My Art Care Package (ACP) is being sent to my boyfriend Paul who lives in Los Alamitos. Paul and I have been dating for over a year and a half now, and so I decided to make my package a collection of the printed items and pieces I’ve kept and collected while we’ve been together. First I lined the box I sent with a glow-in-the-dark space themed cloth to make it look more fun. Then I went and collected some little trinkets from my bulletin board and keepsakes box to add to my ACP. The picture above is the final Art Care Package and some of the items you can see are: photo-booth photos with the tickets to my high school senior Winter Formal and Prom, Golf N’ Stuff mini golfing arcade tickets, mini letters he’s written me on past gifts, along with other novelties including a plethora of past movie tickets. Although most of the items are from the past, some are from the activities we’ve partaken in recently such as the newspaper article describing the big storm that hit Long Beach this weekend and the ticket from a movie we saw this past week.
Q & A
Q1. How is sending someone an ACP similar to sending someone a Snapchat?
A1. Sending someone an ACP is similar to sending someone a Snapchat in that the person receiving the Snapchat/package doesn’t generally know what it will contain. Since the contents of the package/Snapchat are a mystery to the receiver, it leads to anticipation and excitement when they finally get to open them! Also since my ACP was sent in a box, it reminded me how sending this package is also like sending a Snapchat because the person receiving it will be opening a box looking package that looks like the symbol when you receive a Snapchat.
Q2. How is sending someone an ACP different from sending them a Snapchat?
While sending an ACP is similar to Snapchat, they are also very different. I believe that sending an ACP is more heartfelt as the amount of effort and time that goes into making one is much more extensive than the amount of effort that goes into making a 5 second Snapchat. However I do believe that sending a Snapchat is less wasteful than sending an ACP, in that you don’t have to spend money on postage or excessive amounts of packing tape to send a Snapchat. Also, another difference between the two is that sending a Snapchat is instant, where as sending an ACP can take days both for creating and waiting for it to be delivered.
Q3. What do you think of ephemera? Is it precious? Or trash? Does it gain in value over time? Does your grandma’s parking ticket from half a century ago mean something to you? What about her tickets from Woodstock? What might your grandkids think if you one day gave them the bead bracelet you wore at Coachella?
A3. I think ephemera is interesting as it shows that art is completely based on perspective. What some see as useless trash, others see as incredibly important items that contain memories. For example, after visiting the movies most people choose to throw away their movie tickets as they are seen as disposable and only good for one-time use, where as many people (like me) see these stubs as written tangible evidence and reminders of the memories shared during and after the movies and choose to keep them as memorabilia. Along with perspective, the memories attached to certain items also deems them as save worthy or trash worthy. That is why grandma’s parking ticket would be seen as trash where as her Woodstock tickets would be seen as a prized possession. The parking ticket reminds us of the universal feeling of frustration when discovering a ticket placed beneath the windshield wipers on our cars, where as a ticket to Woodstock has the positive memories of exploring new music, art, and culture during the late 1960’s. Also a Woodstock ticket is seen as more culturally relevant due to it’s reflection on the era through music and art, where as a parking ticket is nothing more than a citation or violation that you’ll have to spend your heard earned money on. I believe that if I gave my grandchildren the head bracelet that I wore at Coachella, they would be very excited as it would probably would show them some of the art culture of my time. It also shows that these items also gain value over time as they are then perceived as antiques.
Q4. Is there a difference between art that is seen by many people, like a painting in the Museum of Modern Art, and art that is seen by few, like the ACP you send to someone?
A4. I do believe that there is a difference between the art seen by many people in a Museum and the art that is seen by few like our ACPs, in that there is a difference in formality. With our art projects, they were somewhat informal and although unique in their contents and significance, the idea of them is not new or different. However I do believe that both forms of art are equally important as they both show the view and perspective of the artist and the experiences they have had in their lives.
Q5. You can take a Snapchat and a friend on the other side of the globe can view it, all within seconds. To make an ACP and send it even to a nearby friend will take days. Does this time and effort difference mean something? How is fast better? How is slow better?
A5. I do believe time and effort make a difference because they show your friend that you are thinking of them and that they are worth your time, effort, energy, and money. It also means more because you are giving the person an actual object/piece of writing that you put emotion and work into that they can keep forever, where as a Snapchat is fast and gives you instant gratification but the art you send is gone forever after less than 10 seconds.
Q6. People sometimes say things like prepare a meal with love. Can you prepare a meal with love as fast as you can get food at a McDonald’s drive-thru? Does an ACP have the possibility of containing a sort of “love” different from a Snapchat?
A6. I do believe that you can prepare a meal with love as fast as you can get food at a McDonald’s drive-thru. For example a quickly made sandwich by your mom or dad in the morning before school is made with as much love as a time consuming gourmet meal they prepare for a holiday dinner. I however don’t believe that an ACP has the possibility of containing a different kind of love but rather expresses a more serious commitment to demonstrating appreciation than sending a Snapchat.