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Art postal, 1982

Mail Art, 1982
Collage, 25 x 19 cm

Bound to the tradition of ceramic production in her hometown of Valencia, Carmen Calvo has included it in her work as a feature that is often more pictorial than sculptural. Fascinated by archaeology and its taxonomic systems, Calvo creates diminutive pieces of ceramic and fixes them, whether with glue or sewn with thread, on top of supports such as canvas or paper. In the 1980s she often used letters, commercial paper, accounting registers or postcards, as with the postcard pieces seen here. As she imposed on objects (however small) the values of frontality and the format more typical of painting, aligned and placed one beside another, they take on the character of an alphabet or inventory, behaving like signs of an open, polyvalent and enigmatic narration.


Technical details

Original title:
Art postal
Registration number:
RT.0200
Artist:
Calvo, Carmen
Date created:
1982
Fonds:
MACBA Collection. Barcelona City Council long-term. Gift of Rafael Tous (in process of being incorporated)
Object type:
Collage
Media:
Collage, ceramics and watercolour on postcard
Dimensions:
25 x 19 cm (height x width)
Credits:
MACBA Collection. Long-term loan of Barcelona City Council. Gift of Rafael Tous
Copyright:
© Carmen Calvo, VEGAP, Barcelona
It has accessibility resources:
No

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