Postal Migration, a solo exhibition, will feature the mixed media artwork of June Daskalakis. The show opens February 7 at YoloArts’ Gallery 625 in Woodland.
Postal Migration looks at the concept of correspondence taking wing, much like migrating birds and seeks to challenge people’s notions of mail, and its enduring role in communication.
Daskalakis is a native of New York City and holds a degree in Sociology from S.U.N.Y. at New Paltz and a degree in English Literature from San Francisco State University. She later attended the San Francisco Academy of Art and pursued graduate studies as a Fiber and Mixed Media MFA candidate at J.F.K. University in the San Francisco Bay Area. At her studio in Davis,
Daskalakis creates mixed media and assemblage works using a process that involves building layers, then peeling away or blending what exists. The art presented in Postal Migration was inspired from a trip the artist made to Stockholm, and a day spent at the Postal Museum in that city.
“During my trip, I wandered the city in awe of its skyscape, active with migrating birds. Writing postcards and letters home, while observing these natural patterns in the sky, sparked a connection,” Daskalakis said about this exhibition.
In her artist statement, Daskalakis posits, “Postal Migration invites the viewer to consider the possibility of our mail as a form of migration. This migration of handwritten correspondence, however, is endangered. Ink to paper, an era of letter writing, is becoming lost to us in an age of digital type on cold, sterile screens. The written word, once part of a special art that communicated an extraordinary range of sentiments, is now gone in the age of emoji worship. Time has intruded upon our lives enough for us to discard original standards for exchanging sentiment in favor of reflexive, public forms, without private buffers that once let us differentiate what needed to be said from what need only be felt.”
The artist will be attending the opening reception, 5:30-8 p.m. Friday, February 7, coinciding with the downtown Woodland First Friday Art Walk. Music will be performed by guitarist Kevin Welch who will play a mix of Bossa Nova and original music. A talk by the artist will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Refreshments will be on hand and the public is welcome and encouraged to attend this free, family friendly opening reception.
Postal Migration continues at Gallery 625 through March 31.
Gallery 625 hosts exhibitions and receptions every other month. New exhibitions open on the first Fridays of February, April, June, August, October, and December.
Gallery 625 is located at 625 Court Street in Woodland, in Yolo County’s Erwin Meier Administration building and is open Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., and by appointment. For more information, contact YoloArts at 530-309-6464.