Mail art by IUOMA member David Stafford (Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA)
July 18, 2015 - Actually it is not a journal; it is a large postcard-size piece from David Stafford that looks like a journal cover. I am thrilled to receive mail from David. I learned through the grapevine he made a trip to New York City not long ago. Perhaps that excursion inspired him to make this commentary on the condition of the (post-) avant.
If I wrote that David Stafford is the unquestionable reigning king of mail art satire, I might offend the sensibilities of egalitarian networkers who do not believe such value judgments should be uttered or proposed.
FLUMMOX – A JOURNAL OF EXTINCTION addresses numerous publications, both online and off, that present what some call “intermedia” work, along with theoretical commentary. The overlaid letters on the image strongly suggest, of course, visual poetry aka vispo. FLUMMOX contains the word “flux,” so David Stafford has made a sweeping inventory ranging from vispo to Fluxus. These various iterations of the post-avant are currently fashionable in and outside the Eternal Network. Too bad he did not work Oulipo in there – that one is especially trendy! While Fluxus is part of history, it is certainly enjoying a revival.
As if FLUMMOX – A JOURNAL OF EXTINCTION were not enough, the reverse side has David Stafford’s wonderful drawing and more humor:
David Stafford always provides perspective, a dash of common sense and gales of laughter. As ever, many thanks!