The prestigious ChaShaMa Gallery on West 37th Street in New York City has recently opened their brand new installation for the public to enjoy. Multimedia artist Frankie Lane presents “You’ve Got Mail”, a celebration of the history of mail delivery systems. Over thousands of years, mail delivery has moved through phases from messenger pigeons all the way to modern USPS. Frankie Lane pays tribute to all of these methods, capturing the spirit at the heart of mail delivery. The installation includes canvases of mailboxes, mail bags, and vintage letters with cancelled stamps hanging from twine.
The inspiration for this installation stemmed largely from Frankie Lane’s fascination with the way in which people choose to express themselves through their choice of mailbox. While visiting the installation, he invites you to explore the history of letter writing and consider what the future holds for this particular medium. For many of us, it may be a long time since we have handwritten a letter. Frankie Lane asks as to consider why this is. Is it about convenience? Cost? Time? He also invites visitors to consider what their mailbox looks like and what the letter receiver’s mailbox looks like, encouraging us to draw meaning from the unique features.
The premiere of the “You’ve Got Mail” installation occurred at the ChaShaMa Gala 202. Pre-paid postcards with Frankie Lane’s photography on them were offered to attendees in order to encourage them to continue the art of letter writing. Hundreds of attendees participated, writing letters to friends, family, and more.
Frankie Lane is known for his thought-provoking multimedia work in the mediums of photography, painting, video, collage, music, and more. “You’ve Got Mail” is his latest triumph and is already booked for future gallery installations in 2023.
ChaShaMa is an excellent first choice for the installation. Founded in 1995 by Anita Durst, the gallery was created as an affordable space that could foster the diverse artistic culture of New York City. Recognising the need to support struggling artists, Anita Durst worked hard to develop the gallery and make it accessible to all. By partnering with Property Owners, ChaShaMa has been able to obtain several unused spaces across New York City. In the first decade, the gallery secured seven locations, presenting more than 700 shows. The gallery now has spaces in all 5 boroughs and presents over 150 events each year, also providing workspaces for 120 artists and offering workshops to communities in need.
Visit Frankie Lane’s website: www.FrankieLaneArtist.com
Visit the ChaShaMa website: www.Chashama.org