David Stafford's Blog (192)

From Vizma Bruns

The Viz from Down Under where it is just about to be winter, sent me this heavily redacted document whose meaning is still being parsed by our security staff. Also enclosed were some clues and $10,000 in hard cold cash should we need it. All of which were sent in this....…

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Added by David Stafford on June 15, 2017 at 10:22pm — 2 Comments

From Wen Rodgers

Wen in Maryland sent this cool postcard which swam across the dusty desert to Santa Fe. In the distance we see the angry maw of the looming surveillance state or it could also be Googly Eye Island, a vacation paradise. The choice is yours. Also from Wen…

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Added by David Stafford on June 15, 2017 at 6:08am — No Comments

Prints, Boekies, and more from Carina Granlund

Two stunning prints from Carina of Petsmo. Plus...

A boekie which incorporates Finnish ephemera and some of Carina's…

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Added by David Stafford on June 14, 2017 at 7:00am — No Comments

Unknown in Seattle

Someone in Seattle was kind enough to send me this elaborate overlaid series of drawings plus an angry rabbit. There's a lot to parse here so I gave the viewer three baselines to choose from. Thank you, kind stranger.

Added by David Stafford on June 14, 2017 at 6:07am — No Comments

Meeah's Recurring Nightmare

Meeah of Brooklyn and points west sent me this droll comic a long time ago but its message is evergreen.  Thank you, Meeah. (I've got a few ideas I'd like to bounce off your Dad when he has a moment).

Added by David Stafford on June 14, 2017 at 5:59am — No Comments

Keith Chambers and His Amazing Hermes 2000

Keith scored a Hermes 2000, a Swiss-made typewriter circa 1952. Some historical background:

In 1952, Hermes came out with the 2000 model which was a black, glossy typewriter with ubiquitous round keys. The Hermes model 2000 was considered to be the absolute best of the immediate post-war typewriters, and the best looking. Later iterations of the…

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Added by David Stafford on June 13, 2017 at 7:30pm — 6 Comments

Carina's Green Monster

Carina of Petsmo sent me these helpful suggestions in case we are attacked by a large green monster. So far, "Buy a Finnish Dictionary" sounds like the solid winner though "Eat some cake" is also appealing. I will mull my options. Thank you, Carina.

Added by David Stafford on June 13, 2017 at 6:11pm — 2 Comments

Everyone's Playing the Outcast Game

The Keys Family Acrobats sent me this game that is sure to catch on (once we assemble all the pieces. Still missing: the Scottie and the Lead Pipe). The premise is simple: Find the outcast in this grouping. Central to that task is the Googlie MandEYEla, (demonstrated below by certified Googlie Eye Handler Fred X ((not his real name)) ). Unfortunately, in the…

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Added by David Stafford on June 13, 2017 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

From Alicia in Far Off Iowa

A Trump in a Box...less said about him the better for our purposes...but here the artistry is mingled with craftsmanship in a way that communicates sincerity of belief and, in true to life fashion, the T in the Box lies dumbly upon opening. Alicia was kind enough to dismantle the digital sound chip but I'm told…

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Added by David Stafford on June 13, 2017 at 5:11am — No Comments

The Bar Code and Bag Art of a Lad in Seine

From the catalog essay by Mikal Fobgrist:

No one does Bar Code art like a Lad in Seine (ALIS). No one has the patience, the fortitude, the drive, the moxie, to nail Bar Code art to the wall and let it sit there wriggling and gasping for breath. No one but a lad in Seine. (cue echoing trumpet solo from Patton).

Just to be…

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Added by David Stafford on June 13, 2017 at 4:36am — 1 Comment

Happy New Year

Don't let the bastards grind you down. The meek will inherit the earth but only after protracted legal battles.

Added by David Stafford on January 2, 2017 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

Kerri, Meeah, Brooke, RCBz and A Lad in Seine

Kerri sent me this haunting painting/drawing with a thoughtful note on the back. Thank you, Kerri. The appreciation is appreciated.

She also sent me an updated magic couch card (mine had expired in October) the flip side of…

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Added by David Stafford on December 6, 2016 at 2:28am — 2 Comments

Keith Chambers, Nancy Bell Scott, Jay Block, Carina Granlund… Plus More!

As bad as things are, I have received some outstanding mail art including these stamp sets from Keith Chambers' Dada Centennial Collection. Not available in any store they are a lovely achievement in homage to both stamps and dada if a person can pay homage to dada. That does sound like it should be illegal. A coupla close ups.…

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Added by David Stafford on November 30, 2016 at 1:27am — 7 Comments

Elsa von Freytag-loringhoven and The Keys Family Experience

Elsa von Freytag-loringhoven, long dead, sent me this instructional manual on how not to draw a cat as well as an invitation to friend this jolly Brooklyn realtor (done and done). Elsa's quotes are reprinted here for the benefit of those who, like me, have trouble seeing: "Why isn't Santa Fe in Arizona?" A very good question, Elsa and one I'm looking into.…

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Added by David Stafford on October 12, 2016 at 9:22pm — 2 Comments

The Red Balloon Assignment

Some of you may have received an envelope that contained a red balloon with instructions? This is my version. I liked how it turned out for the most part though I look more like a hunch-backed Freddy Krueger than I'd like. (My stylist gave me bad instructions.) Anyway, just before I got the assignment I had scanned this wonderful old illustration from a 1937 Popular Mechanic magazine. Suddenly it all clicked. However, in order to make the illustration come alive I had to invest $34 in a…

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Added by David Stafford on October 11, 2016 at 11:19pm — 5 Comments

From Down Under

Remember that old song: South of Waitpinga? Me neither. Vizma sent me this highly caffeinated envelope which I was afraid to open for two days. Finally I got up the courage…

Yes, friends, it's true...she has stolen my…

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Added by David Stafford on October 11, 2016 at 11:11pm — No Comments

A Tour de Force from Svenja Wahl

Svenja sent this amazingly generous boekie filled with her witty collages and all wrapped in an old Kodak picture folder from Tacoma, Washington. That's like gold inside of gold. Thank you so much, Svenja.…

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Added by David Stafford on October 11, 2016 at 10:49pm — 4 Comments

A I S, Jon, Jude, Nadine: Your Love Bombs Have Landed

Wasn't it Gertrude Stein who said: "An artist in Seine lives mainly on the Plein"? Maybe not. Anyway, here is our Paris correspondent's latest offering. The caption reads "The Vallée-Francaise seen from Col. Saint-Pierre." That's Col. St. Pierre in the foreground though he may need to turn to see the best view of the Vallée. Thank you,…

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Added by David Stafford on October 11, 2016 at 10:34pm — 1 Comment

Happy Equinox Old World and New

Added by David Stafford on September 23, 2016 at 1:17am — 1 Comment

RCBz, Carina, Miguel, Dean, Jude, Diane, Nancy and Raphael

Speed blogging continues: RCBz has sent me a forest of great images, each with a through-line of anger at the sorry state of American politics. Of course, there's more to his work than that but that's what jumps out at me. I feel your pain, RCBz and thank you for sharing your precision smart bombs with me.…

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Added by David Stafford on September 21, 2016 at 8:18pm — 3 Comments

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