The Mail Art Experiment

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The Mail Art Experiment

I just unearthed a stack of fantastic pages of handwritten experiments.  Inspired by my love of ledger art and the many talented artist who participated in the Philpott Lake Project (philpottlakeproject.tumblr.com), I am sending out a new mail art call!

So, here is the deal; I will send you a sheet of “the experiment” to alter and send back to me.  I will then scan the pieces and post them to themailartexperiment.tumblr.com.  I hope to also open a physical exhibit in Virginia in the Fall 2018.

I would like to present the mail art in a clean and cohesive manner, so I have a few more rules than last time. I will only be scanning and displaying the pages themselves. I do not plan to post envelopes or any additional pieces of art.  If there is any information that you would like to include (name, date, location, title) please incorporate it into the piece.  I would prefer that the pages remain unfolded, in portrait format and unaltered in size.

Enough rules!  There will be NO RESTRICTIONS on theme, content or medium, just keep in mind that your art may be displayed in a public place.

If you are interested in participating in The Experiment, please join the group and message me your address.  I will send you a page ASAP until I run out.  I have roughly 70 pages, so invite your friends!  This time around, I hope to produce a Thank You mailing early on in the game, so once I receive something from you, be on the lookout for something from me.

Thank you!  I look forward to seeing you in the mail.

Website: http://themailartexperiment.tumblr.com
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Comment by Keith S. Chambers on March 10, 2017 at 3:27am

Sounds fantastic. Do you still have room enough on that list for this

ol' child?

Comment by on March 9, 2017 at 12:48am

A magazine would be fantastic! It seems less common to have such a keepsake from shows or mail art calls, such a great thing to treasure and archive. I would happily pay for a copy. Thank you Diana for this project, I'm looking forward to participating.... I think may be as curator you could choose what you like for a cover or postcards from what comes back to you. 

Comment by Diana Hale on March 8, 2017 at 10:35pm

Thanks everyone!  I have labels typed up and the pages should go out next week.  I have been thinking of creating a magazine from all of the finished pieces that could be printed on demand (I wouldn't make any money off of it, if you wanted a copy, you could order one for less than $10).  Is that something anyone would be interested in?

Which leads to my second question of the day.  I think it would be wonderful to have a piece of artwork that incorporated the title to be used as the magazine cover and cropped to 4x6 for promotional postcards for the show.  Would anyone be interested in creating a cover/postcard piece?  I would be happy to send a second page so that you wouldn't be denied the opportunity to participate in the main portion of the project as well.

Comment by Mizael Contreras on March 8, 2017 at 9:35pm

Count me in...

Privada del Carmen #105-10

Lomas del Carmen

C.P.76114, Queretaro, Qro.

México

Comment by Brooke Cooks on March 5, 2017 at 5:30am
I'd like to play. Brooke Cooks 5456 35th Ave. SW, Seattle WA 98126.
Comment by TIZIANA BARACCHI on March 4, 2017 at 11:10pm

Count me in:

TIZIANA BARACCHI
via Cavallotti 83B
I-30171 VENEZIA MESTRE
ITALIA
Comment by Diana Hale on March 4, 2017 at 6:14pm

A big thanks to you all!  I was frankly freakin' giddy to see all of your responses this morning.  Please be patient with me, it may take me a couple of weeks to start sending these out.  I am waiting on a few elements for the initial packets.

Carmela, to answer your question, there is no set deadline.  I am considering this a bit of an ongoing experiment.  I expect all of the pages that will come back to me will arrive before a potential show next fall.

Comment by Richard Canard on March 4, 2017 at 5:28pm

04.03.17 Dare Ms. Diana Hale, ...what a great "eye" you have & this stack of handwritten experiments sounds as if it is full of of lots of potential. In fact, I'll go so far to say that "if in the end"... & if it doesn't prove well worthwhile--- it's because the rest of us just didn't come through for you. It's no easy task to conceive, curate, etc., etc, such an undertaking.  I thought  The Philpott Lake Project  was well done & yes, please include me as well in this new project. Thank you for all that you do. Richard Canard, 409 S. Emerald Lane, Carbondale, Illusion 62901-2140. 

Comment by Ficus strangulensis on March 4, 2017 at 4:05pm

Hello, Diana, and thanx4 the invite. As an organic chemist, experiments are my 'thing'. My address is on my page and you sent me mail art previously so I hope that's not too much more work than me repeating it in these comments. Please let me know if you'd like it repeated here.

Y'r ol' Bud,

Fike

Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on March 4, 2017 at 10:13am

Yes, Diane, send to me, too.

Address on my profile page and on the mail art that was sent to you

just yesterday! :-)

 

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