Richard Canard
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  • Carbondale, Illinois
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Latest Activity

Richard Canard commented on Toni Hanner -- tonipoet's photo

Diana Hale's Mail Art Experiment

"18.03.17 Double Dare Ms. Toni H., ...oh (again), I never thought of that---the subtractive approach just might work--but then, I'll come up with something (such as it is & whatever it is----much ado about nothing). It is a a privilege &…"
Mar 19
Richard Canard commented on Toni Hanner -- tonipoet's photo

Diana Hale's Mail Art Experiment

"18.03.17 Dare Ms. Toni H., ...oh, you got much more free space to "work/play" with than I did. Mine is all script with no drawings --- but of course, "them's the breaks" & or "no problem". ...& my…"
Mar 18
Richard Canard commented on Dentellebleue's photo

A la manière de... F. Hundertwasser

"16.03.17 Dare Ms. Dentellebleue,  ...what's all the excitement???'s just more of that  that skillful, feminine,  qualitative, provocative mail art.  SinCelery, Richard C."
Mar 16
Richard Canard commented on jesse edwards's photo

x marks the spot copy

"13.02.17 Dare Jesse E.,  ... Wow!!!  Rich & powerful turn everything into a mandala. SinCelery, Richard C."
Mar 13
Richard Canard commented on Mail Art Martha's photo

Ryosuke Cohen

"12.03.17 Dare Ms. Martha & Ms. Patricia L., ...a time lapse video?  What a good idea & no doubt, watching Ryosuke C. at work would be fascinating but it would just go on forever... SinCelery, Richard C."
Mar 12
Richard Canard commented on Li Araki's blog post Remembering Pauline Boty March6,1938- July1 1966
"06.03.17 Dare Ms. Li Araki, ...& I thought I knew a little something about "Pop Art"---even a little something about "British Pop Art"... but of course, I didn't know  anything about  Pauline Boty. Thanks for…"
Mar 7
Richard Canard commented on Diana Hale's group The Mail Art Experiment
"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…"
Mar 4
Richard Canard joined Diana Hale's group

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 (, 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…See More
Mar 4
Richard Canard commented on Mary Wheeler's photo


"03.03.17 Dare Ms. Mary W. & Mister Stan A., ...nice mailing of rock formation profiles & if I may add this little tid-bit:---- that top B&W postcard "Old man in the Mountain"(Never actually saw it but I've seen postcard…"
Mar 3
Richard Canard commented on Amy Irwen's blog post Meeah Williams.USA.02.2017
"23.02.17 Dare Ms. Amy Irwin, ... I do back-over flips when & if I get a mailing from Meeah Williams.  Sincelery, Richard Canard"
Feb 24
Richard Canard commented on Ficus strangulensis's photo


"13.02.17 Dare Ficus S., ...You create more dynamic creatures than 'Sci-Art-Fi' Hollywood.  Is Ficus strangulensis the Salvador Dali Pardon Lama of Mail Art ??? Sincelery, Richard C."
Feb 13
Richard Canard commented on mafer's photo

Illustration on used teabag

"13.02.17 Dare Ms. Mafer, ... pushing the boundaries of finite 'trashpo' here. Sincelery, Richard C."
Feb 13
Richard Canard commented on Richard BAUDET's photo

Thank you Quinn Buckler

"13.02.17 Dare Mizael C., ... whatdayamean "Eeew"??? I suppose you are one of those "softie" football players that always remembers to pop in his  mouthpiece instead of letting it  just dangle off the facebar? ?... Huh?…"
Feb 13
Richard Canard commented on De Villo Sloan's blog post Karnival of Trash Mail Art Call: Non-GMO Trashpo by Vikki Johnson (Morrison, Colorado, USA)
"11.02 17 Dare De Villo S., ...ah, yes---"Irene Dogmatic". ... I  remember her well. Apparently it is possible that all this mailart nonsense can lead to some good fine art end. Sincelery, Richard C."
Feb 11
Richard Canard commented on PAOLA GAIDOLFI's photo

my worst mail art-1

"03.02.17 Dare Paola Gaidolfi, ... Welcome to my world. Sincelery, Richard Canard"
Feb 3
Richard Canard replied to Heleen de Vaan's discussion Cavellini for sale via Catawiki. What do you think? in the group Mail-Art and Money
"30.01.17 DareMs. Heleen de V., ... Is mail art chicken feed or a nest egg?  Sincelery, Richard C."
Jan 30

Profile Information

Mail-Artist since:
Early 60's
My Website:
Why I am involved in Mail-Art:
Initially pure folly. Nowadays I visit the IUOMA practically everyday as if it were a part of the oatmeal routine.
My Mail-Adress (snail and/or E-mail)
409 South Emerald Lane - Carbondale, Illusion-62901-2140 U.S.A. .........

