Richard Canard
  • Male
  • Carbondale, Illinois
  • United States Minor Outlying Islands

Richard Canard's Friends

  • Bob Corrigan
  • Adam VOID
  • Mike Parsons
  • Drew B. David
  • Keye C.
  • A s l ı, The Turkish Agent
  • DaveA Araki
  • Miss Noma 2
  • Miss Noma 2
  • Monsenhor enVide neFelibata
  • Terry Owenby
  • Roberto Bergamo

Richard Canard's Page

Latest Activity

Richard Canard commented on Visual Mom's photo


"21.05.18 Dare Ms. C. Mehrl Bennett, ...generally, I like dogs (cats too, for that matter) but I'm not necessarily crazy about them. I am however especially fond  of so-called  "visual poetry". I find your collaboration…"
Richard Canard commented on Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat)'s blog post CIRCLES...stitched from Amy Irwen
"18.05.18 Dare Ms Amy I., ....oh, no, no, no..I failed to state it all clearly. My limitations would limit me to the stapler approach instead of  the needle & thread /sewing machine approach. could only amount to constant…"
May 18
Richard Canard commented on Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat)'s blog post CIRCLES...stitched from Amy Irwen
"17.05.18 Dare Ms. Katerina Nikoltsou & Ms. Amy Irwen, ...Wow! What a provocative stitched mailing. --- I  can only imagine that  if I had such  finesse  & skills (as it is, I would probably resort to trying to utilize…"
May 18
Richard Canard commented on Carolyn Cline's blog post From Barbargirl
"06.05.18 Dare Ms. Carolyn C. & Ms. Barbargirl, ....oh, goodie, goodie what is the source for "Originafake"?? Sincelery, Richard C."
May 6
Richard Canard commented on Valentine Mark Herman's photo

Only the Rabble Play Scrabble...

"25.04.18 Dare Mister Valentine Mark Herman, ...assuming you are on the level & ironic as per usual--this scrapbull thing is  terrific. I have oftentimes been amazed at how much territory you seem to cover as an artist. ---what was it that…"
Apr 25
Richard Canard replied to Heleen de Vaan's discussion Stamps, Stickers, Stationery in the group 2018 : IUOMA 30 years old
"24.04.18 Dare Ms. Heleen de Vaan  & Mister  Domenico Ferrara Foria, .... a noble subject/theme & a noble effort.  I offer admiration, encouragement & gratitude.  Sincerely, Richard C. "
Apr 25
Richard Canard joined Ruud Janssen's group

2018 : IUOMA 30 years old

On the upper corner of the IUOMA at NING it reads:On August 16th 1988 the idea of the IUOMA was born. In November 2008 this IUOMA platform at NING became the home for members.So, in 2018 it seems we will still be here in NING thanks to all the members that donate, and we have the peasure of celebrating 30 years of IUOMA and 10 years on NING.This groups is to start with ideas on how we will do that. We are now quite large, so we can surely think of something good to do. Start a discussion when…See More
Apr 25
Richard Canard commented on Visual Mom's blog post Scanning & Sharing Mailart here or on Facebook platform
"Post Scriptum: "There are no rules in mail art except the ones you choose.""
Apr 17
Richard Canard commented on Visual Mom's blog post Scanning & Sharing Mailart here or on Facebook platform
"16.04.18 Dare Ms. Visual Mom (i.e. Ms. C. Mehrl Bennett),  ..."it's only done on a whim, not with any regularity." .. A "whim"???.........well, I guess I should start feeling bad & guilty again ( I must owe a…"
Apr 17
Richard Canard commented on De Villo Sloan's group Asemic Writing for Mail-Artists
"15.04.18 Dare DeVillo Sloan, ...whatever did you say to Ruud Janssen? Those are all illegal sigils. Sincelery, Richard Canard"
Apr 15
Richard Canard left a comment for jon foster
"05.04.18 Dare Mister Jon Foster, ...I have entered my two cents & relayed the Collab Book that you generously sent my way. If there is one to spare----may I have another?? Sincelery, Richard Canard...........Post Scriptum: was pleased to see…"
Apr 5
Richard Canard commented on De Villo Sloan's group Asemic Writing for Mail-Artists
"05.04.18 Dare Mister Devillo Sloan, ...I have a hard time just keeping up with whatever & all that you do, but "yes" ---I'd like to attempt in trying once again to participate in this new series of yours- "Studies of Material…"
Apr 5
Richard Canard commented on Ian C Dengler's photo


"01.04.18  Dare Ian C.D., ...April the First (Iron on Knee) up too late for sunrise services again this year... yesterday, on my habitual walk around the neighborhood, I saw multiple, busted (stomped?) plastic  colored eggs on the…"
Apr 1
Richard Canard commented on De Villo Sloan's group Asemic Writing for Mail-Artists
"30.O3.18 Dare DeVillo S.,  ... what's going on here? Are you encouraging mail artists to actually get back in the studio & paint again  ---like in real "art" & stuff????  Sincelery, Richard C."
Mar 30
Richard Canard commented on De Villo Sloan's group Asemic Writing for Mail-Artists
"28.03.18 Dare De Villo S. & Ruud J., ... no one's dribble is as important as  Jackson Pollock' s drival. ...Or is it?????? Ray Johnson liked to dribble. SinCelery, Richard C."
Mar 29

Profile Information

Mail-Artist since:
Early 60's
My Website:
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 

Comment Wall (13 comments)

You need to be a member of International Union of Mail-Artists to add comments!

Join International Union of Mail-Artists

At 10:56pm on September 26, 2017, A. Sleep said…

Richard, friend me too, I changed my security settings.... noone can see my posts now unless they are my friends on here.

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.




Want to support the IUOMA with a financial gift via PayPal?

The money will be used to keep the IUOMA-platform alive. Current donations keep platform online till 1-aug-2019.   If you want to donate to get IUOMA-publications into archives and museums please mention this with your donation. It will then be used to send some hardcopy books into museums and archives. You can order books yourself too at the IUOMA-Bookshop. That will sponsor the IUOMA as well.










© 2018   Created by Ruud Janssen.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service