RECEIVED: Street Art Moniker (Mao Bansky Refill) and Mail-Art Prints from Brent Leopold (Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, USA)

Mail-art by IUOMA member Brent Leopold (Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, USA)


February 15, 2011 - One of my earliest IUOMA friends, Brent Leopold, sent me a new round of mail-art that includes the image above of a spray paint can (or is it a cell phone?). This pop-art nod is a great emblem for street art, which so naturally finds its way into the mail-art network. Brent and I are both in the Northeastern United States where graffiti and street art are overlain across gritty urban exteriors you encounter like a real-life visual poem. Moving further west, Detroit - from some amazing photos I've seen recently - is becoming just one giant street painting.


Brent's spray paint can might very well be a suggestion we find what inspiration we can in street art. (Might as well paint "The New Reality" with "toxic derivatives" provided by the same corporations that gave us this nightmare in the first place.) He also sent along some of his signature prints. I am always interested to see how that work is evolving:

Brent always sends a note, and he has something going on with a Google profile that probably has more information about his work. I need to take a look too. Brent has been sending some messages about a magazine project he is starting as well as other work, and it is great to have him in the network:

Many thanks again, Brent. Looking forward to many more trades.



Stepping into a different role is cramps Taurus but if you are Pisces you will meet a Virgo who knows a Gemini who turns out to be pretty tame material. Why did you cross this one out Snooker? Very strange; today's prediction has been crossed out with blue ink. Lucky numbers: 43, 48 (other #s for today were crossed out so these must be special)


Mail-art Color for the Day: Peach


Mail-art Word for the Day: Gestalt


Mail-art Typo of the Day: IU OM JA (IUOMA - mantra? - jai guru dev or rasta? ja?)


Mail-art Contest: Who has the worst scanner? Mine is a real contender. 

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Comment by De Villo Sloan on February 18, 2011 at 1:11am
steve. regroping. tell ted caker get the 2 a nunnery, read chuck colson
Comment by De Villo Sloan on February 16, 2011 at 10:46pm

I am really compelled to give credit where credit is due to liketelevisionsnow as well as Brent Leopold for the discussion in this blog about Street Art. Below is "Mao Bansky" by liketelevisionsnow. It's in his IUOMA portfolio. It's a great piece. I love it. I did not know Grigori Antonin was the receipient. 

Comment by De Villo Sloan on February 16, 2011 at 5:01pm
malibu barbie. happy b day steve
Comment by De Villo Sloan on February 16, 2011 at 4:26pm
Thanks Brent. I am relieved we have established for sure it's not a baby bottle.
Comment by Human Artist Vending Machine LTD on February 16, 2011 at 4:13pm

It is a spay can..Cut short to fit the envelope.

I am happy I learned about IUOMA and the art of art trading.. My house was becoming piles of art. I belong to a local gallery but not all art can sell and as an artist I didn't want to think that was the only worth art had. I am inspired by the ideas of street art but off the buildings..out of the gallery..but passable art..SO I been building in the mid thousands..maybe 4000 maybe higher..printing paper is thin so it is hard to tell..I been packing folded prints and misc small art in envs..and working hard..I am happpy to build new art..and send them out to my friends..I never know what to think of what I make..I am way to close in the building of the art. It is just fun..but creative piles..LOL

Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on February 16, 2011 at 3:41pm

And this one? My all-time favorite,

though it is always a treat to see the newest Brent creation!

Comment by De Villo Sloan on February 16, 2011 at 3:30pm
Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on February 16, 2011 at 3:01pm

Great blog and discussion, sloan!...gotta love Brent! He is a creative genius/machine that works 24/7 me thinks. 'Been a freind of the guy since my first days at IUOMA, 2009, and always look forward to mail art from Camp Hill. He must be getting to his morning break at work just about now, 'well tell him to drop by and solve the mystery:

spray paint can? baby bottle? cell phone (duh?)

Anyway, ingeniously creative, and here are a few art works of Brent's that came to me in a box...

a box measuring 1 x 2 inches! ( 3 x 4.5 cm) Amazing art! (with "tag" self-portrait)

Comment by De Villo Sloan on February 16, 2011 at 2:24pm
Dear liketelevisionsnow, I am glad you commented. I did indeed grab the title "Mao Bansky" from YOUR work. Without inflating rhetoric, your "Mao Bansky" is one of my all-time favorites. It comments perfectly on the politics of street art turned high art, among others things. I apologize if I have taken liberties with your work: (1) I will delete "Mao" from the blog title. (2) I'll do nothing and let things stand as is. (3) I would love to paste a scan of "Mao Bansky" into this stream - or you can. Your move. You know where to find me - private or public. Love, peace, and mail-art
Comment by liketelevisionsnow on February 16, 2011 at 2:01pm
I just wanted to clarify that when I used the title "Mao Bansky" in a work that I sent to Grigori, the Bansky was a play on the spelling of the artist Banksy's name.



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