Asemic Writing for Mail-Artists


Asemic Writing for Mail-Artists

Asemic writing for mail-artists

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Definition of Asemic Writing - Adapted from Wikipedia

Started by De Villo Sloan. Last reply by david-baptiste chirot Feb 18. 12 Replies

Adapted from Wikipedia Asemic writing is a wordless open semantic form of writing. The word asemic means “having no specific semantic content.” With the nonspecificity of asemic writing there comes a vacuum of meaning which is left for the reader to…Continue

The Martha Stuart School of Asemic Wallpaper - Start Your Career Today! - Special Discount for Prisoners

Started by De Villo Sloan. Last reply by Ficus strangulensis Oct 13, 2018. 164 Replies

The Martha Stuart School of Asemic WallpaperFounder:Martha StuartAdministration:Katerina Nikoltsou, Dean of AsemicsDiane Keys, Minister of Propaganda, Student AmbassadorSnooker the Amazing Mail-art Dog, Dean of MenDavid Stafford, Dean of WomenDe…Continue

Personal shorthand jazz writings with words.

Started by Bill Newbold. Last reply by Ficus strangulensis Oct 13, 2018. 2 Replies

Can ideas like this be included in the asemic type of development?Jazzy script in a kind of shorthand notation?Continue

The Push and Pull of Graffiti

Started by Sharon Silverman Apr 3, 2018. 0 Replies

I am always fascinated by the art that develops when the Graffiti Artist tags a blank space and the person who hates Graffiti covers it up ...Tag - Cover-up , Tag - Cover-up etc...Continue

Programs converting Asemic Characters to Truetype fonts

Started by Franis. Last reply by Ficus strangulensis Mar 28, 2018. 2 Replies

Wondering if people in this group have any recommendations for (hopefully free!) programs out there that convert our stunning characters into truetype fonts? (I'm using the 2014 Long-Term-Support version of Ubuntu Linux and Win7 operating systems,…Continue

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Asemic Writing by Sharon Silverman

Started by Sharon Silverman. Last reply by De Villo Sloan Mar 9, 2016. 2 Replies


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Comment by Linda Rogers on April 27, 2019 at 12:44am

I find a lot of inspiration here in IUOMA also! The community is the greatest.

Comment by Judith Dagan on April 25, 2019 at 6:29am

thank you De Villo for all of your comments. 

I will ,as always, continue to follow my heart in creating art and in all thinge. That's the only way to go. These past few months in IUOMA has sparked and thrown light on  new creative paths. So much to explore! I agree with you about minimalism. I love it.... when you get it right. I definately relate to Nancy Bell Scots works. Lastly... Your collaborations are wonderful. I still have not explored vintage paper and trash emphoria. All in good time☺

Comment by De Villo Sloan on April 25, 2019 at 4:59am

Nancy Bell Scott (Maine, USA) is a longtime group member whose work exemplifies the "asemic-vispo hybrid" work that has come out of our group. (But you don't have to follow any school or style!) Nancy is known and admired outside of mail art for what she has done for asemics. She is a great artist to explore.

Comment by De Villo Sloan on April 25, 2019 at 4:46am

Comment by De Villo Sloan on April 25, 2019 at 4:46am

Also so I can feel like I'm keeping from meandering I want to add that Minimalism is a big element in avant art & also mail art.

Asemic writing can be very minimal and also focused purely on the writing aspect.

Minimalism is harder than it looks. I am terrible at it.

But nothing says you have to fill every micro-dot of a page. Absence, emptiness, nothing - those are artist tools too. No?

Eduardo Cardoso's (Portugal) Minimalist group is FAB and Eduardo is a great visual poets as well.

Comment by De Villo Sloan on April 25, 2019 at 4:38am

The visual poetry section is also very good:

Comment by De Villo Sloan on April 25, 2019 at 4:36am

Dear Judith,

We tend not to worry too much about following any strict guidelines for asemic writing or visual poetry (vispo) in this group.

Were you to scroll back the comments for years in this group, you'd find lengthy and sometimes contentious discussions about asemic writing.

Your work I've seen in the gallery is clearly text-oriented and directed toward the relation of language to image. That pretty much makes you a visual poet already.

Asemic writing is (most agree) a form of vispo where you are creating writing that cannot be read in a conventional way. Children do it naturally; it's that simple. (But then again Ph.D. literary theorists are writing about it.) Your choice, I guess.

The Wikipedia definition is actually very good should you wish to pursue this aspect of asemics. But you might be better off following your heart and intuition. They seem to be serving you well.

Comment by De Villo Sloan on April 25, 2019 at 4:26am

I've put up some great collabs by Cheryl Penn (South Africa) & Allan Bealy (USA) at Asemic Front 2. These are "hybrid" pieces that draw from concrete poetry, vispo, Lettrism (all things it helps to know about) but definitely asemic in the sense that language is fractured, reconstructed, new symbols made. Thx to Cheryl (actually an early founder of this group) and Allan of New York City.

Comment by Jayne Barket Lyons on April 24, 2019 at 8:04pm

Judith - I’m going to throw in my 2 cents... Your work on that DVS starter is awesome. I really like the train tracks idea! Keep it up!!

Comment by Judith Dagan on April 24, 2019 at 1:25pm

De Villo, Do you recognize your started? I don't know what track I am on. Is this vispo?


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