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New York World's Fair 1939

New York World's Fair 1939

Vintage postcards on canvas

47 x 43cm


A collection of original, vintage U.S. postcards arranged on painted canvas with a cut three-dimensional element. The work is mounted behind glass within a white, wooden frame.

Collected from multiple sources, the postcards have been arranged to form a geometric pattern with fluorescent card attached to the reverse giving an impression of illumination upon the white canvas behind. The sunken rectangular centres leave behind raised frames which mirror the frame of the artwork itself.

The images depicted in the top row are the iconic and temporary structures, Trylon and Perisphere, designed and built for the New York World’s Fair of 1939. The remaining postcards feature the art deco Electrical Products Building, also at the fair.

© Adam Robinson