September 10–26, 2021
Reception: Friday, September 10, 5:30–7:30pm
Over his lifetime, artist Peter Jodaitis (1936-2017) gathered thousands of postcards from museums, art shows, and travels. He amassed a collection featuring a wide range of works—abstract to realistic, exotic to banal. He was, as his widow Ellen Walker describes, “an image junkie.” Walker generously donated hundreds of these cards to 1078 Gallery, which this summer invited some thirty artists and writers to enter the world of Jodaitis’ long relationship with a portable epistolary form—the postcard—to be used as a prompt.
The invitees were provided five randomly chosen postcards from the collection and asked to create something written and image-based for this show—an imagined correspondence; responses to color, shape, or figure; invented characters; a memory, a history, an ideology, an obsession. The writing could be integrated or separate from the artwork were it flash fiction, flash non-fiction, poetry, or a hybrid form. We hope you enjoy the results.