Correcaminos VII/ Roadrunner VII, 2012
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- Dittborn invented airmail paintings by accident. Happening in
early 1983 to fold a large piece of wrapping paper four times upon
itself, and then unfold it again, he noticed that the wrapping
paper was reticulated by its folds.Dittborn’s find was no discovery
at all: folding a piece of paper or cloth is the only way to reduce
its surface area without tearing it. This knowledge, which men
acquired in Neolithic times as they went about their occupations of
guarding and burial, provided Dittborn with what he had long been
searching for in his work: marks that would traverse his
productions while being heterogeneous to them. And then those marks
were there: the folds. In late 1983 the first airmail painting
reached the world.
- Folds are the trademark of airmail paintings. It is because of
them that the paintings change size and fit into envelopes like
treasure into chests, children into sleeping bags, loaves into
ovens and ashes into urns. The airmailness of Dittborn’s paintings
resides in their folds.
- Airmail paintings, which work like compartmentalised folding
rafts, inside which provisions, marks, substances and shapes are
stirring, intent on coming through the calamity all about them. To
do so, they give preference to systematic arrangements, storing
only what is strictly necessary to start again.
- The airmail paintings arrive, and all eyes are drawn to where
they hang outspread on the wall. Then they draw away as departure
nears. An airmail painting is what is seen between two
- In a sense, the thing is not so much to read what is in the
airmail paintings as to read what the paintings are incessantly
- Envelopes contain airmail paintings as pregnant