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, these postcards have been arranged to form a geometric pattern. The sunken rectangular centres leave behind raised frames which mirror the frame of the artwork itself. The reverse of these frames include a fluorescent material to give the impression of illumination upon the white canvas behind.

The images depicted in the top row are of 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 Electrical Products Building, an excellent example of art deco architecture.

A reminder of the individual history and journey of each item is evident in the postmarks.

© Adam Robinson