MARITZA RUIZ-KIM

Artist, San Francisco Bay Area

Wish You Were

WISH YOU WERE

This is a project I did for the Mail Art show called “Presents” at Hyperallergic, which is based in Brooklyn. With many of my online artist connections at the time being near there, I decided to consider all the online world that is physically here in the Bay Area, along with how I wished my online art community was physically here too. So I traveled the Bay Area with my five year old “studio assistant” on June 6 & 7, 2011 (you can see him at the third stop if you look closely), then mailed the art from the local post offices of Craigslist, Twitter, Apple, Google, and Facebook. I took pictures from each of those headquarters and posted them online, pairing them with what I mailed by handwriting the URLs on the back. 

Front & back of postcard mailed from Twitter, front has map of internet company HQ location and accompanying text, back has inscription “Wish you were here”, because I did wish my far away online artist friends were near; photo taken in car outside Twitter HQ, June 6, 2011

"Here, #5"; 2011; printed map, glossed aged vellum with obscured text underneath, cut clear vinyl, thread; 4" x 6"

Craigslist

 

Text on front of postcard:

Here is where we buy
lives for sale
or sell them

 
Taken at Craigslist HQ, June 6, 2011
Here, #2; 2011; printed map, glossed aged vellum with obscured text underneath, cut clear vinyl, thread; 4" x 6"

Twitter

 

Text on front of postcard:

Here we follow
the endless stream
passing time

Taken at Twitter HQ, June 6, 2011
Here, #3; 2011; printed map, glossed aged vellum with obscured text underneath, cut clear vinyl, thread; 4" x 6"

Apple

1 Infinite Loop, Cupertino, CA 95014

Text on front of postcard:

Here we await
our imagined futures

 
Taken at Apple HQ, June 7, 2011
Here, #4; 2011; printed map, glossed aged vellum with obscured text underneath, cut clear vinyl, thread; 4" x 6"

Google

1600 Amphitheatre Pkwy, Mountain View, CA 94043

Text on front of postcard:

Here we find
what we are
looking for

Taken at Google HQ, June 7, 2011
Here, #5; 2011; printed map, glossed aged vellum with obscured text underneath, cut clear vinyl, thread; 4" x 6"

Facebook

1601 S California Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94304

Text on front of postcard:

Here we craft
the life we want
seen

Taken at Facebook HQ, June 7, 2011