Richard Canard
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Richard Canard commented on Carmen Kennedy's blog post More Proof that the world is Topsy Turvy
"17.02.20 Dare Ms. Carmen Kennedy,  ... the same sort of thing has happened to me me a few times (over the years) as well. It's just a guess, but possibly the reason this happens is because of  the  "pointed finger  hand…"
2 hours ago
Richard Canard commented on Ficus strangulensis's photo

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"09.02.20 Dare Ficus S., ....I admire & appreciate individuals that can see, record & share ( I think they are commonly referred to as: "artists").  Thanks for posting this seemingly ordinary (ho-hum) photo of concrete stairway…"
Feb 9
Richard Canard commented on Ficus strangulensis's photo


"07.02.20 Dare Ficus S., ...I managed to check out the Gourdlandia video  & enjoyed it. Found it to be  Inspirational to see individuals highly involved in unique visions & efforts. Thanx for sharing. SinCelery, Richard Canard "
Feb 7
Richard Canard commented on marlies wilding's blog post mail art from diana hale- thank you!
"02.02.20 Dare Ms. Marlies Wilding, ... yeah, I was pleased  to receive one of these as well... but am I wrong to look for a meaning?...or am I suppose to be content with the mystery ? Or is it a pattern for another quilt? Is the lady under a…"
Feb 2
Richard Canard left a comment for James Knudsen
"02.02.20 Dare Mister James Knudsen,... I checked out your website & was pleased that I did.  What I like about your photos are that you seem to be concerned with real time & the truth... & of course what I had trouble with was the…"
Feb 2
Richard Canard commented on Victor Valqui Vidal's album

Visual Poetry

"22.01.20 Dare Mister Victor Valqui Vidal, ...Bravo! Bravo! Bravo!  (although, I must confess; I am so slow that I need help with"aben dit hjerte",  the  "poem in  12 languages" [as I can only count 10] &…"
Jan 22
Richard Canard commented on Alan Brignull's photo

The perfect postbox?

"The perfect mailbox???  ...the one that's relatively convenient & well serviced by the post office---fortunately that is the norm for most of us. "
Jan 16
Richard Canard commented on De Villo Sloan's blog post Michael Orr's Vispo Collection Published by Timglaset (Sweden)
"Michael Orr is a first-rate artist."
Jan 14
Richard Canard commented on De Villo Sloan's group Asemic Writing for Mail-Artists
"Michael Orr is a first-rate artist. "
Jan 14
Richard Canard commented on Ruud Janssen's blog post Merry Christmas & Happy 2020
" 24.12.19  Dare Ruud Janssen, ...& thank you for your greeting & best wishes. As I sometime will hear---"Right back at yah!"  or "Ditto!" & or "Same to you!"   .....& it's…"
Dec 24, 2019
Richard Canard left a comment for Michael Leigh
"19.12.19 Dare  Mister Michael Leigh,   ...Oh, to be in Manchester (at least for a couple of days)  Congratulations! "Curious Things" looks indeed most curious. Is that a Claes Olden burg  Rubber Stamp I see sitting…"
Dec 19, 2019
Richard Canard commented on DKULT's group All Things Trashpo
"....... & now it seems like the obvious--& I can't believe (after all these years) that I never saw it before: .... DKULT's "Merry ChristMESS"."
Dec 18, 2019
Richard Canard commented on Ruud Janssen's group Mail-Art Projects List
"17.12.19 Dare Ms. Vero Reeves, ... I've long been worn out on "add & passes" but your illustrated example does look like a noble cause & serves again as an reminder that this is what correspondence ( & or communication) is…"
Dec 17, 2019
Richard Canard commented on De Villo Sloan's group Asemic Writing for Mail-Artists
"12.14.19 Dare De Villo S., Ms Jayne Barket Lyons could force a "carbon footprint" into poetry.  Habitually this Asemic Writing Group is a treat to view. Best to you. Richard C."
Dec 14, 2019
Richard Canard commented on MUSEUMOFMAILART's photo

I am superhero Mr. Paper Cup (Save the World)

"13.12.19 Dare Museumofmailart, I wish this item was in my little museum.  .. a pleasure to view your drawings & choice of surfaces. Best to you. SinCelery, Richard Canard"
Dec 13, 2019
Richard Canard commented on Valentine Mark Herman's photo

A Jenny Holzer "Truism" that...

"08.12.19 Dare Mister Valentine Mark Herman, my daily ritual of checking out the I.U.O.M.A. pages & encountering your Sunday morning post of Jenny Holzer's "Protect me from what I want" immediately sent me back  to my…"
Dec 8, 2019

Profile Information

Mail-Artist since:
Early 60's
My Website (without http://):
Why I am involved in Mail-Art:
Initially pure folly. Nowadays I visit the IUOMA practically everyday as if it were a part of the oatmeal routine.
My Mail-Adress (snail and/or E-mail)
409 South Emerald Lane - Carbondale, Illusion-62901-2140 U.S.A. .........

