Mail art by IUOMA member Joey Patrickt (Oakland, California, USA)
April 28, 2016 - Some networkers and observers lament the lack of the “political” in contemporary mail art, implying the situation was once different. Others express relief that so much current work is “apolitical.” I venture to offer the opinion, highly subjective, that less work on the current scene is political when compared to other eras. But I do not believe “political” pieces were ever in the majority. My use of quotation marks is meant to express that even defining the term is problematic. Still, I would consider this pronouncement sent by Joey Patrickt to be political (or ideological) m-a. The concept certainly has relevance now and functions as New Old School.
Another card received from Joey Patrickt fits more comfortably in his Post-Urban mode:
A wonderful piece! However I believe Joey Patrickt is registering some displeasure concerning what was intended to be an honor: He was given his own DKult Chapter:
The issue is draining, but I will see what the glacial DKult bureaucracy will do with the message.
In the meantime, many thanks to Joey Patrickt.