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Selections from the Image Bank Postcard Show

 Selections from the Image Postcard Show

Selections from the Image Bank Postcard Show

August 10-October 4, 2015
Bob Prittie Library

In 1971, at the forefront of the mail art movement in Canada, Michael Morris and Vincent Trasov invited artists to send in postcards for the Image Bank Postcard Show, curated by Alvin Balkind at the Fine Arts Gallery, University of British Columbia. The Image Bank was made up of a network of participating artists who exchanged ideas and information by mail with the intention of creating a collaborative, process-based project that might foster a shared creative consciousness. A boxed edition of 80 original artist postcards was printed to accompany the show, which commemorated the 100th anniversary of the picture postcard. This exhibition–conceived as an exhibit destined for the mail–was then circulated across Canada by the extension department of The National Gallery, Ottawa.  

This Burnaby Art Gallery Offsite Exhibition features a selection of these postcards from the holdings of the archives of the City of Burnaby Permanent Art Collection maintained by the Burnaby Art Gallery and presents postcards by pioneering artists of the mail art medium, including Ray Johnson, General Idea, Dana Atchley, Gary Lee Nova and others.  

Image credit: Michael Morris and Glenn Lewis, Taping of the Critics, c.1971, offset lithograph, 9.0 x 14.0 cm. From the holdings of the archives of the City of Burnaby Permanent Art Collection maintained by the Burnaby Art Gallery.