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IS SIZE IMPORTANT IN CONTEMPORARY ART?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ian C Dengler Sep 27, 2014. 17 Replies

It seems to be, ie the bigger the canvas the 'better' it is perceived to be, the more likely it is to be in important (museum) collections, the more money it will get at auctions, the more fame will…Continue

TODAY IS THE FIRST INTERNATIONAL VINYL ART DAY

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gü Jun 17, 2014. 4 Replies

TODAY'S THE DAY!16 June, 2014, is going to  be celebrated by Vinyl Artists everwhere.For more…Continue

AN INSANE FRENCH ARTIST?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Prairie Kittin Oct 22, 2014. 14 Replies

The following story appeared in today's UK "Daily Telegraph":COCK-A- DOODLE OOH.... A MAN WHO SUFFERED FOR HIS ARTA South African performance artist who tied a live rooster to his penis during an…Continue

New VINYL ART Group!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Valentine Mark Herman Jan 31, 2015. 20 Replies

Would you like to join me in a new Group called 'VINYL ART'?I suspect that many of you, like me, have somewhere in your house/garage/attic a collection of old Vinyl records that you have probably not…Continue

 

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Jennifer Wallace commented on Valentine Mark Herman's group BORING POSTCARDS
"Wow, Valentine (or do you prefer Val) - they're wonderful! But it looks as if the Postal History Boutique Group has gone into hibernation. A pity?"
1 hour ago
Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) commented on Valentine Mark Herman's group Group for Cat-Lovers
"Ali Khat and friends are in lockdown for Covid virus: thank you, Mail Art Martha!"
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Valentine Mark Herman commented on Valentine Mark Herman's group BORING POSTCARDS
"Thanks Jennifer. (Take a look at the Postal History Boutique Group, now run by Angie and Snooky, that I started in 2011 that looks at some of these 'historical' questions) I think that Reginald Bray was the first Mail Artist in the IUOMA…"
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Group for Cat-Lovers

A group for people who love Cats -- everyone's invited to join, and their cats, of course. We welcome all Cat lovers and any and all Mail Art that features anything about Cats or Kats. Group formerly known as Katerina Nikoltsou.See More
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Jennifer Wallace commented on Valentine Mark Herman's group BORING POSTCARDS
"19th century mail art - early in Mr Bray's lifetime, but when did he first start on testing out the postal service?"
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Valentine Mark Herman commented on Valentine Mark Herman's group BORING POSTCARDS
"Hi Katerina! I'm impressed. Very impressed. First, that you have kept the card for almost 60 years. Second, that you have kindly sent it to me. Third, that you must have had the makings of a mail artist when you were in high school -- you must…"
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Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) commented on Valentine Mark Herman's group BORING POSTCARDS
"Yes, indeedy, Val, that one postcard from Canada was sent to me when I was in high school , (it is postmarked 11 July 1961) and I was living in the town of Cicero, which borders on the Chicago city limits. Sooo, let's say that it is "sent…"
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Valentine Mark Herman commented on Valentine Mark Herman's group BORING POSTCARDS
"THREE (OR FOUR?) FROM KATERINA Three (or Four?) sets of thanks, Katerina. 1. Jasper Park Lodge, Alberta, Canada The Lodge is in the Jasper National Park...."A renowned resort in the Canadian Rockies, the Lodge offers the finest in Western…"
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Bradford replied to Valentine Mark Herman's discussion BLACK AND WHITE ENTRANTS -- 1st INTERNATIONAL BORING POSTCARD DAY in the group BORING POSTCARDS
"Cabinet au Beau Rivage?"
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Valentine Mark Herman commented on Valentine Mark Herman's group BORING POSTCARDS
" A BORING POSTCARD FROM FINLAND Kiitos No Idea! Identifiable Old Car and ultimately unidenifiable Dog The car is a 1902 Beaufort (racing model). The photo was taken in The UK. I asked IDID (our International Dog Identification Department) what…"
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Sabela Baña commented on Valentine Mark Herman's group Group for Cat-Lovers
"I received of Katerina Nikoltsou All cats are wonderfull. Thanks Katerina"
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Sabela Baña commented on Valentine Mark Herman's group Group for Cat-Lovers
"I received envelope from Katerina Nikoltsou"
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Sabela Baña commented on Valentine Mark Herman's group Group for Cat-Lovers
"I received  envelope from Katerina Nikoltou "
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Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) commented on Valentine Mark Herman's group Group for Cat-Lovers
"Pam McVay sent CatMali:"
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Valentine Mark Herman commented on Valentine Mark Herman's blog post PORTRAIT OF MARY -- an add-and-pass project inspired by Yoko Ono that needs a Mary to get it started
"'Why pass the Fluxus buck?',Mary Anne. Because I was waiting for a 'real' Mary like yourself or a Merry one, like Bradford, to emerge, and start this going. (Or not)"
Jul 2
Bradford commented on Valentine Mark Herman's blog post PORTRAIT OF MARY -- an add-and-pass project inspired by Yoko Ono that needs a Mary to get it started
"I'm known as Merry Bradford in some circles."
Jul 1

