In Paris, only down the street for me resides a Mail Artist that keeps me on my toes.  Within Paris, if you send Mail Art  before 6pm, the other person will have it the next morning.

     Ana has recently sent me two pieces that had me running back to old art books.  The first is her own version of a work of art by Marcel Duchamps first conceived in 1919.  (Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa onto which Duchamp drew a moustache and beard in pencil.) 

     The name of the piece, L.H.O.O.Q. (in French èl ache o o qu), is a pun, since the letters when pronounced in French form the sentence "Elle a chaud au cul", which can be nicely translated as "She has a hot ass"

     I repied with my own version of Marcel Duchamps 1917 most famous piece "Fountain"  by placing in front of her building a toilet with flowers and her name on the toilet seat. 

She must have been impressed with my efforts, and then sent me her version of Jean-Honoré Fragonard's;   "Les Hasards Heureux de l'Escarpolette"  which translates as The Happy Accidents of the Swing, but is also know only by "The Swing" to stop people from looking at all the details.

The Swing by Ana also contains leaves from the trees along the Canal St. Martin where Happy Accidents can be found in Paris.  Some great Mail Art Ana.  They had me smiling for days.  But how can I reply to this one?

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Comment by Ana Kawajiri on July 16, 2012 at 3:09pm

Great post, Dean! Thanks for sharing our mail art "conversation" :D

Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on July 16, 2012 at 11:32am

Make a bicycle parts sculpture a la Picasso?

Fun mail art in Paris! Go, Dean, goooo!



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