Exhibitions and Events
Kim Kennedy AustinApril 24th to July 1st, 2009
Kim Kennedy Austin has designed a postage stamp for Artspeak. The project is the result of an invitation to the artist to intervene in some aspect of the galleryís daily operations. The 54Ę Canadian domestic stamp will be used by Artspeak in the upcoming months to mail invitations, letters, and bills.
Canada Post uses stamp imagery to construct national identity, illustrating Canadian flora and fauna, celebrating holidays and events, recognizing Black History month and key figures in Canadian history. The authority of the Canadian stamp has recently given way to personalization. For a fee, individuals (and organizations) can customize a stamp, often for birth or wedding announcements. This personalization disrupts the original dominion of the stamp, revealing a bygone notion of nation that has been usurped by personal identity and commerce.
Austinís project inserts Artspeak, and her work, into a national context. It not only considers national, institutional, artistic, and personal symbolism, but also conjures up the activities of collecting (stamps and art). The stampís talking heads connect it to recent projects by the artist that draw on book design from the last four decades while offering Artspeak a dubious purchase on a previously untapped branding opportunity.
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