IUOMA MOBMA (Museum of Bad Mail Art)


IUOMA MOBMA (Museum of Bad Mail Art)

I frequent thrift stores looking for frames and canvases that I can re-use. I find something sad and intriguing about the handmade art that finds its' way into the donation piles.  As an offshoot of the amazing Museum of Bad Art  (MOBA) http://www.museumofbadart.org/

I am hoping we can assemble a unique collection of the ugliest reject art out there. This can be one you find, something you have made, bad industrial art for the masses, or mail art flunks.  There is beauty in imperfection.

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Discussion Forum

What is, actually, Bad Art?

Started by Mail Art Martha. Last reply by Mail Art Martha Nov 22, 2017. 4 Replies


Found in NYC

Started by Jim SantAmour. Last reply by Linda Pelati Nov 26, 2013. 14 Replies

Not so much the hair as it is those clowns that is disturbing.

First Annual Bad Art Super Competitive Competition

Started by DKULT. Last reply by Susan McAllister Dec 13, 2012. 9 Replies

An esteemed panel of judge and art critic, have decided that a bad art competition would be in order.  Please send me, via snail or email, your intentionally created bad art, mail or otherwise. (My…Continue

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Comment by Jeanne Kasten on October 18, 2012 at 1:42am

Comment by John M. Bennett on October 18, 2012 at 1:20am

These 2 pieces you've posted are pretty dang great.  Here's a photo of a real beauty I took today:

Comment by DKULT on October 18, 2012 at 12:55am

You're right Karen-permission to fail  silences the inner critic

Comment by Karen Champlin on October 18, 2012 at 12:23am

I find making bad art to be very freeing.  MOBA is a  fantastic idea!

Comment by DKULT on October 17, 2012 at 11:01pm

It's really great looking Rebecca> it sounds like you are building bricks for a sustainable living commune. Sign me up. DeVillo's automatic writing helped me with my cryogenic rhinoceros horn laminator prototype. It only comes to him while on hayrides, combine driving, embalming, and hangliding. I think he is due for some Fall festivities at the end of the month.

Angie, that's funny. I guess 'bad' is definately subjective . I know I've created quite a few things that are heinous. I like to think that I've destroyed all evidence of it though.

Comment by Rebecca Guyver on October 17, 2012 at 9:49pm

Are you sure you have it the right way up.  I could swear it is a dog.  Look at that doe eye.  I am not a fan of that chrome yellow colour. pretty dire. GESSO.

Comment by Rebecca Guyver on October 17, 2012 at 9:46pm

It's wattle and daub, like what's inside the walls of my house - let me tell you I know... I've repaired enough of it. Anyway, I cut the wattle (hazel rods) from our hazel tree and inserted them into a thrift store frame that had nothing inside it. Next I got some clay that we dug out of the ground and mixed it with straw.  Next I am going to lime plaster one side and I have no idea what I'll do next but if De Villo would get that automatic writing stuff in the public domain I might be able figure it out. Ha ha.

Comment by DKULT on October 17, 2012 at 9:41pm

Larger version. I just think color combo is horrendous. yet I feel guilty covering it with gesso

Comment by DKULT on October 17, 2012 at 9:40pm

I think that sounds fantastic Rebecca. I always think of all the handmade art I see in thrift stores that were probably given as a gift. And then to think the person just gave it away with a pile of sweaters to be sold for 1.99. Did the frame come with that art inside or is that yours?it's cool--looks like striated muscle

Comment by Rebecca Guyver on October 17, 2012 at 9:16pm

I'm collecting frames now too for a hair-brain scheme I am finally executing.  I feel bad about the stuff someone else must have loved that I have no use for... Perfect. 

At first i wondered about ugly self portraits.  I took THE ugliest one this morning when I was making a monotype on a mirror.  The angle was shocking.  I've never thought of myself as vain but this was repulsive - I couldn't help taking a photo, though and sent it by skype to my husband who is in Mozambique doing serious things.  He assures me I don't look like that ever... I think ugly self-portraits would be a step too far.


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