WHO KNEW MICHAEL VOO DOO?

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WHO KNEW MICHAEL VOO DOO?

"WHO KNEW MICHAEL VOO DOO?" is the question that appeared on the edge of an envelope that I received from Adam Roussopoulos (detail pictured to the left), and after finding out just a handful of facts, I'd like to know more about this enigmatic mail artist.

Michael Voo Doo was a prolific mid-1980s to 90s  mail artist/collagist situated in Lake Park, FL.

Within the bounds of the TOS (Terms of Service for the Ning), it would be wonderful to have recollections of Michael Voo Doo posted in this discussion, along with examples of his work -- which was described as macabre on one website.

Factsheet Five 39 (1990 Dec) reported him in their mailart News list in the following manner:

•Weird stuff continues to emanate from Michael Voodoo (PO Box 12461, Lake Park, FL 33403), now including snazzy business cards to go along with his disturbing and enigmatic collages.

So who out there knew Michael Voo Doo? Please let us know!

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Comment by Ruud Janssen on September 22, 2019 at 8:09am

Comment by Ruud Janssen on September 22, 2019 at 8:09am

Comment by Ruud Janssen on September 22, 2019 at 8:06am

from the discussion:

Permalink Reply by Adam Roussopoulos on Wednesday Delete

I came across this original artistamp collaboration a while back. I was aware of everyone on the sheet except for Voo doo. When I started researching him, I could find VERY little. Only that he participated in mail art for a VERY short period of time, was incredibly prolific and macabre in subject matter. 

Comment by Ruud Janssen on September 22, 2019 at 8:02am
Five collections of mail art gathered by Bern Porter from his own collection (sometimes sent c/o his Institute for Advanced Thinking) and those of fellow mail artists John Pyros (c/o the Epistolary Stud Farm), Carlo Pittore (né Charles Stanley), Robert Saunders and Jay Yager. Highlights are the original contributions submitted to Pryos, Saunders and Yager for inclusion in mail art exhibitions they curated. Also noteworthy are letters sent to Pittore, Pyros and Saunders, which often mention the mail art network and the work and personal life of the corresponding artist.
Each series is arranged alphabetically by artist with folders of announcements and invitations to participate in mail art exhibitions and projects filed chronologically at the end. Many of the artists, who hail from countries throughout the world, are located in more than one series. Artists represented include Reed Altemus, Vittore Baroni, Mark Bloch, Monte Cantsin, David Cole, Peter M. Craigie, Eric Finlay, John Held, Jürgen Olbrich, Steve Random, Lon Spiegelman, Michael VooDoo, Chuck Welch and Chris Winkler.
There is very little of Porter's own work within this archive. More of his mail art collection dated from 1978 to 1984 can be found in the Jean Brown papers (Special Collections accn. no. 890164).
Comment by Ruud Janssen on September 22, 2019 at 7:58am
Comment by Ruud Janssen on September 22, 2019 at 7:56am

One of mail art's most prolific (circa 1985) & macabre collagists, in one year alone he might send out 8000 pieces of mail. All works included are bold, referential & surprisingly accurate depicitions of figurative entropy.

link: https://xexoxial.org/is/xerolage2/by/michael_voodoo

 

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