Sunday, September 6, 2020

"Send Me a Postcard, Darling" (Front and Back)

Pencil, pen, crayon, lipstick, postage stamp, glue, torn page from religious tract and note from Reverend Don Spitz on torn cardboard, 5 x 7 inches, Saturday, September 5th, 2020, Cathedral Hill, San Francisco.



  1. A letter is more formal than a postcard. A postcard is more formal than a post-it note.
    Two imaginary and one real element combine to preserve uncertainty in reading this work.
    One, the religious view of the sender.
    Two, the interpretation made by the TAN publisher recipient.
    Three, the corporeal substance of the piece.
    The primitive execution of the work does not restrict the depth of interpretation.
    The post-it note from Rev Don Spitz writes it's own chapter. Does Spitz concur with the message of praise? Was his original message subverted by placing the note in this foreign context? Should we recognize the artist's handwriting and wonder if indeed Rev Spitz stated this at all? Was it something once said aloud that now, fixed in memory, finds a needed expression?
    Does the crudeness of the postcard seek to simulate the impoverished state of the sender? Impoverished in what way? Is it about humility? Is it about insult? Does it force the recipient to say, "It's the thought that counts."?
    Is the recipient challenged to understand everything the piece presents? Is the recipient forced to see the message in context of the publication business?
    Ultimately, does the message throw the concept of religion to the four winds? Or does it somehow affirm the place of religion regardless of blasphemy?

    1. Well now THAT is a lot to ponder, Fine Sir.