Commemorative Stamps, Art Journal 1929-2005
Bloom, Barbara, Art Journal
Each of my works is a product of meticulous research, and their themes overlap or echo from each exhibition to the next. Printed matter-books, posters, brochures, and stamps-are often components of these works.
One of the subjects that returns periodically in my work is scale. Our culture strangely gives value to the large and is dismissive of the diminutive. I am interested in the relationship between large monuments and memorials and small mementos, charms, and keepsakes, and I hope to question some of the set notions about their comparative importance. I have a particular love for commemorative stamps, as they seem the perfect mnemonic device. They are a small and portable memorial.
For the series of Special Artists' Projects, I have made a sheet of commemorative stamps from a selection of past issue covers of Art Journal, as a way to show the magazine's trajectory and compose a brief contemporary art history, as seen through these images. In this way we can remember, rethink, reassess, and importantly, celebrate its long history. …