Diane Keys Add & Pass by Ruud Janssen (Breda, Netherlands)

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May 27, 2018 - I seldom begin a blog post with an envelope. In the case of work received from Ruud Janssen – however – I often make exceptions. Ruud Janssen is a major network force, being a widely recognized artist, mail art scholar, founder of the IUOMA (International Union of Mail Artists), among many other accomplishments. His hand-painted envelopes are a trademark. I have an impressive collection, and I am thrilled to be able to add this colorful work.



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The contents of a piece of mail art by Ruud Janssen are rewarding as well. In this case, he sent along an Add & Pass with instructions: Make sure this reaches Diane Keys (Elgin, Illinois, USA) when complete. I’ll send it in the right direction!

Many newer IUOMA members have questions about the Add & Pass. They ask: Can we attach instructions to an Add & Pass? Network wisdom says: “In mail art there are no rules.” Certainly you can include specific instructions with any Add & Pass you create. Indeed, Ray Johnson’s mail art and Add & Pass materials often included detailed instructions. So you can shape an Add & Pass around themes and/or specific people and still be part of the venerable A&P tradition. (The Add & Pass is one of mail art's primary formal contributions to the art world.)

By including Trashpo Diva Diane Keys, perhaps this is technically a Trash & Pass (an Add & Pass designed specifically for circulation among the TrashPoets & DKulters often favoring found material). But this is a small point ultimately of little consequence. The participants will have an important role as well in defining this piece.


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Ruud Janssen always includes interesting ephemera. Don’t miss it!


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Many thanks to Ruud!

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