ABOUT MOTHERSBAUGH'S POSTCARD DIARIES:
---During his downtime on early worldwide tours with DEVO, Mark Mothersbaugh began illustrating on postcards to send to his friends and family, which he still creates, and has been creating every day for over 30 years. It's an obsessive habit/hobby which still yields anywhere from one to a couple dozen new postcard-sized images per day.
---The cards were originally created as his personal diaries, and were never intended for public viewing. That all changed when Mark decided to share his postcard works in his critically acclaimed solo shows during the 1980's & 1990's. Since then, he launched his worldwide Homefront Invasion! tour in '03, and the Visual Art of Mark Mothersbaugh tour starting in '05.
---Mark has archived nearly all the original postcard-sized works, filed neatly in spiral-bound folders at his home in Hollywood, CA. It is an astonishingly obsessive collection of private thoughts featuring Mark’s plethora of provoking & unusual imagery.
---The 2011 Gallery Tour
features high-resolution, limited edition digital prints
of Mark's works. Each original postcard diary sketch
is scanned and altered especially for the tour, often
with the addition of text, digital effects, photos,
etc. Each customized image is printed on quality archival
Lysonic paper in a very limited edition (usually editions
of 3-20, each embossed and signed by the artist). Mark
archives one of each print edition for his own archives,
which further limits distribution of each postcard diary
---Mark explains, ”Usually, the only way someone can get an original sketch is if I give it to them myself. I’ve sent a few in the mail, and handed others out to friends and family. I’ve probably got around 30,000 of them filed away now….and I keep making more every day. The limited edition prints are my way of sharing these personal images with other people around the world.”
For more info on Mark's art career, please check out his BIOS page.