Remembering liketelevisionsnow (1954-2016)


Remembering liketelevisionsnow (1954-2016)

Remembering liketelevisionsnow.

January 25, 2016 - Yesterday many mail artists were shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the passing of liketelevisionsnow aka Max Shellman. His wife Sharon Sapar Malenfant issued a statement on the Max Shellman Facebook page:

"Sharing the sad news of my husband Jeff's passing on Thursday evening, Jan. 21 after a 15 year battle with progressive muscular atrophy, a rare motor neuron disease.

"We shared a 35-year journey of love, growth and discovery that gave us the strength to carry on. Jeff was a photographer, artist and part of a huge online arts community. He loved to use other personas in his artwork and was known as Max Shellman and liketelevisionsnow to many whose work he supported and encouraged. There has been so much love and kindness expressed from his fellow artists around the world, and I am deeply appreciative. I'm also grateful for family and friends who have reached out and wrapped their loving arms around me at this time, as well as their support in recent years.

"Jeff's wishes were to be cremated and, in the spring, we will journey back to his hometown of Wakefield, Rhode Island for a celebration of his life and lay him to rest in Riverside Cemetery beside the Saugutucket River."

Sharon also wrote in another statement:

"Jeff loved all of you and the friendships he was able to have with you online. You shared his artist heart, his humor, his sense of life, and it made him a happier person. One of his greatest joys was supporting, nourishing and encouraging the creative work of others, which in turn inspired him.

"He never told any of you that he had a rare degenerative motor neuron disease called Progressive Muscular Atrophy. He was diagnosed about 15 years ago and slowly began to lose the use of his arms, and then his legs. I quit my job 5 years ago to stay home as he became bedbound, unable to walk or sit up unaided. He didn't want any of his artist friends online to know. It was irrelevant to him and not worth wasting time discussing. He was more interested in creating his art, encouraging others, publishing books and magazines, and coming up with new ideas for projects."

liketelevisionsnow was a wonderful friend online and in the mail for the last five years. His work will live on in the Eternal Network.

(by De Villo Sloan - USA)

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Comment by Carina on January 27, 2016 at 9:49pm

"Portrait of Inspector #15". Work by liketelevisionsnow, 2012.

Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on January 27, 2016 at 9:00pm

He was an inspiration,

the wind beneath our wings...

The Peace Crane Project for Japan

Comment by Mado Reznik on January 27, 2016 at 7:55pm

I will remember Max - liketelevisionsnow as a great artist and friend. He published a series of ephemera collages I made last year in Re<>Dux

He was such a generous person always encouraging people around to make and show!

Comment by Ruud Janssen on January 27, 2016 at 7:36pm

liketelevisionsnow is a sculptor, video artist, installation artist, conceptual artist and poet/soundscape composer. His latest projects, in addition to his book "My Public and Concrete Alibi" co-authored with friend and artist Yannick Dangin Leconte, have included investigating the use of video to further extend the potential of Mail Art. He was recently a part of the Fluxus #4/#5 Exhibition in Texas curated by the British artist Cecil Touchon, and the Fluxus St. Louis exhibit held in July 2010.

Comment by Thom Courcelle on January 27, 2016 at 7:30pm

These stamps will go on my mailings in celebration of liketelevisionsnow/Max/Jeff. Feel free to download and use! (No real stamp value--you must use full postage rate in addition to these stamps for your mailings…) Condolences and blessings to Sharon and Jeff's family. Now the real dance begins...

Comment by Ruud Janssen on January 27, 2016 at 7:27pm

We are saddened, at the Hyde Bridge Gallery, to hear of the death from motor neurone disease, of Max Shelmann, AKA Jeff, AKA liketelevisionsnow.
Jeff was an online artist of repute, and a stalwart member of the International Union of Mail Artists. His pieces under the name "liketelevisionsnow", were humourous and pithy. He sent three postcard pieces to the "Happy Birthday Mr Yeats" exhibition marking WB Yeats`s 149th birthday in Sligo. We were delighted to receive them.
He had a wonderful mind, and will be missed.

Comment by Ruud Janssen on January 27, 2016 at 7:25pm

His Re<>Dux

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Comment by Ruud Janssen on January 27, 2016 at 7:23pm

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