NewNew Art" artist book published by Redfoxpress, Assembling Box #19, Ireland.

"E-mail Between the Artist & Her Lover" artist book exhibited Villa Giulia, Italia. Curator Marisa Cortese.

"WHO AM I?" artist book exhibited Mostra Internazionale, Italia. Curator Virginia Milici.

"RED LIPS of Christine Tarantino", art booklet by Bruno Chiarlone published in Italy. http://fluxusa.blogspot.com/2012/05/red-lips-of-christine-tarantino-by.html

May internet art exhibit @ CHRISTINE TARANTINO COLLECTION features artist RYOSUKE COHEN.

Christine TARANTINO, "RED LIPS FOR DALAI LAMA" exhibition @ INviso, Padiglione TIBET, Associazione
Sal Viana frazione Saliana Pianello del Lario (CO)curated by Ruggero Maggi. http://fluxusa.blogspot.com/2012/04/inviso-padiglione-tibet-cura-di-ruggero.html

April internet art exhibit @ CHRISTINE TARANTINO COLLECTION features artists Daniel C. Boyer and Richard Canard. http://christinetarantinocollection.blogspot.com/2012/04/daniel-c-boyer-richard-canard.html

Christine Tarantino, "NEWNEW ART Mono-Prints" published in
"Franticham's Fluxus Assembling Box Nr 18", Redfoxpress, IRELAND.

DODODADIANI featured this month in internet art exhibit at
Christine Tarantino Collection. Dododadiani internet art exhibit.

RED LIPS Project: What is your version for me? Send to:
tarantinochristine@yahoo.com or RED LIPS, Box 121, Wendell, MA 01379 USA
"Sometimes I need red apple. Sometimes I need red
Nam June Paik
Your RED LIPS art modification will yield online documentation, mailed
documentation, and potential publication. Please include a mailing address with
your submission.

Christine Tarantino, "Better Together: Harmony; Radiance; Consciousness; Evolution",
International Mother Language Day Art Exhibit, Kathmandu, NEPAL, by invitation of Rafique Sulayman, Curator.

Christine Tarantino, "Flux-USA Gallery of Stars with Lucy Chew Intervention" http://wordsoflightart.blogspot.com/2011/12/no-403-flux-usa-galaxy.html
exhibited in Group Show: Fluxfest Chicago 2012 (Chicago, USA) FROM THE ARCHIVE Mailart and Fluxus from the archives of Fluxus/St. Louis. Opening reception Chicago Art Institute, Joan Flasch Library.

February online art exhibits from 'The Christine Tarantino Collection' features Belgian artists Guido Vermeulen and Gerson Wenglinski. http://christinetarantinocollection.blogspot.com/2012/01/guido-vermeulen-and-gerson-wenglinski.html

Christine Tarantino, "RED-BERRY Series" published in "Franticham's Fluxus Assembling Box Nr 17", Redfoxpress, IRELAND.
http://wordsoflightart.blogspot.com/2011/05/no-377-red-berry-stained-series.html http://www.redfoxpress.com/ass.box17.html

FAX Exhibit, The DeVos Art Museum, Michigan, USA, curated by Ribas; organized by The Drawing Center and ICI, NYC. TARANTINO "I of the EYE-FAX", asemic writing series: http://wordsoflightart.blogspot.com/2012/01/no-416-i-of-eye-fax.html

Wooden Postcard Exhibit, Stehekin Post Office, Stehekin, Washington, USA. Work by Christine Tarantino: http://christinetarantino.blogspot.com/2012/01/outgoing-wooden-postcards-mail-art.html

Christine Tarantino, "PhotoBooth" work published in new book, "Photobooth Performances" by Ginny Lloyd.

Christine Tarantino, Mail Art and Video Performance at Galleriea Terre Rare, Bologna, Italy, January 28 - February 8, 2012. Project of Maurizio Follin, Italia. http://fluxusa.blogspot.com/2012/01/no-commercial-potential-phaze-ii-show.html

Christine Tarantino, RED LIPS for Dalai Lama, collage exhibited at Venice Biennial Tibet Pavilion – Palazzo delle Esposizioni Sala Nervi - Torino, project of Ruggero Maggi, Milan, Italy.

Christine Tarantino exhibited at Foundation IK New Year Celebration Exhibit "I WISH", The Netherlands, by invitation of Ko de Jonge.

The Christine Tarantino Collection, newest Christine Tarantino art blog started on January 1, 2012. Showcasing selected works from my 20 year collection of works on paper from artists around the globe.

Christine Tarantino-Hjuler BROTKATZE Collaboration exhibited at GALERIE "Offenes Atelier D.U. Design", Austria, Barbara Rapp, Curator.


"GREEN SEEN Mail Art" December 21 - March 21, 2010, Wendell Free Library, Wendell, Massachusetts

Christine Tarantino, GREEN SEEN Mail Art Curator

Rosie Heidkamp, Wendell Free Library Director

Imagine Peace, Yoko Ono

GREEN SEEN, M. Adrian Montagano installation, Herrick Room, Wendell Free Library

Above are a few photos from Mikihiko Hori's report, and below is most of his report. To view additional photos, please click the link to his flicker account link below.

"A group art show, "GREEN SEEN Mail Art", curated by Christine Tarantino and Richard Baldwin, was held at a small local library, Wendell Free Library in Wendell, Massachusetts, from December 21st, 2009 to March 21st, 2010. The essence of the show, "GREEN SEEN Mail Art" was to present a collage of designed postcards, which were submitted by people from various countries. The postcards, which added up to more than 250 pieces from 18 countries, were send to Wendell Free Library in response to the curators' request to submit original postcards for the display.

