Mail art “add & pass book” including IUOMA members The Sticker Dude (Joel Cohen) (New York City, USA); Jon Foster (Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA); Ed Giecek (Concrete, Washington, USA): Fleur Helsingor (Oakland, California, USA); Debra Mulnick (Boise, Idaho, USA). Thanks to Debra Mulnick for sending!
July 8, 2019 - IUOMA friends might recall I am applying my Investigative Mail Art skills to the current Add & Pass (A&P) phenom that has embraced, engulfed and enthralled the Eternal Network. Formidable waves of paper (and now entire books) are circulating the globe. I think all of us would like to know who (to thank!) and why. Debra Mulnick kindly sent this very nice “add & pass book” (more on the use of this term later). This is certainly a fine example of contemporary A&P. I am thrilled to document this and other examples from the current mania.
My previous installment of “Secret Masters of Add & Pass” focused on the great mail artist Jon Foster. Based on his numerous appearances in this book, I can only conclude he is a central figure in the current “movement.” Jon Foster seems to have initiated this piece.
I do not wish to serve in the role of Network Language Police nor Defender of Eternal Network Heritage nor Network Nit-Picker. BUT a recent, lively discussion on Facebook alerted me to the concept so apparent in this blog of “Add & Pass Books” and that the practice is not without controversy. These a&p books seem to be growing in popularity. I am making no attempt to thwart what might prove to be a natural evolution of a genre or a fad blossoming like a mutant puffball that expires in dust on a lonely midnight lawn. Practicing Investigative Mail Art, I seek only to report facts and/or draw conclusions based on evidence and reason.
Without reconstructing the lengthy discussion that took place among veteran and Tenderfoot mail artists concerning a&p books, I will now present the Official MinXus-Lynxus Position on Add & Pass Books based upon thoughtful meditation: I prefer not to call them “Add & Pass Books.” They are “Collaborative Mail Art Books” or “Collaborative Tacky Little Pamphlets (TLPs).” Mail artists, of course, should call them whatever they like. Should you want to know the reasoning for the M-L position, contact me and I will be glad to explain. Otherwise, “no big deal.” Carry on.