Klaus + Me
august 29–september 24,2014
opening reception–saturday, august 30 6–8pm
Klaus Postler was a peripatetic artist and independent curator whose work centered around the use
of collage. As a seminal figure in the mail art movement, Klaus had a long history of exchanging works
with artists around the world, his work has been included in over two hundred exhibitions world-wide.
Klaus was a consummate artist whose life and art were inseparable. In 2005 he received an MFA
from UMASS Amherst and a BA from the UMASS University Without Walls Program with an individual
concentration entitled: The Artist as Curator. Klaus was the 2001 recipient of a McDowell Fellowship.
Klaus curated “The Ray Johnson Memorial Exhibition” at Hampden Gallery and the “Collaborations”
exhibition at Herter Gallery. He founded both the New England/New York/New Talent biannual exhibition
and GO! (Global Opportunities) where he was intent on exploring what was possible in the visual arts
culture by working with artists, curators and organizations to create a vital arts matrix, which provided
residencies and exhibition opportunities inside and outside the conventions of the white cube.
In the summer of 2005, Klaus taught himself German and set off for a month of gallery and studio
visits in Berlin, Germany and came back to the US to curate a travelling group exhibition entitled
“Kunst Berlin”. This exhibition, like many that Klaus curated, would result in his forging strong and lasting
friendships with artists around the world.
Klaus was fun, and really smart. He was often ridiculously silly and off the wall. He lived off the grid as
much as possible. He’d work as long as he needed to be able to take time off to do artwork. He did
carpentry, odd jobs, pruning orchards up and down the northeast, whatever he could do to get by.
Meanwhile he also exhibited his work internationally and curated shows. Klaus died unexpectedly in
January of 2013 at his studio in Conway.
Klaus Postler’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is in the permanent collections
of the Whitney Museum of American Art in the Ray Johnson Memorial Mail Art Show Archives, Museum
of Modern Art in the Franklin Furnace Archives, Getty Museum in the Jean Brown Archives and The
Wexner Center for the Arts in The Art is in the Mail(ing) Archives.
Eileen’s work utilizes digital and analog media and processes. These pieces are part of a series entitled
“Diasporan Portraits”. The series is part of an ongoing examination of a hidden history that continues to
have an impact on the descendants of survivors of the Armenian Genocide. Eileen uses a transfer process
on clear acrylic that allows light to flow through the images and for shadows to be cast by them. Shadows
on the faces represent the effects of this history on the lives of descendants. Trauma can follow families
through several generations in ways that may be quite hidden, these pieces attempt to trace that trauma
and make it visible.
Eileen Claveloux holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a BFA from The
University of the Arts in Painting. Her work has been shown throughout the US and in Germany, Armenia,
Cameroon and Romania. She has worked collaboratively with Shirley Whitaker on “Marked for Life”, an
exhibition that looked at physical markings and the cause and impact of those marks on the bearer.
In 2005 she completed a residency in Yerevan, Armenia where her work was shown at the Yerevan Museum
of Modern Art, and is now in their permanent collection. Since 2007 she has taught Media Arts at Easthampton High School where she established and curates the annual Arts Festival.
KLAUS + EILEEN
Eileen first met Klaus at UMASS while they were both candidates in the MFA Program. She was first stuck by his unique way of writing her contact information for a course they were in; everything he wrote was backwards. Over time their friendship developed into a close and happy relationship. They were together until Klaus’