I Am Still Alive - Shirt
Based on the work seminal mail art of On Kawara.
For On Kawara sending postcards was art itself. Kawara sent numerous postcards as part of his practice: over the course of 12 years, between 1968 and 1979, he mailed more than 8,000 cards—sending two each day—to recipients that included some of the most prominent figures in the art world of the 1970s, among them Kasper König, Sol LeWitt, and Lucy Lippard. Each card bore the message “I got up at,” along with the exact time at which he arose that day. That message was stamped rather than handwritten, consistent with the uniformity and systematization that pervades Kawara’s work.
The series "I Am Still Alive" began with three telegrams that On Kawara sent in 1969. They read, in succession: I AM NOT GOING TO COMMIT SUICIDE DON’T WORRY; I AM NOT GOING TO COMMIT SUICIDE WORRY; and I AM GOING TO SLEEP FORGET IT. These telegrams, each sent three days apart, get as close to “an expression of interiority—and a narrative arc—as Kawara will ever get.”1 Just over a month later, Kawara sent another telegram to someone else, which reads, I AM STILL ALIVE. He sent nearly nine hundred telegrams of this kind to dozens of friends and acquaintances for more than three decades.
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