Mail-art by IUOMA member Susan McAllister (Berkeley, California, USA)
July 30, 2014 - I am always excited to receive mail-art from Susan McAllister who sends perspectives from Berkeley, a place I like a great deal. She has even been known in the past to send me Trashpo from the streets and telephone poles. While remaining faithful to her red & black, abstract art explorations, this time Susan McAllister sent me something that departs from earlier work received.
I almost missed it, and I am still rubbing my eyes to make sure what I think is there is really there: In the upper-right, does it say (or possibly could it be construed to say), “Warhol Zone”? Then wouldn’t the “15 minute” time limit reference the ubiquitous Warhol quote about 15 minutes of fame for everyone? Maybe I’ve finally lost it. The monkey/clown is even more ambiguous. Monkeys have been a huge theme at MinXus-Lynxus. Many other interpretations are possible as well. For personal meaning, I find this a great commentary on “The Spectacle” (see Situationism) of the modern world.
This is a great addition to my growing collection of correspondence from Susan McAllister. I’ve had some fun puzzling over the message and reaching an understanding. Many thanks!