Event Details


Time: June 3, 2018 at 2pm to August 1, 2018 at 12am
Location: Upstairs Arts Space
Street: 4601 N. High St. Suite 200
City/Town: Columbus, Ohio, USA
Website or Map: http://www.whitneyandventola.…
Event Type: mail, art, exhibition
Organized By: Chris Wells
Latest Activity: Feb 10

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Event Description

Please send visual poetry, however you define and practice it, for inclusion in VISPOSTAL, an exhibition to celebrate visual poetry in mail art. All forms of visual poetry are welcome, including but not limited to concrete poetry, typewriter art, asemic writing, calligraphy, found poetry, erasure poetry or other altered texts, and mixed-media works incorporating words, letters, and/or writing. Any technique welcome. 2-dimensional, A4/letter-sized or smaller preferred. No jury, no fees, no returns. Please no obscenity or overtly political/religious content. Documentation of the event, including a list of contributors, will be posted online (IUOMA-Ning and Facebook).

Please send up to three individual works to the following address, with “VISPOSTAL” written somewhere on your envelope/postcard or on the back of your artwork:

C. Wells
P.O. Box 230
Worthington, OH 43085-0230

The opening will be June 3, 2018, at the Upstairs Arts Space (4601 N. High St. Suite 200, Columbus, Ohio, USA). The works will be hung through July 2018.

Your work must be received by May 26, 2018, to be included.

More information about the Upstairs Arts Space:

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Comment by Tiina Kainulainen on February 8, 2018 at 8:14pm

8th of February, 2018: Visual Poetry for #VISPOSTAL in USA by Tiina from Finland http://www.tiinafromfinland.com/mail-art/vispostal/ #mailart #poetry

Comment by Keith S. Chambers on February 3, 2018 at 5:21am

Again Chris, no worries, I'm way past my rooster and beans era. Keep the kids entertained I say. But there'll be no jolly-balloons from this child. Just blue sky and irrelevancy. Onward.

Comment by Chris Wells on February 3, 2018 at 4:02am

I'm grateful for your participation, Keith. For now, read the guidelines, interpret them according to your taste, and send what you want. I'll figure it out as I go along. Looking forward!

Comment by Keith S. Chambers on February 3, 2018 at 3:42am

Define "obscene." Such a subjective subject. Of course there's the usual, anti-social deviations of violent acts [nobody wants to see that malarkey. Sexual interaction between two, or more, consenting adults is fine, right? I guess it boils down to the demographic. What's the temperature in Ohio?

No worries Chris. I think I've got this and seriously, I hate to bring-up politics and religion with folks. Such volatile subjects.

Comment by Chris Wells on February 3, 2018 at 3:37am

Thanks, Jim and Keith. These guidelines are not written in stone and I am still working with the venue to refine them. Send whatever visual poetry you strongly want to include as an example of the wide variety of vispoetic practices in mail art. I am going to do everything I can to make this event as open and inclusive as any mail art event should be.

Comment by Keith S. Chambers on February 3, 2018 at 3:05am

Jim, subliminally political content. Hit 'em where it counts, in the subconscious.

Sorry Chris, but I had to put it out there . . . no one will know until the crowds run rampant in the streets after opening night. No, not really. (yes Jim [covertly], yes Jim [covertly], yes Jim [covertly], no overtly political messages [subliminally, surreptitiously, covertly]. No worries Chris, we're good.

Comment by jim leftwich on February 2, 2018 at 7:29pm

no overtly political content? but the history of vispo in mail art is intensely and pervasively political. and we can only hope that the future will be similar.

it is 2018, and this show will be in the united states. you should insist on political content.

Comment by Chris Wells on February 2, 2018 at 3:53pm

This is also an event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1914513622194964/



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