I would like to have in this pages old Add and Pass with the Bath Tub with my image. In the beginning of the ninties I received and sent 4-5 BathTubAddandPasses everyday and it would be nice to know if/where they still remain nowadays.

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ADD and PASS: loved and hated from a pair of decades at least! Because at the end for all mailartists it is love and hatred. At the end of the eighties and first nineties I received one sheet every day and sometimes also four or five sheets a day: what a job to work on all of them, to duplicate and multi-plicate and to pass! Sometimes I had not freetime for the other projects. But my obsession was the sheet with a bathtub. You had to put inside your image or face between the other one of mailartists. Those bath tubs arrived and arrived again. And the predominant address was always the same: Locust Valley, Ray Johnson. I hated him because he never answered. Only some years after I knew that the idea of ADD and PASS was by Ray; he never answered to those sheets but now they take part to the history of Mailart. He generally did not answer to anybody and he continued to launch some news, but he collected all sheets he received: now they are the history of  Mailart. Fortunately I did not put them in the trash, as many Mailartists did. I added and passed so many times as possibile. 

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Comment by Henning Mittendorf on February 19, 2012 at 11:57am

Hi Tiziana! I looked through my add-and- pass-on-mail-art-pieces I kept as examples. (The main part of my archive I handed over as a gift to the Museum für Kommunikation in Frankfurt in 2004 as you know.) And I am sorry I didn't find your bath-tub piece, also no a halfway state one. Only a few other pieces.

But now and then I am getting add-and-pass-ons till today.

Greetings HeMi  

Comment by Ruud Janssen on February 18, 2012 at 5:29pm

that will be great!  I was in contact with arto posto in those years, so you might fins one that came from me.

Comment by Keith A. Buchholz on February 18, 2012 at 5:15pm

When I was sorting and identifying Mailart for the Chicago Art Institute last year, I found 8 of these in various stages of add & pass. They had all come from the papers of Arto Posto, and had been stored in boxes since the 80's. I found a lot of incomplete add & pass work there, I guess she didn't do them, & just left them in the envelopes.  I'll try and get scans of them the next time I'm there.


Comment by Ruud Janssen on February 17, 2012 at 7:30pm

good question. There is surely a new generation that is most active here.

Comment by TIZIANA BARACCHI on February 16, 2012 at 10:25pm

Hey Ruud,

are there too much young mailartists in IUOMA?

Comment by Ruud Janssen on February 15, 2012 at 7:57am

Anyone else have samples in digoytal form that they can share? There must be thousands of these in archives worldwide....!

Comment by Ruud Janssen on February 13, 2012 at 6:48pm

I have some that are started closer to Ray Johnson. Will look them up. Now I know where to look.

Comment by Ruud Janssen on February 13, 2012 at 6:39pm

Illustration 1 is an add-to-and-send project started by Ray Johnson and has been sent through the Correspondence Art Network for years. The bottom layer of each drawing shows a hand-drawn bath tub, often with a photograph of Johnson's head resting on the right end of the tub. Large upside down letters spelling "Bat Tub" loom over the tub. At the left bottom of the page Johnson printed upside down and in smaller letters, "Please add to and return to Ray Johnson," and in the lower right "Philip Guston's bath tub." Artists are invited to add their own art to the Bat Tub and send it on, eventually back to Johnson. Figure 1 is one of dozens of Bat Tubs I intervened upon and sent out over the years. In this version I added a photocopy of a group photograph of all the women artists who attended a panel held in September 2000 in conjunction with the Wexner Museum of Art's Ray Johnson Correspondences exhibition. The photo of the women standing side-by-side is cut out and glued to appear to be in the tub to the left of Johnson's head. I added pink and yellow paint around the tub. This example is one of probably thousands of variations by many artists on the Bat Tub project. I don't know when Johnson started the project, but I know that Bat Tub variations have been circulating since I became a correspondence artist in 1989 and that I received a photocopy version as recently as 2001 from Ruggero Maggi in Italy.

Comment by Ruud Janssen on February 13, 2012 at 6:24pm

cartoon bath tub filled with women mail artists and the head of Ray Johnson

Ray Road 2002
Photograph of women mail artists at the Fake Ray Johnson Weekend at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH in September 2001 collaged with Ray Johnson add-to-and-send project Philip Guston's Bat Tub. Created for the El Camino exhibition in Brazil

Comment by Ruud Janssen on February 13, 2012 at 6:17pm

Effects of the Internet on the Correspondence Art Network

Chapter 1: Introduction to mail art networking

A collage is a composition made from fragments of diverse elements glued together. Collage artists arrange the fragments to create internal tensions and balances that form new meanings. The purpose of this dissertation is to pull together fragments of interviews and observations, whole works of art, portions of web sites, and artists' attitudes to form a collage of the effects of the Internet on the Correspondence Art Network also known as the Mail Art Network.


cartoon bathtub with photos of women mail artists and Ray Johnson in the tub

Illustration 1: Bat Tub is an add-to-and-send project by Ray Johnson




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