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William S. Burroughs - Ferran Destemple: Deconstructive Asemics from "The Soft Machine" (Barcelona, Spain)

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Pages from The Soft Machine by William S. Burroughs altered by Ferran Destemple (Barecelona)


September 21, 2018 - Ferran Destemple – an artist and writer in Spain whom I admire very much – sent me these pages from The Soft Machine as a submission to Asemic Front (mail art call). He uses erasure on pages from a classic William S. Burroughs text to create asemics.

Ferran Destemple wrote, “In relation to the…


Added by De Villo Sloan on September 21, 2018 at 6:01pm — No Comments

E's Fan Club A&P + More by Ferran Destemple (Barcelona, Spain)

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Mail art by Ferran Destemple (Barcelona, Spain)


September 20, 2018 - The immensely talented Ferran Destemple in Barcelona sent me some great examples of his work including this version of the mysterious E’s Fan Club add & pass circulated by Karen Eliot and further embellished by Mikel Untzilla (Spain). This sheet, unlike others I have received, will be returned to Guivry, France!

Here is more work Ferran Destemple sent including a…


Added by De Villo Sloan on September 21, 2018 at 2:00am — No Comments

Mail Art Exhibit Documentation + More! by Sinclair Scripa (Ludlow, Vermont, USA)

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Mail art by Sinclair Scripa (Ludlow, Vermont, USA)


September 18, 2018 - Veteran mail artist Sinclair Scripa (aka Tara Verheide aka Tonya) curated major high-profile mail art calls that culminated circa 2017. They have garnered great praise. Sinclair Scripa has also circulated excellent hard copy documentation of her projects. I am so pleased she sent me copies. As usual, even if belated, I am thrilled to share them with you. Tonya also sent…


Added by De Villo Sloan on September 18, 2018 at 4:37pm — No Comments

"Minkus" Collages by Jayne B. Lyons (Lakeville, Minnesota, USA)

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Mail art by IUOMA member Jayne Lyons (Lakeville, Minnesota, USA)


September 16, 2018 - Jayne B. Lyons is raising eyebrows in the Eternal Network with her spectacular collages, and she is nothing less than a raving sensation among the Trashpoets and DKulters.

She sent me these three strong, new beautiful collages I am thrilled to share. Even though Jayne has renamed the venerable MinXus movement “Minkus,” I see her as a kindred spirit…


Added by De Villo Sloan on September 17, 2018 at 2:26am — 2 Comments

More Mail for E's Fan Club by Massimo Medola (Bologna, Italy)

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Add & pass sent by Massimo Medola (Bologna, Italy)


August 30, 2018 - News of the (possible) tragic loss of the great E – Ambassador of Utopia (Guivry, France) swept through the network last year. For some reason, I was chosen as a destination for add & pass sheets memorializing E.

I was proud to feature much work by E – Ambassador of Utopia on blogs in the past. He was a great and generous friend. Still, I have never been sure…


Added by De Villo Sloan on August 31, 2018 at 3:35am — No Comments

Post-Pop Collage & Ephemera by Discoflux (Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA)


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Mail art by IUOMA member Discoflux (Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA)


August 28, 2018 - Discoflux sent me this FAB mail art package. The centerpiece is this FAB collage (above), which she placed in the context of an altered greeting card. Here is how the card initially appears before you open it:


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This mailing by Discoflux includes a Trashpo-like collection of…


Added by De Villo Sloan on August 29, 2018 at 1:26am — No Comments

"How to F---- Up Add & Pass" by Rafael Gonzalez (Spain)

I think this blog (link below) by long-time networker Rafael Gonzalez (Spain) is hysterical, especially given the amount of add & passes that are circulating via IUOMA-Ning.

Personally, I've always believed it's impossible to f---- up an add & pass. They're foolproof. Like so much mailart the idea of "anyone can do it" underlies the genre.

But Rafael - who has been doing mail art a long time - is worried that he is messing up the add & pass.

It should give us…


Added by De Villo Sloan on August 29, 2018 at 12:30am — No Comments

Trashbook & Ephemera by Jean-Philippe Gilliot (Saint Ghislain, Belgium)

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Mail art by Jean-Philippe Gilliot (Saint Ghislain, Belgium)


August 27, 2018 - I am not familiar with Jean-Philippe Gilliott, and I do not believe he is an IUOMA member. But a quick search indicates he is well-known in the network and has done much work of note. I am thrilled to learn about and receive his work because I am a huge fan of the great Belgian collage artists, poets and correspondence artists, among them Little Shiva, Thierry…


Added by De Villo Sloan on August 28, 2018 at 4:50am — 1 Comment

Mail Art Mystery Bag

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Disintegrated bark fragment (with my address) rescued by the US Postal Service. Who sent it?


August 25, 2018 - Postcards are endlessly wonderful, but it is also nice to receive physical objects via the mail. These “objects poems,” “found material,” “cryptic totems” – whatever you prefer to call them – are also a unique genre of mail art. I believe this propensity for sending objects is rooted in Fluxus but also not necessarily exclusive to…


Added by De Villo Sloan on August 26, 2018 at 3:30am — 2 Comments

"Surrogate" - a collage with asemics - by Amy Irwen (Rosemount, Minnesota, USA)


“Surrogate” – a collage with asemics – by IUOMA member Amy Irwen (Rosemount, Minnesota, USA)


August 21, 2018 - Amy Irwen participated in my Asemic Front project previously with collabs. Now she has sent a beautiful solo collage with asemic writing which I am thrilled to share. The circular asemics are an excellent structural device as are the text-image relations that make this piece visual poetry as well. Here is a closer…


Added by De Villo Sloan on August 22, 2018 at 4:00am — No Comments

Mail art by barbargirl (Key West, Florida, USA)

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Mail art by IUOMA member barbargirl (Key West, Florida, USA)


August 20, 2018 - barbargirl sent me this lovely and beautifully composed, post-card-size collage.

