Jean Genet mail-art show catalog including work by IUOMA members. The show was curated by Grigori Antonin, and he wrote and produced the catalog.
February 8, 2011 - Grigori Antonin (a former IUOMA member) sent me a copy of the wonderful catalog he produced to document his show honoring the 100th birthday of French author Jean Genet. I believe Grigori first rolled out his plan for the show here at the IUOMA; it generated a great deal of interest. Being a Genet fan myself, I thought it was a tremendous idea. Here is Grigori's introduction in the catalog:
I won't change him, but Grigori is too humble. The latter part of his intro. is eloquent and expresses why Genet speaks to so many of us. Next is Angela Behrendt's (sewn) contribution:
Below are the contributors. I am thrilled to see so many IUOMA friends! This rivals John Held Jr.'s Black Mountain College Show (a little):
Amazing international participation. Next is a fantastic piece by our own Erni Baer:
Then I really like this one, supporting Grigori's points about Genet, and putting him on the liberation front map. I was thinking Genet is sort of a Burroughs before Burroughs, if that works on the timeline. Or who was that guy? John Rechy = "City of Night."
Here's a colorful page that includes the call and is designed as a tribute to mail-art zines. Sometimes print is nice, and this catalog is very well-produced. Katerina's contribution is at the bottom of the page.
More as above. Love the "Charming Boy":
And the back cover is a stunning piece by Erni Baer:
The scans display the images fairly well, but what you cannot see is that this is a CATALOG. When Grigori Antonin curates a show, he obviously takes it very seriously. Participants (and perhaps others) have excellent documentation as a result. The catalog came in this envelope:
Note in the upper-left of the envelope we see a logo for the Great Midwestern Correspondence School. One of those low-residency things? Just kidding, read that somewhere. This is tremendous news because the Midwestern U.S. is vital the mail-art network, and artists there producing tremendous work. Congratulation to Grigori Antonin for holding a superb show from concept to catalog. Check out Grigori "The Grigster" Antonin's blog:
The moon will be in your sign meaning it won't be easy (but is it ever?). By the 9th she'll remind people about this became a way of labeling you. You're certain this person was female? If you work in a creative field this period will be twice as powerful. Lucky #s = 2, 14, 32, 33, 39, 43
Mail-art color of the day: turquoise (TYMW)
Mail-art words for the day: Theater of the Absurd