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The Fluxus members were the driving forces behind the creation of postcard art. The year 1962 is considered the formal moment of its inception, when the American neodadaist artist Ray Johnson (1927-1995) created his "New York Correspondance School of Art". However, before this, many artists were using the postcard medium in their productions to exchange artistic creations and experiences, thus establishing dialogues without borders. The experiences of the Futurists, Dadaists, Surrealists, Pop Artists, Neodadaists, Neorealists and Conceptualists are among the historical background of this form of artistic communication.
Patricia Venti is inspired by the comics, Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol and Raymond Edward Johnson. His work shows a clear influence of Schwitters's collage technique and the surrealist touch of Max Ernst, with verbal and visual games and with a nihilistic wit sense of humor. Precisely so, taking the objects of popular culture and reinterpreting them, that the artist manages to rise the comic to an artistic creation. Venti re-elaborates the image transforming it into an icon through its representation of vulgar things or feelings. Each postcard creates a new comic, and a new story where the essence and the message of the past gets lost.
Thus, the basic concept of postcard art is bilateral, communication in the truest sense of the words. Venti makes several variations on the same theme. Generally these postcards-collages are characterized by a rapid and broad dissemination of art. The ease of production, storage and consumption, make them an art where its handcraft is done on a daily basis and is available to everyone. These small cartons destined for domestic consumption, are presented as a postmodern artistic trend.
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