03.20.11 Dare Ruud Janssen, Obviously (I suppose), I have no website here--just  random stacks of those cardboard boxes  (& seldom (if ever) do I utilize the email address). My admission into your fold is a result of that "ning" thing (plus your generosity) & the only way that I could find to continue participating in your Marvelous & Grand Service --the I.U.O.M.A. Thank you. I am (& have long been) appreciative  of your prophetic & thoughtful insight toward the phenomenon of correspondence art ("mail art")-----was it John Evans that first used that term?  In any event, I find the IUOMA to be a  joyous & convenient  source for checking in on the "state of the art." Of course, I am always interested  in the mail but I am not seeking more ,more, more --- I already owe a thousand postcards & letters (things are kinda winding down here). Also, it is not likely that I will be posting a photo (or photos). That stock image of a "stump", "block of wood","chip off the old block" seems to work just fine. All best to you & yours & the IUOMA! Richard Canard

Richard Canard's Blog

05.06.14 Dare Ms. Diane K., That stuff that fills the plastic bubbles is called "Trash Champagne." Sin sincerely, Richard Canard

Posted on June 5, 2014 at 5:54pm 1 Comment

05.06.14 Dare Ms. Diane K., That stuff that fills the plastic bubbles is called "Trash Champagne." Sin sincerely, Richard Canard


Today's mail...

Posted on February 12, 2014 at 6:57pm 0 Comments

!2.02.14  Today I received a postcard from Ms. Angie Cope that reads:....... "I think IUOMA is a metaphor for life.  Wait--maybe not--But when I go there I feel like everything I see and read is so cool but is just the tip of the iceberg. So many blogs and comments buried--waiting to be discovered...rediscovered."..... Now, isn't that a terrific valentine for Ruud Janssen & all of us here at the IUOMA??? 

Da Beatles

Posted on February 8, 2014 at 5:47pm 1 Comment

08.02.14 Dare USPS & the IUOMA,  I understand that it's been half a century now (Yesterday)  since "The Beatles" first discovered America...& I can't tell you exactly what followed but I do know that I was not the only one  responsible.... Anyway, late at night (after I turn out the light) I am perfectly willing to admit that part of the blame is mine.  .....the walrus, richard canard 

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At 4:12am on September 20, 2019, Oh Boy said…

Thanks for taking a look at the pictures. The Art Detox series highlights my photoshop skills. I'll send to the "archive" soon. Oh Boy

At 6:01am on July 26, 2016, Toni Hanner -- tonipoet said…

Yippee! I got home from vacation and found two postcards from you! Poems and trash--hurray!!! I will get something back to you soonly!

At 12:38am on January 29, 2016, Lucky Pierre said…
Coyote is a legendary trickster, n'est-ce pas?
At 6:07pm on December 7, 2015, Ruud Janssen said…

Dear Richard C.  When I post a letter and there isn't enough postage on it, I get a message from the postal office and can actually see the proof: a scan of the letter. When they are right, I have to pay the postage due. In mail-art cases sometimes the computer is wrong, ans the scan proves the postage was correct. So the digitizing of our mail-art in the Netherlands is already done and I do get glances of it now and then. The postal office just loves to scan our mail and see if we pay the fee......

At 2:40am on December 6, 2015, Claire (aka Cleo) said…

Hey Richard, "Friend" me! Please!!! (I wanna message ya...)

At 1:21am on October 15, 2015, jon foster said…

Richard...I came into a box of mail-art from the Winston Salem show in 1979. Can you give me any information about this show, or point me in the right direction? My goal is to share all of the art and I want a little backstory to go along with it. Thanks guy!

At 7:48am on November 16, 2014, Richard Canard said…

16.11.14 Dare Mister Shab Levy, ...& thanks for your response... & again I repeat: I have never sent anything to Ms. Koshgarian  & as you say, it was "a general remark"...which of course was my point....(I placed myself right in the meddling middle).Please understand that there are no problems here as far as I'm concerned...I am naught but a clown  & seriously interested in bad jokes  & "shabby" art. I did manage to check out your website, however ( & what a stark contrast  we are). You sir, are obviously a disciplined, technically skilled  & accomplished artist. I also enjoyed viewing your comprehensive visual Art History Section (a few new inserts for me but was also surprised not to see any reference to Joseph Cornell or Ray Johnson...(but then, you did make it clear that it was incomplete). & as far as your viewing my own so-called "creations" on the web are concerned-- I must confess that  I can barely use the electronic mouse & have no website....but most artists & quasi-serious mail artists can usually be found fairly easily. Sinsneerly, Richard Canard    

At 11:50pm on November 15, 2014, Shab Levy said…

Dear Mr. Canard,

I know Karen from an art-book group that we belonged to and I am sure that she wasn't commenting on your creativity or quality of work, rather as a general remark. Please let me know where I can see some of your creations on the web.

Shab Levy

At 1:57am on October 22, 2014, Susan McAllister said…
Thanks for the delightful card. To me it looked like a fish eating a big mouthful of spaghetti. I am pleased to have inspired you.
At 7:03pm on April 23, 2013, Cassandra Gallagher said…

Richard, thank you ten fold for the lovely postcard you sent. It's simplicity speaks volumes and I'm glad you used my favorite quote too. I will be glad to send something special in return. Until then, all best.




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