There are few things better than a surprise package, especially when they’re one-of-a-kind. That’s why we partnered with the Quarterly.co, a subscription service that sends excellently curated mailings from a variety of creative sources.
For #UAQ02, Uprise Art founder Tze Chun curated a mailing around the theme of “art as a gift”. Read her letter to subscribers below.
Dear Subscribers, in college, the final exam for my drawing class was to create a 26-page book of original drawings. Professor Archie Rand (a Brooklyn-based artist who first exhibited his artwork in 1966 at the age of 16 and has had over 100 solo exhibitions worldwide since) required that we hand in three bound copies: one for him, one for us to keep, and one to give away. We had spent all semester working on those drawings, and Rand knew that years down the line we would be grateful that they existed in more than one place, that they had a life and meaning for people other than ourselves. I often think of that important lesson: Art is a gift.
The Art: Original Drawing by Rebeca Raney. I met Rebeca Raney at an art party in 2012. She was wearing a mint green romper and we set up a visit to her Williamsburg studio. Since then, I’ve collected a number of her drawings and sculptures and presented her work through Uprise Art. Rebeca’s drawings invite you into her imaginary world, Raneytown. Inhabited by vegetation, llamas, dancers, actors and the occasional birthday yoghurt, it’s a place that feels both familiar and undiscovered all at once. She draws using ink and a collection of beloved3 calligraphy pens, bamboo pens, and cheap brushes. Rebeca never erases and incorporates mistakes as often as they are made. Extra eyes appear on faces as a result, and extra lines add a sense of movement.
Flower Bombs. A practical exercise. Rebeca wanted to make a little arsenal of flower bombs. She drew all the stems first and then carefully and meticulously hand- painted the buds as polka dots, without any petals. The little plastic envelopes protect the drawings but also refer to the packaging for seeds.
Paper Rock Sculpture
Paper Rock Sculpture. These paper rocks are made out of a special paper clay that Rebeca meditatively shapes and hand-paints with acrylic gouache.
Letterpress Cards. A collaboration between Rebeca and her sister Raquel Raney, these cards can accompany a gift or be a gift in and of themselves.
Japanese Mini-Pencils. I’ve owned a few of these sets throughout my life, but could never bear to use them because I enjoyed looking at them too much. I recently encountered a set in Rebeca’s studio and she told me she has them hidden in various places: drawers, jewelry boxes, pockets. These are little treasures she likes to leave around so that she can rediscover them again later. Rebeca has even glued pin-backs to them so she can wear them.
Letterpress cards, Japanese mini-pencils, and a Flower Bomb
The objects in this Quarterly box are meant to be shared or hoarded and certainly brighten your day. I am a fan of frivolous things. — Rebeca Raney
Art is a gift that artists give themselves— the opportunity to do what they love and create new things. Quarterly mailings are very much gifts from contributors to subscribers, and I hope you will continue to expand the reach of the items you now have in your possession, and find them a new home elsewhere as well.
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