In 2020 I exhibited at Cafe Godard gallery, which has a small gallery, where I also performed in collaboration with Kosaka Mayu the owner. I have been performing with Kosaka for about seven years, where we have done many collaborations in Tokyo. Kosaka has been putting on mail art exhibitions for many years, which I think they started back in the seventies. I took part in my first mail art exhibition in 2014 in Tokyo and also in 2018 in Sweden.
The Mail art, is open to whatever the artist wants to create and then its sent to the destination, in this case, the art was sent to Japan. For my cards I used paper card, then cut small A6 cardboard and glued them on. The art itself is is a splash of colour, but also it is the act of stamping and posting, the action of sending art through a postal system, leaving it to go on its own journey, they could get lost or damaged. I always love taking part in these exhibitions as it gives me a lot of freedom to have a lot of fun. I received the instruction to create ten card and then post them. I will be exhibiting with another artist, who is Japanese, but because of Covid she is for the time being stuck in the UK.
See below the invitation:
I’m planning an exhibition with Daijo ,at the Cafe GODARD gallery.
Mr.Spike,please join the exihibition.
I’m in England いまイギリスにいます。
‥‥British post card Exhibithon‥‥ ‥‥英国のポストカード展‥‥
Paintings:Daijo ,Spike Mclarity
Send a picture of the size of the postcard.
Please send about 10 cards by mail.
Cafe GODARD gallery
Each piece is filled with colour and is unique
Using acrylic and then varnished the final dried piece
The next step once the mail art is dried and varnished is a trip to the post off and the iconic red post box
Spike Mclarrity is a duration based conceptual performance artist.