In this ongoing collection of work, Todd Colby compiles found postcards, then overlays them with phrases of poetry, commentary, or drawings by hand. The mundane and idyllic scenes of the cards are undercut by Colby’s distinctive blend of humor, absurdity, and poignance—together, they read as an ode to American culture and a guttural response to the current political climate. Of the work, Colby notes, "While working with the postcards I see myself as an architect, a vandal, a sculptor, a landscape artist, and a twister of reality. Whether I am making a monument to a poet or adding a plume of dots over a building, I feel myself entering the landscape as a trickster would and making it new by changing it to the way I'd prefer it to be."
Todd Colby, b. 1962, is a Brooklyn-based artist and writer. Colby is the author of six books of poetry, most recently, of Splash State (The Song Cave, 2014) and Flushing Meadows (Scary Topiary Press, 2012). He was the editor of the poetry anthology Heights of the Marvelous: A New York Anthology (St. Martin’s Press, 2001) and serves on the board of the Poetry Project. He was the lead singer for the critically acclaimed band Drunken Boat.
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