IUOMA-Ning is experiencing yet another wave of new talent. These artists are enriching the network and we are seeing distinctive talents and approaches emerge. I think of barbargirl as part of this new new wave. With time, perhaps I will be able to learn more about her and her…


Added by De Villo Sloan on August 21, 2018 at 4:00am — 1 Comment

Dispatch from Annette Kesterson (San Francisco, California, USA)

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Mail art by Annette Kesterson (San Francisco, California, USA)


August 14.2018 - Longtime correspondent Annette Kesterson sent me this wonderful postcard-size piece I am absolutely thrilled to share.

I adore this colorful, lovely textured abstract art that keeps the action in painting. (This seems a little different from classic AK, but then again she is eclectic.) Annette Kesterson suggests in this piece (see below) speed and…


Added by De Villo Sloan on August 15, 2018 at 4:18am — No Comments

New book of Ray Johnson interviews

News of a book of Ray Johnson interviews (compiled from multiple authors) is circulating among networkers and might be of interest to IUOMA members. Here's a link with more info:…


Added by De Villo Sloan on August 15, 2018 at 4:00am — 7 Comments

ATC & Other Mail Art by Gerda Osteneck (Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada)

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Mail art (Artist Trading Card) by IUOMA member Gerda Osteneck (Regina, Canada)


August 6, 2018 - Gerda Osteneck has officially been named a Legend of Trashpo by none other than the Queen of Trash herself: Diane Keys. Many networkers know that Gerda Osteneck’s art also transcends Trashpo. She does excellent work in many different genres, including the ATC (Artist Trading Card). Gerda Osteneck has mastered several aesthetic…


Added by De Villo Sloan on August 7, 2018 at 4:13am — 1 Comment

Mail art show at Smithsonian Museum of American Art (Washington, DC): Ray Johnson - Richard Canard, Ryosuke Cohen (Braincell), John Held Jr., Liz Was, Anna Banana more!

This great article with pics is circulating about a mail art show at the Smithsonian:

Included is a Ray Johnson piece to our own Richard Canard (Richard C) (Richard in the…


Added by De Villo Sloan on August 5, 2018 at 12:30am — 1 Comment

Painting by Derya Avci (Elazig, Turkey)

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Mail art by Derya Avci (Elazig, Turkey)


August 3, 2018 - I have not received much mail art from Turkey. So this piece by Derya Avci is a thrill, although I do not believe she is an IUOMA member. Maybe she will be! 

I hope you will share my view that this work could easily be at home in an art museum or a very fine gallery. Derya Avci is a subtle and skilled expressionist painter. Yet the work is also very much in the…


Added by De Villo Sloan on August 4, 2018 at 2:56am — 4 Comments

TLP + More (!!) by Ruth Giles (Tunbridge Wells, UK)

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Mail art by IUOMA member Ruth Giles (Tunbridge Wells, Britain)


August 1, 2018 - Networkers often ask me, “DVS how is mail-arting in the Digital Age different from back in the Golden Age of Snail Mail Art when you sauntered down the winding trail under a sky so much more expansive and blue than it is today?”

This wonderful package from Ruth Giles in Britain gives me a perfect opportunity to offer an example of the difference…


Added by De Villo Sloan on August 2, 2018 at 5:30am — 2 Comments

Artist's Book by Rebecca Resinski (Conway, Arkansas, USA)

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Blocks an artist’s book of concrete-visual poetry by IUOMA member Rebecca Resinski (Conway, Arkansas, USA)


July 25, 2018 - Rebecca Resinski is an Asemic Front contributor, and I am thrilled to be able to share her artist’s book Blocks, a superb collection of traditional concrete poetry released under her Cuckoo Grey publishing imprint.



I emphasize the artist’s book…


Added by De Villo Sloan on July 26, 2018 at 2:30am — No Comments

Vispo X 3 = Richard Canard (remix), Chris Wells, Rebecca Resinski

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“Homage to John Gayer’s Outgoing” by IUOMA member Richard Canard (Carbondale, Illinois, USA)





Visual poetry by IUOMA member Chris Wells (Columbus, Ohio, USA)






“Sunlight through trees on water” by IUOMA member Rebecca Resinski (Conway, Arkansas,…


Added by De Villo Sloan on July 24, 2018 at 4:31am — No Comments

Conceptual Mail Art by Stephen Perkins (Madison, Wisconsin, USA)

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Mail by Stephen Perkins (Madison, Wisconsin, USA)


July 19, 2018 - Stephen Perkins using the moniker Janet Janet was a central figure in the great mail art surge of the 1980s. Those who participated or have studied correspondence and zines from that era are likely to recognize the Janet Janet persona even if they are not familiar with Perkins, who has also achieved a distinguished career in the above-ground art world.



Added by De Villo Sloan on July 20, 2018 at 3:30am — 3 Comments

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