PLEASE JOIN US FOR
THE CORRESPONDENCE ART OF E. MILTON WILSON
SPECIAL RECEPTION FOR THE ARTIST
An exhibition — the artist’s first public showing — from a
selection of 979 artworks with commentaries (to date), delivered through the
United States Postal Service.
THURSDAY EVENING, OCTOBER 9TH
6:00 UNTIL 10:00 IN THE EVENING
BALLROOM OF THE CASTLE GREEN
99. S. RAYMOND AVE.
PASADENA, CA 91105
REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED.
PRESENTED BY LIGHT BRINGER PROJECT
(NO RESERVATIONS REQUIRED, NO CHARGE TO ATTEND)
PARKING: AT METERS SURROUNDING THE BUILDING; OR IN SCHOOLHOUSE
PARKING STRUCTURE, ENTER ON GREEN ST. OR RAYMOND AVE.
MORE ON THE EXHIBITION:
A “Non-Artist’s” Artistic Obsession: The Correspondence Art of
E. Milton Wilson shows at the Castle Green
An exhibition of the unique artwork of E. Milton Wilson will be
on public display on Thursday, October 9th, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the
Ballroom of the historic Castle Green. Refreshments will also be
Convenient parking is located on the street and in parking structures
adjacent to the century-old structure in Old Pasadena.
E. Milton Wilson grew up in Pasadena, surrounded by a world of
art, music, and poetry. His father, Elmer Wilson, was impresario at the
Pasadena Civic Auditorium from the 1930s to the 1970s. As a chemistry major at
Pomona College, then a rocket scientist at Aerojet, and an executive at
Parsons, there wasn’t much time for art — then, in 1993, courting Norma, who
would become his wife, from afar, he began creating homemade postcards and
mailing them. For years now, Norma, and Wilson’s son, Larry, and daughter,
Alicia, have had the delight of discovering these pieces of art in the
mailbox. This show is the first time a large selection of Wilson’s 1,000 or so
postcards have ever been on public view.
Wilson’s artworks vary in media and subject matter, including
collage, watercolor, and acrylics. They also incorporate prose, poetry, and
“fake” reviews by a fabricated alter-ego, known as “The Reviewer,” typically
published on the “stamp side” of the postcard. There’s a great deal of
leg-pulling in these messages, with a particular focus on playfulness
in contemporary art.
From The Reviewer’s take on a painting of the Rose Bowl field:
Lines of scrimmage keeps teams apart,
Til turned loose a la playbook chart.
Line-guys are backed by, yes, “linebackers,”
Who can be sackees, or sometimes sackers.