Remembering liketelevisionsnow (1954-2016)


Remembering liketelevisionsnow (1954-2016)

Remembering liketelevisionsnow.

January 25, 2016 - Yesterday many mail artists were shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the passing of liketelevisionsnow aka Max Shellman. His wife Sharon Sapar Malenfant issued a statement on the Max Shellman Facebook page:

"Sharing the sad news of my husband Jeff's passing on Thursday evening, Jan. 21 after a 15 year battle with progressive muscular atrophy, a rare motor neuron disease.

"We shared a 35-year journey of love, growth and discovery that gave us the strength to carry on. Jeff was a photographer, artist and part of a huge online arts community. He loved to use other personas in his artwork and was known as Max Shellman and liketelevisionsnow to many whose work he supported and encouraged. There has been so much love and kindness expressed from his fellow artists around the world, and I am deeply appreciative. I'm also grateful for family and friends who have reached out and wrapped their loving arms around me at this time, as well as their support in recent years.

"Jeff's wishes were to be cremated and, in the spring, we will journey back to his hometown of Wakefield, Rhode Island for a celebration of his life and lay him to rest in Riverside Cemetery beside the Saugutucket River."

Sharon also wrote in another statement:

"Jeff loved all of you and the friendships he was able to have with you online. You shared his artist heart, his humor, his sense of life, and it made him a happier person. One of his greatest joys was supporting, nourishing and encouraging the creative work of others, which in turn inspired him.

"He never told any of you that he had a rare degenerative motor neuron disease called Progressive Muscular Atrophy. He was diagnosed about 15 years ago and slowly began to lose the use of his arms, and then his legs. I quit my job 5 years ago to stay home as he became bedbound, unable to walk or sit up unaided. He didn't want any of his artist friends online to know. It was irrelevant to him and not worth wasting time discussing. He was more interested in creating his art, encouraging others, publishing books and magazines, and coming up with new ideas for projects."

liketelevisionsnow was a wonderful friend online and in the mail for the last five years. His work will live on in the Eternal Network.

(by De Villo Sloan - USA)

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Comment by Ruud Janssen on February 9, 2016 at 8:56am

Comment by Ruud Janssen on February 7, 2016 at 8:16pm

have a look at "Privacy is the next revolution", a project LTS was doing and documented at:

Comment by liketelevisionsnow on February 6, 2016 at 3:24pm

 LTS did a series of these images that he called "The Incident at the Hockney Pool". Carina posted one earlier, and here are a few more from the series. They were created in 2013-2014.

The Riddle of the Rubik's Cube

Sculpture Puzzle


The Bag at the Hockney Pool

Comment by Ruud Janssen on February 6, 2016 at 2:13pm

Comment by Ruud Janssen on February 6, 2016 at 2:12pm

Comment by Ruud Janssen on February 5, 2016 at 7:24am

2-3-16-jeffrey-j.-malenfantJeffrey J. MalenfantJeffrey J. Malenfant, 61, of Tamworth left this world on Jan. 21, 2016, after a 15-year battle with progressive muscular atrophy, a rare motor neuron disease. He was an artist, photographer, poet, and lover of the natural world. One of his greatest joys in life was supporting, nourishing and encouraging the creative work of others, which in turn inspired him.

Jeff was born Nov. 19, 1954, in South Kingstown, R.I., the second of Martha and Richard Malenfant's five children. In 1972, he graduated from South Kingstown High School and in 1980 he met Sharon Sapar, the woman who would become his partner in life.

Jeff and Sharon moved to the village of Chocorua in 1985, where they made many lifelong friends. Jeff started his business, Wilderness Light Photographs, and was frequently seen with his camera gear photographing the people and places of the area.

His work appeared in local newspapers including the Carroll County Independent and the Mountain Ear, as well as in many publications by the Society for Protection of New Hampshire Forests and others. He also was active with the Arts Council of Tamworth for a time, curating their annual art show for several years.

Jeff and Sharon were married on Dec. 10, 1988, at St. Andrew's-in-the-Valley and in 1993 they purchased a small cottage on two acres in Tamworth. Here, they settled in to create a home surrounded by gardens, birds and the natural environment they both loved.

After a time, the effects of Jeff's disease meant he could no longer use his cameras so he turned to the computer for his artistic endeavors.

In the years since, he created and published ReDux Arts Magazine in print and online, a publication that featured the artwork of creative people from around the world. He became involved with the medium of mail art and collaborated in many projects with other artists, including video, music, books and poetry.

Jeff is survived by his wife, Sharon; his sister, Patricia McGrath of Wakefield, R.I.; his brother, Michael Malenfant of Chocorua; his brother, Ken Malenfant of Richmond, R.I.; his niece Amy Palmer of Oakland, Calif.; his nephews, Christopher and Tim McGrath of Wakefield; his nephews, Alec and Dylan Malenfant of Conway; his nephew, Tucker Malenfant of Richmond; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents, his sister Linda Palmer, and his beloved Jack Russell Terrier, Tyke.

In keeping with his wishes, Jeff's ashes will be buried at Riverside Cemetery in Wakefield in the spring, followed by a celebration of his life with family and friends.

Donations in his memory can be made to Visiting Nurse, Home Care & Hospice, P.O. Box 432, North Conway, NH 03860 or Cook Memorial Library, 85 Main St., Tamworth, NH 03886.

Comment by liketelevisionsnow on February 4, 2016 at 10:42pm

!DUH! was a one-off magazine that LTS produced in 2013. Mostly he wanted to showcase the work of many of his artistic friends, but the front and back covers were his own creations.

You can see all of his books, magazines and posters at Magcloud at this link: Magcloud - liketelevisionsnow

Comment by liketelevisionsnow on February 4, 2016 at 10:35pm

This is Sharon, posting on behalf of LTS. Thank you for creating this repository of his work! As I come across images of his work (and believe me, there is plenty to go through!), I will share them here.

In case you have wondered about the "Zen Circle" that he used so often, it started as a game he called "Zen & Then" which he sent to a mail art call. It was a plastic bag full of Zen Circles and these "instructions" for how to play the game.

Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on February 3, 2016 at 12:33pm

Remembering liketelevisionsnow's "Privacy" project:

Comment by Ruud Janssen on February 2, 2016 at 7:15pm

Sent to a project the day before he died. Details see:


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