FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
New York, NY and Oyster Bay, NY - October 17, 2010 – New York Location artist Jason Borbay will be participating in the International Mail Art Show entitled: Ray Johnson and A Book About Death. Borbay’s 4″X6″ painting on the subject of mortality will be shown alongside artists from across the globe.
About This Show
“A Book About Death” (ABAD) is an unbound, un-paginated book produced by artists worldwide. The original project was conceived by Matthew Rose who invited artists to contribute 500 identical postcards on any aspect of the theme of death. That show took place at the Emily Harvey Foundation Gallery in NYC in September 2009. The exhibition was a tremendous success, attracting hundreds of visitors to the Soho gallery.
Since then, the ABAD project has taken on a remarkable life. It continues to travel the world, appearing in museums and galleries across the US and in Brazil, Belgium, Croatia, Italy, Sarajevo, and the United Kingdom. A set of cards is also in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in NYC, the MoMA Wales and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
The project includes work from artists as famous as Yoko Ono as well as lesser known talents. The pages are of every kind of design imaginable, from personal and metaphysical to conceptual and abstract. The ABAD project has forged many new friendships among artists across the globe and has even spawned a handmade artists’ magazine named Abalcabal.”
“This painting was originally created on a small, stretched canvas, but was
later cut out to symbolically add a superficial layer of human control over the
great unknown. Painted on a train upon returning from a funeral, this
predominantly black-and-white picture starkly implies, and almost accepts
the inevitable — while simultaneously, a Woody Allen-esque grey area
alludes to some deeper, perhaps attainable level of understanding about
death. One thing is for certain, we all acquire first hand knowledge on the
subject at one point.”
“RAY JOHNSON & A BOOK ABOUT DEATH”
International Mail Art Show, Fluxibition and “Nothing”
Opening: Wednesday, November 3, from 5-11pm
SAL Gallery / C.W. Post Campus of LIU / 720 Northern Boulevard, NY 11548
Show Runs Nov. 1-5, 2010 / Gallery Hours 10am-7pm