The Address Is The Art reviewed in Art On Paper
Art On Paper Magazine(USA), Nov/Dec 2006, Vol 11, No 2
James Hoff on Mark Pawson's The Address Is The Art.
Hand-sewn, hand stamped, hand-distributed -- everything about Pawson's clever
artist book bears the artist's hand, yet very little of it was made by the artist himself.
Comprised of envelopes he has recieved over the course of two decades, the publication,
which is trimmed to 5 5/8 x 7 3/4 inches and has a hand-sewn binding is a patchwork of
colours, patterns and textures--an accumulation of different types of stationary, stamps,
While Pawson insists that the address is the art, and one is certainly confronted with his
address in script and type throughout the publications forty pages, perhaps the most
interesting elements are the commercially printed lines and graphic elements that
decorate the envelopes' interiors, which are made visible with each turn of the page.
They immediately recall the op art and conceptual graphic patterns of Bridget Riley and
Sol LeWitt. No surprise, as the publication is clearly indebted to work from the sixties,
especially that of the mail art movement. Moreover, there is no distinction between the
source material and the page--the envelopes are not reproductions--and in carrying out
such an enterprise of collecting and assembling, Pawson has created an artists'
publication in which the edition is comprised of unique objects
The artist, who began the project in 2003, will be collecting and assembling envelopes
until he reaches 500 copies (so far he has completed one-fifth of the edition). So, send
him a letter -- rumor has it that if you find your envelope in one of the published editions,
the publication is free.