Richard Canard
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Richard Canard commented on Jennifer Wallace's blog post Comments - please! Tribute-to-Shozo-Shimamoto-shaved-head-imagine-peace
"06.08.20 ....over the years, I have received a thousand & one postcards & stuffed envelopes with all manner of contents ( things that I  thought  to be of little value as well as treasures). It sorta all depends upon the original…"
Richard Canard left a comment for Valentine Mark Herman
"06.08.20 Dare Val M. H., ...but of course, Richard's ego is as sensitive as they come ----but still, who am I to stand in the way of Valentine Mark Herman???  (  I enjoy your commentary, insight and  your art.). SinCelery,…"
Richard Canard commented on Carmela Rizzuto's photo

From Keith Chambers

"05.08.20 Dare Ms. Carmela R.,...Thanx for posting the  Keith Chambers " postcard"(Digital painting) "The Ant Hunter". Mister Chambers appears to be a master at the craft  ....I, for one, am such a "primitive"…"
Aug 5
Richard Canard commented on De Villo Sloan's photo

Mail art by Penny Reinecke (Cottesloe, Western Australia)

"Post Scriptum:  ...oh, if you are "probably not explaining it well" then, it's not likely I would understand any response to my inquiry."
Aug 4
Richard Canard commented on De Villo Sloan's photo

Mail art by Penny Reinecke (Cottesloe, Western Australia)

"03.08.20 Dare Mister De Villo Sloan, ...I have often admired the manner in which you champion The Art of the Asemic. You have exposed us to  & revealed much to us.. Thank you , thank you. All this time, I have assumed the position that the…"
Aug 4
Richard Canard left a comment for Princess Olivia Mooncake
"03.08.20 Dare Princess Olivia Mooncake, ...A hearty welcome to these pages.  I like the drawings posted  at  your website very much.  Your website photo however, sorta reminds me of someone I  feel as if I should know…"
Aug 3
Richard Canard commented on Michael Leigh's blog post Re-hanging Landing Gallery
"03.08.20 Dare Mister Michael Leigh, ...not many of us are willing to offer a home-tour ('mini' as it maybe). Thank you.It's also,terrific that you have managed to hang on to the "old stuff", as eventually it has a way…"
Aug 3
Richard Canard commented on Motherbrando's photo


"01.08.20 Dare Ms. Motherbrando, .....a first rate series...nostalgic, pleasantly attractive, relevant & hits hard. Sincerely, richard canard"
Aug 1
Richard Canard replied to Valentine Mark Herman's discussion INTERESTING POSTCARDS!! in the group BORING POSTCARDS
"31.07.20 Dare Mister Val M.H., ....absolutely fascinating. I inspected the "Sigean"  postcard photo thoroughly with my glass magnifier & was surprised to see your profile protruding along  the extreme right edge of the…"
Jul 31
Richard Canard commented on Valentine Mark Herman's group BORING POSTCARDS
"30.07.20 Dare Mister Val M.H., .... oh, I get it. ....the" Interesting Postcards" will, of course, be disappointing & "boring" & the "Boring Postcards" will continue to be interesting & unique. How clever…"
Jul 30
Richard Canard commented on Valentine Mark Herman's group BORING POSTCARDS
"..."photos downtown"?...yeah, I meant "autos"."
Jul 29
Richard Canard commented on Valentine Mark Herman's group BORING POSTCARDS
"...well, "thanks"! Sir Bradford.  I am not impressed ( just what I was supposingly  looking for???). But I do much admire your resourcefulness... & apparently (judging from the photos downtown ) not quite as old as I thought."
Jul 29
Richard Canard commented on Valentine Mark Herman's group BORING POSTCARDS
"29.07.20  Dare Mister Val M.H., ....I give up. The B&W photo postcard of an old high school & gymnasium was sent to you in some sort of attempt  to get your "Boring Postcards" back on track as "Boring…"
Jul 29
Richard Canard commented on William M's blog post Incoming: John Held Jr., Ken B. Miller and Jimmy Connors
"28.07.20 Dare William M., et al, ...regarding the circular green, white & red Cavellini sticker & perhaps an out of place question but I saw a creepy (but well-done I thought) movie several years ago entitled  "The…"
Jul 28
Richard Canard commented on Sabela Baña's blog post I received Brain Cell 1085 from Ryosuke Cohen from Japan
"28.07.20 Dare Ms. Sabela B.,  ...yes, Ryosuke Cohen understood long ago that:  "We-were-all-in-this- together".Thanx for sharing.   SinCelery, Richard Canard"
Jul 28
Richard Canard commented on Olena Spicer's blog post generous mail from Jenn Miltenberger
"27.07.20 Dare Ms. Olena S., Ms. Jenn M. & Bradford, ....Baseball Card ATC's----the" New American Pastime". SinCelery, Richard Canard..............Post Scriptum: I really like the cicada."
Jul 27

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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