Collab mail art book by Laura Ortiz (Canada) & De Villo Sloan (USA)

                                                       Cover of UNO by Laura Ortiz (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) & De Villo Sloan (me) 

                                                                               (Auburn, New York, USA) (Oct.-Nov. 2019)

 
November 28, 2019 - As part of our recent Asemic Front 2 collabs (my ongoing mail art call, Laura Ortiz assembled a series of our thematically connected pieces into an artist's book. I have titled it UNO due to the frequency of the letters U-N-O in the text as well as the appearance of the word "one." I also believe "uno" represents what I perceive to be the seamless quality achieved in these compositions where our styles and thematic concerns are blended perfectly. Deepest thanks to Laura Ortiz for producing this sequence.
 
   
 
By Laura Ortiz & De Villo Sloan
 
  
 
 
By Laura Ortiz & De Villo Sloan
 
  
 
 
By Laura Ortiz & De Villo Sloan
 
  
 
 
By Laura Ortiz & De Villo Sloan
 
  
 
 
By Laura Ortiz & De Villo Sloan
 
 
 
 
 
By Laura Ortiz & De Villo Sloan
 
 
 
 
 
By Laura Ortiz & De Villo Sloan
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
Back cover of UNO by Laura Ortiz & De Villo Sloan
 
 
 

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Comment by De Villo Sloan on November 29, 2019 at 10:13pm

Concrete and visual poetry have been part of the mail art network so you find a lot of folks doing image-text. In fact, they might have faded away or not spread internationally were it not for the network. Asemic writing is a new manifestation (or some say fad) in visual poetry (although people were doing it before it was naamed in the 90s.)

What Laura and I did in these pieces is essentially concrete poetry. Laura is admired for her asemic writing so I'll bend the definition. The pieces have some asemic symbols.

Asemic Front tends to attract established visual poets, but then newer folks are welcome and get involved.

Comment by Jennifer Wallace on November 29, 2019 at 5:23pm

I've never tried to make work with asemic writing but have sort of looked over the shoulders of friends experimenting with it. I've spent as much of my time and energy in language-related things as in visual art, so at some point, think I'll go for it and for now, appreciate seeing what people here are making with it.

Comment by De Villo Sloan on November 29, 2019 at 3:20pm

Thank you, Jennifer. The pages were very hard to photograph because Laura used multiple overlays. The original is stunning - thx to Laura. She did the major work creating the book. AF2 is not usually a collab book project but fine if it happens. I mean, I don't call for books.

A process has evolved for AF2: Someone wants to participate. I make starters and mail them. The artist completes the work and mails it back. I document and keep the work. I have started to wonder if the participant should get hard copy too. But no one has asked. It's just fallen into a groove.

AF2 also uses solo work and collabs where I'm not involved at all. The focus is on collabs by visual poets who do mail art.

Comment by Jennifer Wallace on November 29, 2019 at 12:31pm

Thanks for showing all this - very interesting as well as all sorts of delightful pages. Out of the two of you, who's ended up keeping the orginal? Did you decide that at the start?

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