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Mail-Artist since:
1952 (when I sent a "Thankyou for my Birthday Present' to my Grandma, and illustrated it with a little drawing). Since then my Mail Art history has been, well, interesting
My Website (without http://):
http://www.val-herman-art.eu
Why I am involved in Mail-Art:
Well, it's like this, Doc. I've got this thing about the Postlady....
My Mail-Adress (snail and/or E-mail)
billytulip1956@yahoo.com
1 Rue de la Vieille Fontaine, F-11130 Sigean, France

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PORTRAIT OF MARY -- an add-and-pass project inspired by Yoko Ono that needs a Mary to get it started

Posted on July 1, 2020 at 4:50am 6 Comments

Yoko Ono was a supporter, but declined to bcome a member, of the early Fluxus movement. She embraced various dAdA ideas.

Her seminal book Grapefruit (1962) contained many references to the use of the mail to advance conceptual art, including the 'Portrait of Mary' below.

There are 28 'Mary's' currently members of IUOMA (including variations on the name…

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FOR NO IDEA'S MINI MAIL ART GROUP

Posted on March 28, 2020 at 4:03pm 0 Comments

Hi!

Please look at the Arty Slide International Group which I started in 2012. It was as Mini as I could think of then. We held 2 good Slide Art exhibitions in France. I still have the Arty Slides (somewhere!) that IUOMA colleagues contributed. Bianca has died, alas. I have gained a Stidio and moved to bigger bits of art.

Here is the text that started it all:…

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WHAT IS HAPPENING TO YOUR NATIONAL MAIL SYSTEM?

Posted on March 19, 2020 at 5:03pm 28 Comments

I wonder what is happening to your national mail system?

In my small village in the South of France, there is sporadic delivery of mail. The local Post Office is closed, and people are directed to one about 10 miles away -- but there is a 'lockdown' on almost all travel, and it's far from clear that a trip to this Post Office to send off some Mail Art would be accepted by the authorities (and, if not, would result in a €135/$150 fine).

The only shop that sells stamps in the…

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Neil Innes, RIP. Doo-Dah and Dada

Posted on January 2, 2020 at 6:35pm 1 Comment

Neil Innes died just before Christmas.

He wrote the music and many of the lyrics for the Monty Python TV series and films.

He also played in a number of groups, one of which -- a group of art school students -- was the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band (which I remember seeing in a three-quarters empty Civi Theatre in Darlington, England, in the 1960's).

The Band was originally called the Bonzo Dog Dada Band, but no one got the reference to Dada, so it was renamed the Bonzo Dog…

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At 3:04am on May 24, 2020, Carmela Rizzuto said…

Valentine,

Samantha was an IUOMA member who died April, 20th. Read her profile story

http://iuoma-network.ning.com/profile/SamanthaPrice?xg_source=profiles_memberList

A number of members corresponded with her. Her personal story and mail art creativity are inspiring.

At 2:56am on May 22, 2020, Jenn Miltenberger said…

To answer your question, I friend those who I plan to send mail to ;)

At 9:21am on February 14, 2020, Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) said…

At 9:19am on February 14, 2020, Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) said…

To my dear VALENTINE:

At 11:18pm on December 6, 2019, Jennifer Wallace said…

What's also odd about the Amsterdam church postcard is that I bought it when I was visiting!

At 9:55pm on October 15, 2019, Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) said…

At 6:40pm on January 14, 2019, Suus in Mokum said…

Nearly 3000 photo's. Are you still active in Sigean cultural live?

At 4:49pm on December 3, 2018, Cody Whitby said…

hi VMH, i saw your vinyl art group which i am interested in. it only seemed right (to me) to add you also as a friend. will have the $5000 fee in the mail shortly 

At 1:42pm on November 24, 2018, Ficus strangulensis said…

Oh, woe is me! Sob! Sob! somehow I'll survive.

Didn't see that one coming and good one, VMH!

You do know that's Harpo, right?

Y'r [appreciative] ol' Bud, Fike

At 10:19pm on November 13, 2018, xx Jones said…

HI Val, nice to hear from you! I never did anything about the bus stop idea - so many other things got in the way. I was developing this idea for a mail art exhibition in Vienna, which would have been a great venue, 25 meters of shop windows, and there is bus stop too coincidentally. https://diewandzeitung.wordpress.com/ I had contacted them with a proposal. Unfortunately, just today I got their response and the news that they are going to discontinue the project Wandzeitung. So unless they change their mind ... maybe I will contact some other venues, but I had my heart set on this one as it is right on the street corner, so I have to see how I feel. I guess the bus stop in the village is still a possibility.  These books about sovjet bus stops sound interesting! You had a mail art exhibition in a phone boy, I remember!

 
 
 

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