Wendell Free Library, located at 7 Wendell Depot Rd, Wendell, MA, is a small, local-community based library. Other than the regular spaces for reading and bookshelves, the library also has two major areas inside; namely, the Herrick Room, which is especially designed for meetings, workshops, classes, etc., and the Childrens Room, which is, of course, for children and is filled with toys and learning tools for kids. Outside the library, there is a playground as well, so that kids can play with the library's equipment such as swing-sets, a slide, a merry-go-round and so on.

The "GREEN SEEN Mail Art" show was conducted in one area inside the library. Two-hundred-fifty unique postcards, which were sent for the show from all over the world, were all presented and attached one after another in a crowded fashion onto a black fabric, hanging from the ceiling.

Moreover, on the floor, a tin trash can had been placed. On its surface, the word, "RECYCLE"
and the triangle-shaped recycling symbol, had been painted in green, graffiti fashion. The above-mentioned black fabric which was hanging from the ceiling, goes down towards the trash can. Therefore, the whole presentation -- a trash can, black fabric and postcards attached to the fabric -- gives the impression that all these postcards are growing out of a trash can like a tree and, hence, the postcards looked like leaves on a tree. In addition, probably due to the fact that the overwhelming number of postcards were sent to the library, more than originally expected, there was no room left to post more postcards on the fabric. Therefore, some of the postcards were placed around and at the bottom of the trash can. The postcards on the floor looked like leaves falling from a tree.

Some of the postcards were a collage themselves, made out of clippings from a magazine and papers, and some were made with original drawings and paintings, accompanied with little comments or sentences. From a distance, the two-hundred-fifty postcards also looked like a bunch of messages written on pieces of paper which were hung on a clip board. With all these postcards, it seemed like all major holidays like Christmas, Thanksgiving and birthday, came all at once.

Among the two-hundred-fifty postcards, it was not difficult to pick out a postcard which was sent for the show by Yoko Ono. Yoko's original postcard simply said, "IMAGINE PEACE yoko ono", black letters on a white background, along with her autograph, "love, Yoko".

Ms. Christine Tarantino, the curator of the show, said that she sent an invitation to Yoko's studio, asking for her contribution to the show. Sure 'nough, Yoko responded to Ms. Tarantino's request, and sent her "IMAGINE PEACE" postcard.

The format of Mail Art is now being re-valued and recognized as one medium for artists to present their works. Similar to the way Japanese Manga 漫画 art has been treated for a long time, Mail Art appears to not have been granted enough recognition and respect in the art world. However, again, Yoko is a pioneer in this field as well, and she launched her "Mail Art", back in the sixties. For instance, with "DRAW CIRCLE CARD" ('64 - '65), Yoko asked anonymous participants to send a postcard back to Yoko after having drawn their own original "circle" on it. Furthermore, with the event, "Yoko Ono's 13 Days Do-It-Yourself Dance Festival" ('67) in London, thirteen postcards, with Yoko's original drawings and instructions printed on them, were sent to participants. Art does not necessarily exist only with a format of canvas, nor in a museum or gallery. Before the modern Internet days, for starving artists, postcards must have been the cheapest but most suitable method and tool to allow their art to circulate faster.

Again, according to Ms. Tarantino, Yoko's "IMAGINE PEACE" postcard, which was posted among other postcards, was not the original she received. It was a "replica", which was color-photocopied from the original for fear of being stolen during the display. However, on March 20th, '10, one day before the "GREEN SEEN Mail Art" show was over, Ms. Tarantino brought Yoko's original "IMAGINE PEACE" postcard with her and posed with it for the camera. After having planted a tiny seed, Ms. Tarantino looked very happy to see how big the project turned out.

At the same time, on March 20th, '10, Yoko's original "IMAGINE PEACE" postcard was displayed in a frame on a table, right in front of the two-hundred-fifty postcards. Although this was not a solo Yoko show, with its presentation, it looked like Yoko gave an instruction, simply saying "IMAGINE PEACE", and then the outcome followed with the receipt of countless postcards from all over the world, as if the participants had "imagined" and had their own visions. Yes, we all have the power to materialize what we can imagine.

After the show at Wendell Free Library, "GREEN SEEN Mail Art" traveled to another venue, which is Baystate Franklin Medical Center, 164 High Street, Greenfield, MA. The Greenfield show started on April 1st and runs to May 17th, 2010. A random selection of 100 mail art pieces, including Yoko's "IMAGINE PEACE", are now framed and displayed in the chemotherapy treatment corridor inside the Medical Center.

Imagine no disease, 'cuz we don't need it. Imagine peace, 'cuz we need it."

Mikihiko Hori

You can see my [additional] photos of ""GREEN SEEN Mail Art" December 21 - March 21, 2010, Wendell Free Library, Wendell, Massachusetts", taken on March 20th, 2010, in my Flickr account at the URLs below:


(Slide Show)


("Wendell Free Library" website)

("Wendell Photo Gallery - Library GREEN SEEN Mail Art")

("Yoko Ono's postcard to Wendell: Mail art overflows at Wendell library")

("1.4.10 GREEN SEEN update, April 1st")


liketelevisionsnow said...

excellent article

Caio Fernandes said...

wow ! the tird photo is so cool !!