Richard Canard
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Richard Canard replied to Mah Nu's discussion Mail Art vs Correspondence Art in the group Ask Anything
"29.11.20 Post Scriptum: as is increasingly typical of  richard nowadays, he  left out an important element regarding the " New York Correspondence School" & the so-called   "play on words" by Ed Plunkett.…"
Richard Canard replied to Mah Nu's discussion Mail Art vs Correspondence Art in the group Ask Anything
"29.11.20 .................I'm no historian either, but I thought it was all  simply  referred to as  just sending a "vacation postcard" or was it a matter of joining a "Pen-Pal Club"???, …"
Richard Canard joined Ruud Janssen's group

Ask Anything

There are a lot of basic questions on Mail Art that are often asked and answered. This group might be the first place to look for answers. I will do my best to answer, but hope that other members can help out as well.
Richard Canard commented on Kathy Barnett's photo

From Ficus Strangulensis Nov 2020

"26.11.20 Dare Ms. Kathy Barnett, ... & so, am I getting this right?  Mister Ficus s. is telling us that the author  Kurt Vonnegut was attempting to explain to us this "Donald Trump Thing" well over fifty years ago?????…"
Richard Canard commented on Ficus strangulensis's photo

Carrasco's Cat

"25.11.20 ....a ' reincarnation ' as  Cablo Carrasco????"
Richard Canard commented on Bradford's blog post ARTISTAMPS by Adam Roussopoulos
"23.11.20 Dare Sir Bradford,... what a stockpile treasure of creativity ,ironic humor & art history via the artistamp. Adam Roussopoulos is an exceptional artist. ......& your elaborate posting here at the I.U.O.M.A. is appreciated. …"
Nov 24
Richard Canard commented on Anita's group Xmas New Year gifts exchange 2021
"21.11.20 Dare Ms. Anita, My previous commentary was intended to be friendly sarcasm. Which in turn, is not all together  unlike a "gift". I have always believed that sharing ideas, commentary, news clippings, doodles, jokes, drawings…"
Nov 22
Richard Canard commented on Anita's group Xmas New Year gifts exchange 2021
"21.11.20   ..ooowie, I like this idea, maybe we could stuff envelopes & send cards every day or every other day of the year?... we could call it "mail art"????"
Nov 21
Richard Canard joined Anita's group

Xmas New Year gifts exchange 2021

Hello, how about gifts exchange?Something small and fit to one simple envelope...Paper, stickers, tea?...something else?sending chain:Anita send to mabb mabb send to Richard Canard…See More
Nov 21
Richard Canard commented on Fulgor Silvi's photo


"17.11.20 Dare Mister Fulgor Silvi, ....(if i may suggest)  as a  Public Service Announcement I think we all need a Beard Gallery photo of Fulgor Silvi wearing  a Covid Mask  or a few dangling from your beard.Thank you for your…"
Nov 17
Richard Canard commented on Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat)'s blog post US postage from Mike Parsons
"17.11.20 Dare Ms. Katerina N., ...yes, I admire the  Mike Parsons Postage Stamp Postcard collage as well-- -& your "Season's Greetings USA 1981" of cancelled postage stamps is potentially even a better Xmas Greeting than…"
Nov 17
Richard Canard commented on Valentine Mark Herman's group BORING POSTCARDS
"17.11.20 Dare Val M. H., ... Sir Bradford easily illustrates your earlier point about how boring postcards can actually be quite interesting---but then, I don't think that I would ever be capable of turning a postcard into a five page…"
Nov 17
Richard Canard commented on Diana Hale's blog post No Title
"15.11.20 Dare Ms Diana Hale, ... I didn't realize that the Saguaro Cactus produced white flowers. Your embroidery is a delightful touch--- while "Geo" brings it all down to somewhere around  my level. SinCelery. Richard Canard"
Nov 15
Richard Canard commented on michael thompson's photo


"15.11.20 Dare Michael Thompson, The daily tide waters continue to habitually  push the swamp waters clear up  & over the White House oval office desktop. I can't even begin to understand how Donald Trump gets by with it all. For…"
Nov 15
Richard Canard commented on Mim Golub Scalin's group Just for SQUARES!
"14.11.20 Dare Ms. Mim G. S.,  ...all best wishes for the"Squares" group ...& as has already been established in numerous writings, the artist Ray Johnson studied with Josef Albers at BMC.  It was also  Ray Johnson…"
Nov 14
Richard Canard joined Mim Golub Scalin's group

Just for SQUARES!

There was a prompt from CreativeSprint to make something just using squares. I'd forgotten how I'd learned to love squares while teaching 2D design with Wucius Wong and Josef Albers Interaction of Color (years ago) I thought, Wow, there must be other Square lovers out there. Thanks to Katerina for the name idea. See More
Nov 14

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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