On August 16th 1988 the idea of the IUOMA was born. In November 2008 this IUOMA platform at NING became the home for members.
Today I received another mail art card beauty from my dear friend, Momkat. Aren't the stamps terrific! Thanks again, Katerina. I really must get a wriggle on and send you some true-blue Aussie art!…Continue
Postcard picture of Ray Johnson
July 28, 2014 - I received an envelope from New York City stuffed with mail-art and Ray Johnson ephemera. (These are postcards and copies of articles; the days of receiving authentic material from Ray…Continue
Jay Block sent me this deceptively simple photo collage, an elegant blending of imagery that hints at the confused sensuousness trapped beneath the victorian finery. Great color palette. It's like a sachet in your great-grandmother's underwear drawer. I love the range of expressions in the group.…Continue
Mail-art by IUOMA member Jeanne Kasten (Olathe, Kansas, USA)
July 27, 2014 -Jeanne Kasten sent me this great mail-art. Some might consider it “vintage.” I am intrigued by her choice of images because the piece is suggestive…Continue
Oh yeah, the living is easy. Catfish jumping, cotton high. Pols sweating bullets all over the place. Dodging 'em can be tuff. Load up the car and hit the road jack. Send pals postcards from the Paradise Motel saying “Wish you were here!” Ditch the cell tho. It doesn't do privacy...
1) “Purring Tranquility” in the…Continue
I got lucky in the lottery at GRO and am now on the Annual Box Show list until I ask them to take me off. Woohoo! I love Box Shows!
I finished my first box for the show (opening will be on August 3rd) and will take it over to the gallery tomorrow. I really like how it has turned out and, if no one else buys it, I certainly will. The annual Box Show is a fundraiser for the gallery so the boxes are bid on over a 6 week period.
Here's an image of my box - Blue Forest…Continue
Somehow people always think that if a group of artists work together that then there must automatically be some kind of organisation that coordinates it all. Well, in mail art there are many groups working together. These groups themselves also work together, but there is NO organisation that arranges all the things that go on in the mail art network. The I.U.O.M.A. is the Union that mail artists can become a member of. The Union has no rules. Everybody who is active in mail art and hears about the Union can become a member just by saying so.
In 1988 the idea of the IUOMA was born. I invented this name and made forms for people to become a member of this (fictive) union. About 300 mail artists reacted in a year, and official membership cards were made, even a official Union Magazine was published. Anybody who was a member of the Union could also claim a special function within the Union.
Even today, people still join the Union. And somehow it gives power, to say that YOU are a member of the International Union too. The Main address of the Union is at the TAM-address, P.O.Box 1055, 4801 BB - Breda - Netherlands. It is just the center for archiving all the things that are going on. But I am not in control of the Union. I just invented it. And to make it official, I made myself General-President of this Union. Sure was impressive when I travelled to the USSR in 1991 and went to visit some friends there who were also members of this Union........
Would anyone care to discuss the etiquette of online representations of mail art?Some of the pieces I've received (both personally and for a project that I'm currently involved in) are copyrighted. Is it acceptable to scan and make online galleries,…Continue
How many of you has this happened to? Between what countries?Don't you hate when mail is lost. Lost art. Lost communication.And it also sucks losing a little cash each time as it adds up.Lately I sent mail to Germany, Argentina and France that was…Continue
Hello Everyone:I'm looking for a member named NICK CANTERUCCI....he sent me two postcards, but no return address; can you help?He also wrote "The Almighty Zontar, and IUOMA Memphis.Would love to return something to him, but don't know how to find…Continue