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Mail-Art History

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Comment by Ruud Janssen on June 17, 2015 at 7:04pm

The Ray Johnson exhibition at the MoMa concerning Ray's design:

http://www.moma.org/interactives/exhibitions/2014/rayjohnson/

Comment by Miss Noma 2 on June 16, 2015 at 2:40am

Thanks De Villo Sloan! This relevant to my interest  thank's for reminding e of Vautier's "Total Art Matchbox." I am fond of this match-box suggestion since it helped lead me toward finding other matches in Fluxus such as Vautier's "Flux Suicide Kit", Robert Filliou's "A New Way to Blow Out Matches," and "La Cedille Qui Sourit" by George Brecht and Robert Filliou, about which I am pleased to be reading. Know of any other Fluxus or mail art matches? 

Comment by De Villo Sloan on June 16, 2015 at 2:18am

Comment by Miss Noma 2 on June 16, 2015 at 1:04am

My most loved vintage match-book is gone. sad:boo hoo. Can anyone recommend a source about the history of match-books and their use in mail art or other relevant info?

Comment by Heleen de Vaan on June 15, 2015 at 2:13am

Want to share some info on On Kawara (1932-2014), a Japanese artist who also sent out mail.
I happened to find this short but nice reference on one of my favourite websites about bilingual raising (writen by Adam Beck, who lives in Japan): "He lived for 29,771 days".

Comment by Richard Canard on June 14, 2015 at 6:45pm

14.06.15 Dare Ruud J., ...ah, an insightful observation  you post regarding the pair of scissors...I always thought the scissors image was some sort of playful "correspondence" of  visual forms. ...& at one point, I thought I knew the meaning of "8ababy" but alas, my memory is speedily fading....but I still know who Ernie Bushmiller is. ...& one further note: I'm fairly sure that  it is unlawful to place matches in envelopes.  Best to you. Richard C.

Comment by Miss Noma 2 on June 14, 2015 at 3:41pm

One of Ray Johnson’s unique books, the “Love-Book” (circa early 1960s?), in the collection of William S. Wilson, includes a match-book attached to one of the pages. I don’t have an image of it, but maybe someone else does. In addition to its use for striking flames, a match can be a pair, an equal, a mate as well as its opposite, a contest, a fight, or a rival. The meanings of matches can spread like wildfire (or mildfire) when the M in Match is turned in to a W for Watch, a tool I learned from a wise old man. A watch appears in Johnson’s “A Book About Death,” page 3 (below), replacing one blade of a pair of scissors creating an overlap between two tools, one for keeping time and one for cutting out.  I’m still practicing how to articulate how I understand Johnson’s use of these kinds of two-in-one gestures and reversals. I hope you’ll see my admiration for gutter connoisseurs. The artist Sari Dienes, a friend of Johnson, practiced street-frottage and made assemblages, which might be of interest to members of the community here. 

Comment by Richard Canard on June 14, 2015 at 5:20am

13.06.15 Dare Keith S. Chambers, ...You make a good point....because of a host of unknown predecessors (& a few we do know-- Picasso, Braque, Duchamp, Schwitters, Johnson, Brecht,  Rauschenberg , Etc., Etc.)----- thousands( rather  millions) of pairs of eyes have been opened....& I too am fond of & appreciative of the many fine gutter connoisseurs to be found here at the IUOMA. Best to you. Richard Canard

Comment by Keith S. Chambers on June 14, 2015 at 3:21am

A beautiful quote from George Brecht found in one of the links below, ". . . we both walk down the street and love the match-book covers that we see in the gutter." In reference to something he had in common with Ray J.. I think there are a lot of folks here, @IUOMA, that share the same sentiment.

Comment by Miss Noma 2 on June 13, 2015 at 10:23pm

William S. WIlson, "Ray Johnson and the Number 13"

 http://www.blastitude.com/13/ETERNITY/ray_johnson.htm

 Julie J. Thomson, "To Ray J, George Brecht Knows, George Brecht's nose:the Development of Ray Johnson’s and George Brecht’s Participatory and Dialogic Practices"

 http://www.blackmountainstudiesjournal.org/wp/?page_id=142

 Johanna Gosse, "From Art to Experience: The Porous Philosophy of Ray Johnson" http://www.blackmountainstudiesjournal.org/wp/?page_id=137

Michael von Uchtrup, "'I Plan to Send Startling Letters': Ray Johnson and the Road from BMC into-and out of- New York" 

http://www.blackmountainstudiesjournal.org/wp/?page_id=622 

 

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