Richard Canard
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Richard Canard commented on Visual Mom's blog post Will you take the #bananahat challenge?!
"Post Scriptum: A dear correspondent has been sending me some  new  "Chiquita" banana stickers.  There seems to be a variety of well Known or famous artist's  images (in cartoon form) on the stickers. (I doubt the…"
2 hours ago
Richard Canard commented on Visual Mom's blog post Will you take the #bananahat challenge?!
"20.01.21 Dare Ms. Visual Mom, ...well, I must admit, this "banana on the head" business is the perfect beret for the "mail artist". I'm somewhat surprised that such a fashionable idea has not surfaced before now (or am I…"
7 hours ago
Richard Canard left a comment for Ifé Niklaus
"20.01.21 Dare Mister Ife Niklaus, the state of Illusion real??? yes indeedy, it's where most of us Americans linger.  "Illinois" is the correct spelling...I think....& it is all too "real"....which in…"
8 hours ago
Richard Canard commented on Ruud Janssen's group ArtiStamps Creators
"19.01.21  "Hello Stamps" by Ife Niklaus: .....Now, that's what I call "Mail Art"!!!"
Richard Canard commented on Cal Desmond-Pearson's blog post People's Attitudes
"I8.01.21 I hope one day that I will be able to achieve the understanding & clear thinking of someone like  Ms. Katerina Nikoltsou  (See MomKat's previous commentary).  Sighed & signed,  Richard Canard"
Richard Canard commented on obvious front's photo

Flop note one

"17.01.21 Sir Bradford,  .......which serves to point out how far I am actually behind---- is it "1984" yet?   "
Richard Canard might attend Mel Anie's event

Musiamo Cent (Mail art call) at Specific Everywhere

January 31, 2021 at 1am to May 10, 2021 at 11:45pm
Mail Art Call: I am building Musiamo Cent (Museum 100). If you want to be a building block for the first museum in a land that does not yet exist but to which I hold the blueprint, send a piece of mail art. The inaugural collection for Musiamo Cent will be curated over 100 days as a fictional parallel to documenta 15.  Submissions received from now will be entered with in-situ text into the museum collection on the 5Ft Storyhouse blog from 31 Jan - 10 May 2021 (100 days). No returns. All…See More
Richard Canard commented on obvious front's photo

Flop note one

"16.01.21 The "Obvious Front"  has been recycling 21st Century computer bric-a-brac & plastic doo-dads into mail art  longer than anyone I know.  He is a mail art/collage artist visionary. While many of the rest of us…"
Richard Canard commented on Cal Desmond-Pearson's blog post People's Attitudes
"16.01.21... of course, there is such a  thing a "Common Courtesy" & most of us were told early on to "Play Nice". ......but, having said that--it is generally understood that "there are no rules in mail art"…"
Richard Canard commented on Carien van Hest's photo


"15.01.21 Dare Carien van Hest, What a practical & simultaneous creative curator you are.  (Whoops! I see Elizabeth Nylander is first in line) .   SinCelery, Richard Canard  "
Richard Canard commented on Mail Art Martha's group Smiles & Smirks
"11.01.21 Dare Ms. Mail Art Martha, ...recent t.v. news here reveals that science  believes that the the u.s. of a has recently developed it's own Covid  variables. So..., perhaps  we are not all that far behind after all??? ( we…"
Jan 14
Richard Canard commented on jon foster's blog post Send Mail to Lupita's
"14.01.21 Dare Mister Jon Foster, ....must be serious , that's official Ray Johnson lettering--isn't it???  Will do. SinCelery, Richard Canard"
Jan 14
Richard Canard commented on Mail Art Martha's group Smiles & Smirks
"14.01.21 Dare Ms. Katerina N., ...I see the term "Forever" has been marked thru---I hope that is correct postage after all. SinCelery , Richard C."
Jan 14
Richard Canard commented on Carien van Hest's blog post Incoming mail art from the States
"14.01.21 This is the work of Jack Latteman---isn't it???----of Cascadia ??? He is a very Contemporary Artist."
Jan 14
Richard Canard joined Mick Boyle's group


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Jan 12
Richard Canard commented on Mick Boyle's photo

everyday Fluxus

"12.01.21 Dare Mister Mick Boyle, ...when I first saw the photo of your empty t.p. roll with the internal Fluxus Group  seal I thought it was one of those empty trash containers that oftentimes sit  next to the desk or can readily be found…"
Jan 12

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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