IUOMA MOBMA (Museum of Bad Mail Art)


IUOMA MOBMA (Museum of Bad Mail Art)

I frequent thrift stores looking for frames and canvases that I can re-use. I find something sad and intriguing about the handmade art that finds its' way into the donation piles.  As an offshoot of the amazing Museum of Bad Art  (MOBA) http://www.museumofbadart.org/

I am hoping we can assemble a unique collection of the ugliest reject art out there. This can be one you find, something you have made, bad industrial art for the masses, or mail art flunks.  There is beauty in imperfection.

Location: anywhere
Members: 73
Latest Activity: Dec 6, 2017

Discussion Forum

What is, actually, Bad Art?

Started by Mail Art Martha. Last reply by Mail Art Martha Nov 22, 2017. 4 Replies


Found in NYC

Started by Jim SantAmour. Last reply by Linda Pelati Nov 26, 2013. 14 Replies

Not so much the hair as it is those clowns that is disturbing.

First Annual Bad Art Super Competitive Competition

Started by DKULT. Last reply by Susan McAllister Dec 13, 2012. 9 Replies

An esteemed panel of judge and art critic, have decided that a bad art competition would be in order.  Please send me, via snail or email, your intentionally created bad art, mail or otherwise. (My…Continue

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Comment by vizma bruns on July 2, 2013 at 9:00am

Brilliant!! I think we need a photo of you wearing it, Thom, and that can be a collaborative entry!!

Comment by Thom Courcelle on July 2, 2013 at 12:25am

Here is a piece submit by Cardboard Lamborghini that I think should be entered in this month's competition.  It came to my mailbox intended for last month's round, but arrived past the deadline and announcement of the winners.  It's not a portrait, per say, but it's something to COVER someone's living portrait (face)...

I would like to note that this large papier maché mask arrived AS IS through the mail!!!!!  The address and stamps were on the inside/back of the hand-made mask:

Sorry I haven't been able to post pictures, sooner, Cardboard!  But quite a fabulous and amazing naked mail art feat!!!

Comment by Jim SantAmour on June 27, 2013 at 9:26pm

..or in other words (and to sound a bit more erudite...)

"malae ars longa, vita brevis"

Comment by DKULT on June 27, 2013 at 8:21pm
Comment by DKULT on June 27, 2013 at 8:08pm

lol--perfectly said Thom   Bad art is the crowd pleaser--look at any doctor's office

Comment by Thom Courcelle on June 27, 2013 at 7:58pm

That was the best analogy EVER, Diane.  So then--Bad Mail Art is like Wonderbread...  It just LOOKS like bread, but there ain't much to it... and it's cheap.

Great aphorism, Jim!!

Welcome Andrea!

Comment by DKULT on June 27, 2013 at 6:27pm

Jim=--so you are saying that bad art, like twinkies, has an eternal shelf life? I definately tend to think of bad art as more synthetic vs. organic. Maybe that's wrong, but if good art is sprouted whole wheat grain, then bad art is refined and bleached white flour--nothing redeeming about it other than it's tasty and hard to ignore

Comment by DKULT on June 27, 2013 at 3:46pm

LOL Jim--well said. Welcome Andrea!!!!!  For those of you who don't know Andrea--she is one of the funniest people I've ever met. Andrea--portraits are the theme but Rebecca includes any and all bad art.

Comment by Andrea Jay on June 27, 2013 at 4:01am

Thank you for adding me!  I hope to create bad mail art soon!!!

Comment by Jim SantAmour on June 27, 2013 at 1:26am

Bad art knows no deadlines...however, deadlines have been known to contribute to bad art...


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