“Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.” –Nora Ephron
It seems strange, but this time last week, I was in NYC. As far as “working vacations” are concerned, this was one of the best: filled with fantastic friends (old AND new), whirlwind inspiration, and endless synchronicity (postal and otherwise). The Big Apple never ceases to amaze.
What was I up to in NY? The New York Art Book Fair, of course! As far as a three-and-a-half day extravaganzas of small press, zines, and artists’ books go, this is the crème de la crème. Crowds were out in record attendance this year; Saturday alone brought 8500 people to the book fair. At times, it felt as if they were all at my table. Anybody bemoaning the death of print need look no further than PS1 on the last weekend of September.
It felt wonderful to place my work in some of the most prestigious collections in the United States (the Whitney Museum, the Cooper-Hewitt); additionally, the estate of Ray Johnson now houses a RLD artists’ book. I felt a bit like Cinderella at the ball and wanted the moment to last forever.
Friday afternoon brought a quick meet up of mail artists and artistamp makers; I managed to duck out from behind the table and join the group photo! I was thrilled to meet one of my mail art heroes in person – Crackerjack Kid! Also in attendance: Pistol Pete, Red Fox Press, the Sticker Dude and Champe Smith (curator of the 2008 “Mapping Correspondence” show at NY’s Center for Book Arts).
There was a Saturday night dinner at Katz’s, in the spirit of those legendary NY Correspondance meetings you’ve read so much about…
…and we managed to clean our plates too.
By the final day of the fair, I had sold out of many items – guess I’ll be spending some time in the studio! Business had been brisk all weekend long, but I’ll admit it: I was looking forward to having a few hours free on Monday to enjoy Manhattan. Packing up my plaid suitcase, I said goodbye to “neighbors” Reed Altemus, Ginny Lloyd, Allan Revich and Reid Wood, with promises to do it all over again next year.
So how did I spend my last couple days in NYC? Well, I’ll save that for the next write up. Let’s just say it involves an avalanche of rubber stamps, a bevvy of fabulous students, and an amazing gallery show! More delicious photos and stories are on the way, I promise.
In all things postal, I remain –