En recuerdo a nuestro amigo y colega...
In memory of our friend and colleague...
1940 / January 10, 2016)
Candella) was born on Oct 15, 1940 in New Albany, Indiana. He studied
painting and art history at Indiana University and Oberlin College.
Harley had an
interest in philately from an early age, and this interest ultimately
led him to establishing his own local post, Tristan Local Post, in 1975
in Oberlin, Ohio. The name was chosen because of a long time interest
(via philately) in the Tristan da Cunha islands in the Atlantic Ocean.
to issue stamps from Tristan Local Post, but he was not aware of other
stamp artists and Mail Art until seeing the catalogue of the artiststamp
exhibition organized by James Felter at Simon Fraser University in
opened up various contacts for Harley, and he began to participate in
the mail art network.
In 1978 Harley closed
Tristan Local Post and created his own country, Terra Candella (Land of
Light). It was under these auspices that all future mail art would be
conducted. He continued to broaden his contacts in the network,
including his first trip to Europe in 1980 to meet with other mail
artists. Harley facilitated the exhibition of
artistsamps at Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College in
1978, an exhibition organized by Al Souza. This was followed by
a large mail art show curated by Harley at SPACES Gallery in
Cleveland, and then in 1987 he organized the Corresponding
Worlds exhibition at Allen Memorial Art Museum.
consisted of both a museum exhibition of artistamps and mail art, and a
Present at the symposium were Michael Bidner, John P. Jacob, Gerard and
Fernand Barbot, Judith Hoffberg, Reid Wood (State of Being), Ed Varney,
Dog Fish, E. F. Higgins III, Cracker Jack Kid, John Held Jr., Patrick
Beilman, Joel Smith, Joel Lipman, Steven Esrati, and Dennis Higdon.
In 1995 Harley moved
from Oberlin to California, continuing to participated in the mail art
network and organized exhibitions related to mail art and artiststamps.
Harley died on Jan
10, 2016 in Graton, CA.
by Harley / Terra Candella,