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R.I.P. Steven Donald Dalachinsky

Posted by Visual Mom on September 17, 2019 at 3:30am 3 Comments

I received this collaged postcard from Steve Dalachinsky this month, but didn't get around to a reply before he passed away yesterday. He said he didn't have a lot of mail art correspondents anymore, but we knew Steve personally because of shared poetry circles, where Steve was a shining star. Our son crossed paths with Steve at Sun Ra Arkestra earlier on the same day he experienced a stroke. Later that day he performed his poetry at "A Book About Death" 10th Anniversary Exhibit at Islip Art…

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A huge thank you to Gerda Osteneck in Sasketchewan, Canada

Posted by Debra Mulnick on September 16, 2019 at 6:35pm 0 Comments

This thick packet of delicacies arrived a few weeks ago.  It includes a sampling of handmade papers that Gerda created this summer - most of which include linen, rayon and other fabrics as well as more conventional fibers used to make “paper”.  

They are all so beautiful tho the one I love most is the front dark blue square made of rayon &…

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Fabulous Fluxus-York Collage from Mary Anne

Posted by Carmen Kennedy on September 16, 2019 at 3:00pm 0 Comments

Envelope arrived even without crucial first number of street address...thank you to the post office employees.

Open sesame...instructions on the back for opening:…

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blog the seventh: air mails

Posted by Mary Anne on September 16, 2019 at 2:10am 0 Comments

I have a great liking for artistamps and keep any that come my way in a set of four albums.  Luckily the standard size spring-back album, although a little old fashioned, is just the right size to accommodate full sheets, as well as pages of individual stamps, cards and envelopes,  so the whole thing gets to look better and better with each passing month.

Amongst the pages is this one full, not of artistamps per say, but of imitation air mail labels.  I wish I could find more as they…

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Received Mail from Sam Price

Posted by Jorge Martin on September 14, 2019 at 2:55pm 4 Comments

I've received the most amazing envelope-collage ever, from the awesome Sam Price. Look at all the stuff going on in there!! I absolutely love it.

Incoming: Surreal Alchemy, Jean Jackson, Cracker Jack Kid

Posted by William M on September 14, 2019 at 9:18am 9 Comments

A fun card of revolution from the Subreal Alchemy. I've only seen 3 or 4 from the list of films.…



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Blog the sixth: A cascade from Cascadia

Posted by Mary Anne on September 14, 2019 at 8:22am 0 Comments

I have had a sudden windfall - an embarrassment of riches from the  Postmaster General of Cascadia - enough to warrant a whole blog though I will only post a few images, partly because I am sure most of the stamps and cards will have already been noted and partly because I would rather be away from this infernal machine and busy on more mail.

First, I will post the envelopes because I think most stamp designers (or other mail artists too I dare say) have an interest in seeing how…

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Steve Random collaboration!

Posted by Adam Roussopoulos on September 14, 2019 at 1:45am 0 Comments

  1. I came across a sheet of 4x5 negatives that I had done in college. On the sleeve I had written "Random MCAD 2002". That same day I had recieved a letter from Steve Random, and while piecing together my response i decided to include the sheet of negatives I had come across because I found it amusing that they said "random", i added a old library slip and sent it. This is the outcome. We each had it twice and I am thrilled with the results. The pics are kinda crappy, bit negatives suck…
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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........

Today online on Ning there are thousands of members. On December 2nd 2018 the 5000th member joined in.

 

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R.I.P. Steven Donald Dalachinsky

I received this collaged postcard from Steve Dalachinsky this month, but didn't get around to a reply before he passed away yesterday. He said he didn't have a lot of mail art correspondents anymore, but we knew Steve personally because of shared…See More
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"By now many in the network have heard of the sad passing of the great Steve Dalachinsky of NYC. He was one of the great contemporary mail artists, a jazz musician, poet, visual poet who impacted many of us. I feel very fortunate that I included two…"
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6° EVENTO DE ARTE CORREO EN EL MAC at MUSEO DE ARTE CAÑADENSE - Cañada de Gómez/Argentina

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Mail Artists Addresses?

Started by Litsa Spathi / NOBODY in Mail-Art Information. Last reply by res nullius aka. "res" 12 hours ago. 526 Replies

I think, it would be very imteresting to have a mailing list of all of us.

Mail art projects

Started by Dimitra Papatheodorou in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Mary Anne 20 hours ago. 5 Replies

I would like to ask whether the mail artists organising a mail art project usually send a reply to the artist who takes part in the project? Is their reply a mail art, a simple e-mail or no reply at all. Is there a documentation? What is your…Continue

AML? Is it still extant...?

Started by S. A. Walker in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Mary Anne on Friday. 11 Replies

The last time I was a member of IUOMA, I was still involved with mailart thru the AML List (Artists' Mailing List?).  We sent "anniversary" stamps to one another, I recall.  The last one I made was for the 10th anniversary in 2009.  Does this list…Continue

What’s your favorite kind of mail-art?

Started by Cherub Ayers in Mail-Art Discussions. Last reply by Carolyn Cline Sep 8. 9 Replies

Hello, what are your favorite types of mail art to receive? What is your leave favorite kind?Continue

Oh, dear. Have I maybe overdone the grimdark on this one piece?

Started by Vel Crowe in Mail-Art Discussions. Last reply by Pam McVay Sep 4. 3 Replies

 Early this afternoon our friend Lamar came to visit, and i showed him a few of my recent postcards that i was about to go drop in the mailbox He said they were cool lookin'.... Then he came to a certain one that i was actually proud how it came out…Continue

MOOP:JOURNALS

Started by Jennifer Wallace in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Mary Anne Sep 3. 1 Reply

Not my own project, but one I've just signed up for. It's limited to the UK, though.CALL-OUT: Be part of our…Continue

Carl T. Chew - RCBz - Reid Wood, IDENTITY OF ARTIST / Marginal Active Resistances Two

Started by Giovanni Bonanno in Mail-Art Projects Aug 22. 0 Replies

Pavilion Lautania Virtual Valley / Spazio Ophen Virtual Art MuseumCarl T.  Chew - RCBz - Reid  WoodIDENTITY OF ARTIST / Marginal Active Resistances TwoTre proposte  internazionali indipendenti con un testo di Sandro  Bongiani presentate in…Continue

Tags: Spazio, Contemporanea, Arte, Ophen, Virtual

Italy /Convocazione Internazionale di Arte Postale “ Omaggio a Fausto Paci - Ambasciatore Cavelliniano"

Started by Giovanni Bonanno in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Ilya Semenenko-Bassin Jul 19. 1 Reply

Convocazione Internazionale di Arte Postale “ Omaggio a Fausto Paci - Ambasciatore Cavelliniano  in occasione del suo 95° compleanno…Continue

Tags: Boschi, Pier, Anna, Spagnuolo, Lucia

I'm back!

Started by Tammy Riggins in Mail-Art Discussions. Last reply by Tiny Whisk Jul 19. 1 Reply

Hello everyone!I'm new but not new. Took a long break from mail art and ready to get started again. If you want to exchange I'll be glad to do so. I'm not so much into themes and addons; I just like to see what surprises show up in my mailbox. Will…Continue

Outgoing envelope pics

Started by Samantha Price in Mail-Art Discussions. Last reply by Samantha Price Jul 2. 7 Replies

To all who post their outgoing mail art, specifically addressed envelopes, i invite u 2 be mindful & consider waiting 2 post ur pics until its received buy the recipient. iv’e seen a few pieces 4 me this past week alone & honestly, it really…Continue

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