Mail artist Tim Wilson’s humorous and thought-provoking work is on display in the University of Findlay’s Virginia B. Gardner Fine Arts Pavilion’s, Gallery H, located in the northeast hallway.
A reception for both Wilson and artist John Thies, whose wood fired pottery is on display in the pavilion’s Dudley and Mary Marks Lea Gallery, will be held Wednesday, Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. in the pavilion.
Inspired by the documentary film, “How to Draw a Bunny,” about collagist Ray Johnson, Wilson decided to form his own “mail art” branch with his son, Zach, and a small circle of friends.
With few exceptions, the pieces selected for the UF exhibit – either captioned postcards or picture postcards accompanied by a short fictional story – have been sent through the mail and are on loan from the various recipients. All have been created with words and images collected from various publications.
“Results are intended to be funny, absurd, ironic or surreal,” explained Wilson, who received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography from the University of Central Florida, and a Master of Fine Arts in printmaking from Ohio University.
Wilson’s work has been widely exhibited and is in the collections of Kansas State University, Valencia College, San Diego State University, and others.
For the past 30 years, he has taught art at the university and high school levels in Orlando, Florida and Toledo, Ohio. He lives in Delta, Ohio.