03.20.11 Dare Ruud Janssen, Obviously (I suppose), I have no website here--just  random stacks of those cardboard boxes  (& seldom (if ever) do I utilize the email address). My admission into your fold is a result of that "ning" thing (plus your generosity) & the only way that I could find to continue participating in your Marvelous & Grand Service --the I.U.O.M.A. Thank you. I am (& have long been) appreciative  of your prophetic & thoughtful insight toward the phenomenon of correspondence art ("mail art")-----was it John Evans that first used that term?  In any event, I find the IUOMA to be a  joyous & convenient  source for checking in on the "state of the art." Of course, I am always interested  in the mail but I am not seeking more ,more, more --- I already owe a thousand postcards & letters (things are kinda winding down here). Also, it is not likely that I will be posting a photo (or photos). That stock image of a "stump", "block of wood","chip off the old block" seems to work just fine. All best to you & yours & the IUOMA! Richard Canard

Richard Canard's Blog

05.06.14 Dare Ms. Diane K., That stuff that fills the plastic bubbles is called "Trash Champagne." Sin sincerely, Richard Canard

Posted on June 5, 2014 at 5:54pm 1 Comment

05.06.14 Dare Ms. Diane K., That stuff that fills the plastic bubbles is called "Trash Champagne." Sin sincerely, Richard Canard


Today's mail...

Posted on February 12, 2014 at 6:57pm 0 Comments

!2.02.14  Today I received a postcard from Ms. Angie Cope that reads:....... "I think IUOMA is a metaphor for life.  Wait--maybe not--But when I go there I feel like everything I see and read is so cool but is just the tip of the iceberg. So many blogs and comments buried--waiting to be discovered...rediscovered."..... Now, isn't that a terrific valentine for Ruud Janssen & all of us here at the IUOMA??? 

Da Beatles

Posted on February 8, 2014 at 5:47pm 1 Comment

08.02.14 Dare USPS & the IUOMA,  I understand that it's been half a century now (Yesterday)  since "The Beatles" first discovered America...& I can't tell you exactly what followed but I do know that I was not the only one  responsible.... Anyway, late at night (after I turn out the light) I am perfectly willing to admit that part of the blame is mine.  .....the walrus, richard canard 

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At 6:01am on July 26, 2016, Toni Hanner -- tonipoet said…

Yippee! I got home from vacation and found two postcards from you! Poems and trash--hurray!!! I will get something back to you soonly!

At 12:38am on January 29, 2016, Lucky Pierre said…
Coyote is a legendary trickster, n'est-ce pas?
At 6:07pm on December 7, 2015, Ruud Janssen said…

Dear Richard C.  When I post a letter and there isn't enough postage on it, I get a message from the postal office and can actually see the proof: a scan of the letter. When they are right, I have to pay the postage due. In mail-art cases sometimes the computer is wrong, ans the scan proves the postage was correct. So the digitizing of our mail-art in the Netherlands is already done and I do get glances of it now and then. The postal office just loves to scan our mail and see if we pay the fee......

At 2:40am on December 6, 2015, Claire (aka Cleo) said…

Hey Richard, "Friend" me! Please!!! (I wanna message ya...)

At 1:21am on October 15, 2015, jon foster said…

Richard...I came into a box of mail-art from the Winston Salem show in 1979. Can you give me any information about this show, or point me in the right direction? My goal is to share all of the art and I want a little backstory to go along with it. Thanks guy!

At 7:48am on November 16, 2014, Richard Canard said…

16.11.14 Dare Mister Shab Levy, ...& thanks for your response... & again I repeat: I have never sent anything to Ms. Koshgarian  & as you say, it was "a general remark"...which of course was my point....(I placed myself right in the meddling middle).Please understand that there are no problems here as far as I'm concerned...I am naught but a clown  & seriously interested in bad jokes  & "shabby" art. I did manage to check out your website, however ( & what a stark contrast  we are). You sir, are obviously a disciplined, technically skilled  & accomplished artist. I also enjoyed viewing your comprehensive visual Art History Section (a few new inserts for me but was also surprised not to see any reference to Joseph Cornell or Ray Johnson...(but then, you did make it clear that it was incomplete). & as far as your viewing my own so-called "creations" on the web are concerned-- I must confess that  I can barely use the electronic mouse & have no website....but most artists & quasi-serious mail artists can usually be found fairly easily. Sinsneerly, Richard Canard    

At 11:50pm on November 15, 2014, Shab Levy said…

Dear Mr. Canard,

I know Karen from an art-book group that we belonged to and I am sure that she wasn't commenting on your creativity or quality of work, rather as a general remark. Please let me know where I can see some of your creations on the web.

Shab Levy

At 1:57am on October 22, 2014, Susan McAllister said…
Thanks for the delightful card. To me it looked like a fish eating a big mouthful of spaghetti. I am pleased to have inspired you.
At 7:03pm on April 23, 2013, Cassandra Gallagher said…

Richard, thank you ten fold for the lovely postcard you sent. It's simplicity speaks volumes and I'm glad you used my favorite quote too. I will be glad to send something special in return. Until then, all best.

At 7:35pm on March 20, 2011, Ruud Janssen said…
Well Richard, Thanks for joining in. Even when it is just to see the state of being (he is actually also arround here somewhere. I too owe a lot of people a reply, but mostly send just out to who I want and randomly. That fits my networking better than just trying to answer all (which I can't manage).



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