This is my baseball card project. For my main portfolio, go here.
Sometime in 2010, I found myself in front of a collectible shop with a sign saying ‘Free Baseball Cards – inquire within.’ So I inquired and I ended up going home with two ginormous boxes of baseball cards. Why did this seem like a good idea? Because the year before, I had picked up a stray pile of cards and decided to draw on them. I saw potential in the motions and the actions and the dynamics depicted on the cards and drew to them. With all of these cards at my disposal, a few eventually became fifty, fifty became a hundred, and now I have a project that will probably keep going until there are no cards left to draw on.
This project brings three of my big passions together: Art, baseball, and recycling. The art is both self-explanatory and better explained by the art itself. I was a big baseball fan when I was a kid, until the strike in 1994. It all came back to me in 2008, around the same time I first experimented with baseball cards and made the first entries to this set.
And then there’s reuse/recycling. Baseball Cards from the ’80s and ’90s are commonly held to be worthless (with a few exceptions) and grossly overprinted. After a majority of one generation saw their baseball cards reach insane prices, a new generation tried too hard to recreate the magic, and flooded the market. It is for that reason that the collectible shop was eager to give me such a huge mass of cards, and I have been able to give them new life by reusing them as surfaces to put my art to.