Exhibitions / MOSTYN | We’ve Got Mail [institutional leadership]

18.04.2014 to 06.07.2014

We’ve Got Mail is the second exhibition in a series that examines the history of MOSTYN and its building, and how that history is tied to events beyond its context, locally, nationally and internationally. This exhibition responds to the context in which it takes place, a former postal sorting office into which MOSTYN’s galleries were expanded in 2010.

We’ve Got Mail, of which there will be four exhibitions between now and 2017, will introduce some of the finest examples of artists and artworks that have utilised postal mail, as well as recent instances of its use. This first exhibition presents artworks by Robert Barry, Gabriele De Santis, Jan Dibbets, Ane Mette Hol, Jonathan Monk* and Kirsten Pieroth. The exhibition will also present original artifacts, documentation and ephemera from the gallery’s previous use as a Royal Mail sorting office as well as from the history of the Royal Mail itself. On view will be a selection from the exhibition Designs on Delivery- GPO Posters from 1930 to 1960 by The British Postal Museum & Archive, archival photographs of the Royal Mail and a collection of stamps from the past to the present.

A booklet accompanies the exhibition and features texts by the exhibition’s curator, Adam Carr (Visual Arts Programme Curator) and a text by MOSTYN’s Director Alfredo Cramerotti.

On the occasion of this exhibition, Jonathan Monk has produced a new edition exclusively for MOSTYN. Titled ‘Picture Post Card Posted From Post Box Pictured’, it is part of a series of postcard pieces, which to date includes those made for venues in New York, London, Brussels and Paris. Each version of the edition depicts an image of the closest postbox to the gallery, institution or bookshop that it is produced for. After purchasing the postcard, the artist will write the address and message that the purchaser would like, together with his signature. The postcard will then be posted from the postbox pictured on the postcard, which in MOSTYN’s case is directly next door to the building.