Thursday, November 17, 2005

Your Dry Purple Heart, Rough Like Sandpaper Rubbed Free of Grains

Ashley Oliver, "That Thursday" (Oct 2005)

Maybe Ashley Oliver was born a mailartist. I have no other way to explain the flurry of structural imagination she exhibits in this small card--so many ideas that are practically new to the field. The surface of her card consists of two pieces of canvas glued to either side of a stiff piece of cardboard. But this is not enough. She then sculpts the edge of the card into gentle rolling curves. Finally, she glues a purple hear to the upper edge of the card, allowing it to protrude over the top.

It's a beautiful structure made more beautiful by the maculate painting on the card, dark and blotchy, upon which she writes in curving lines of silver and gold a few words about Thursday.

un violon d'ingres

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