This is exactly the sort of thing that I hoped would happen as 20x200 made its way out into the world. Reading it made me all teary-eyed.
Place of the upside down
by Roger Ballen
Just received this print today - worth every penny! Oddness Story sort of to go with it -
This morning, when the mailman was delivering the mail to our front door, he knocks on the door (which seemed sort of odd) and he smiles and hands me the package and he says - “hey - looks like your getting some art” - as he sort of carefully reaches into the mail bag ..
Um yeah - I’m expecting some soon, I’m pretty excited to see how it looks…. and he said you know we love that place here at work (the post office - in Portland) - we usually like to exchange gift certificates to get cool stuff there (20 x 200)….
And he goes on to describe the last print he got was a cool painting of a stack of video tapes and stuff - so 70’-80’s - really great stuff. I’m guessing it’s this
VHS by Hollis Brown Thornton…
So I said yeah, I’m excited - it’s a Roger Ballen print - I’m a big fan … do you know his work? I couldn’t pass up the chance to have a little print. He wasn’t sure about who that was - so I opened the package there on the porch and we both took a bit to look at the print…
Nice pick… Yeah.
Anyway - thought it was cool the mailman knows the 20x200 for more than just delivering the goods!