Wish You Were

Wish You Were

 This is a project I did to be able to participate in the Mail Art Bulletin show "Presents" at Hyperallergic, the online art mag based in Brooklyn. With many of my online artist connections at the time being near there, I decided to consider all the online world that is physically here in the Bay Area, along with how I wished my online art community was physically here too. So I traveled the Bay Area with my five year old "studio assistant" on June 6 & 7, 2011 (you can see him at the third stop if you look closely), then mailed the art from the local post offices of Craigslist, Twitter, Apple, Google, and Facebook. I took pictures from each of those headquarters and posted them online, pairing them with what I mailed by handwriting the URLs on the back. 

~ Maritza Ruiz-Kim

 
 

Wish You Were

 

 
Here, #1; 2011; printed map, glossed aged vellum, cut clear vinyl, thread; 4" x 6"

Craigslist

 

Text on front of postcard:

Here is where we buy
lives for sale
or sell them

  
http://twitter.com/marzkim/status/77862134414974976
Screenshot of tweet that linked (in 2011) to HQ photo at right.
 
Taken at Craigslist HQ, June 6, 2011
Here, #2; 2011; printed map, glossed aged vellum with obscured text underneath, cut clear vinyl, thread; 4" x 6"

Twitter

 

Text on front of postcard:

Here we follow
the endless stream
passing time

 
http://twitter.com/marzkim/status/77877689133965313
Screenshot of tweet that linked (in 2011) to HQ photo at right.
 
 
Taken at Twitter HQ, June 6, 2011
Here, #3; 2011; printed map, glossed aged vellum with obscured text underneath, cut clear vinyl, thread; 4" x 6"

Apple

1 Infinite Loop
Cupertino, CA 95014

Text on front of postcard:

Here we await
our imagined futures

http://twitter.com/marzkim/status/78164171673436161
Screenshot of tweet that linked (in 2011) to HQ photo at right.
 
 
Taken at Apple HQ, June 7, 2011
Here, #4; 2011; printed map, glossed aged vellum with obscured text underneath, cut clear vinyl, thread; 4" x 6"

Google

1600 Amphitheatre Pkwy
Mountain View, CA 94043

Text on front of postcard:

Here we find
what we are
looking for

http://twitter.com/marzkim/status/78179734948818945
Screenshot of tweet that linked (in 2011) to HQ photo at right.
 
 
Taken at Google HQ, June 7, 2011
Here, #5; 2011; printed map, glossed aged vellum with obscured text underneath, cut clear vinyl, thread; 4" x 6"

Facebook

1601 S California Ave.
Palo Alto, CA 94304

Text on front of postcard:

Here we craft
the life we want
seen

http://twitter.com/marzkim/status/78196160535330818
Screenshot of tweet that linked (in 2011) to HQ photo at right.
 
 
Taken at Facebook HQ, June 7, 2011

Front/Back

Example of postcard mailed from Twitter, front has map of internet company HQ location and accompanying text, back has inscription "Wish you were here", because I did wish my far away online artist friends were near; photo taken in car outside Twitter HQ, June 6, 2011