David Stafford's Blog (194)

Jones, Foster, Jones Bz, Lisa & Jimenez

A very cool intro to the work of Frank B. Jones. Reminiscent of the early work of Larry Poons, this kinetic swarm of dancing colors looks as though it was handpainted by Mr. Jones. Quite a feat. Really amazing, Frank. Thank you.…


Added by David Stafford on December 17, 2014 at 5:51am — 4 Comments

Starr, Cope, Keys, Wendell-Mojica and Petal, Attorneys at Law

An envelope stuffed with goodies from Alicia Starr Ryan. The Widow Jane. (Not getting the reference but it doesn't matter. The picture is conjure-worthy). Love that sneer. The gun is fake as is the anger but I wouldn't mess with her either way. (Don't you love the way women in movies are never far from their lipstick, even while sleeping or tubbing.) Also a…


Added by David Stafford on December 13, 2014 at 10:30pm — 4 Comments

Grecian Earns… Big Bucks

Received this week...from Katerina, a Christmas Card and one of the new patterns from the Nikoltsou Collection premiering in Milan this Spring. She also sent also some snaps from the 21st Annual IUOMA Cotillion Ball where she wore this very pattern. Katerina, I was sorry to hear about the buffet mishap. Thank you, and Mele Kalikimaka.…


Added by David Stafford on December 12, 2014 at 5:51am — 5 Comments

Suus in Mokum

Suus in Mokum sent me a packet made up of three of her musical watercolors. Of course, my relation with Suus in primarily a business one. She sends me the patterns and I help them find their way into the House of Suus collection. So far we've managed to net over 30 million. That's pixels but down the road they could turn into krüken (the official imaginary…


Added by David Stafford on November 10, 2014 at 11:44pm — 3 Comments

Blank Askew Cooks Wendell-Mojica Granlund

Christina and Jurgen of 5Blanks Studios have both sent me cool stuff recently. This is Christina's offering:

He seems friendly enough for a zombie. Or perhaps he's arrived for the Day of the Dead or perhaps he's a…


Added by David Stafford on October 15, 2014 at 6:38am — 1 Comment

Some Recent Additions

Some recent arrivals. First, just two of the jam-packed envelope of Diane Keys trasheratory. (Diane don't come round much here anymore so I can say pretty much anything I want about her.)  On the left is her artistic challenge by way of the Oats and Dairy Council. On the right, my entry. I broke most of the rules so I probably won't get my Tweets distributed…


Added by David Stafford on September 29, 2014 at 11:40pm — 7 Comments

The Wonder Sauna Hot Pants and The Oily Doily

Diane Keys and I are playing "Conjure This!" She said: Conjure Wonder Sauna Hot Pants with Batwings! and I complied (sorta, see below) and I said to her Conjure The Oily Doily, aka a moist towelette sold exclusively in steak and lubester restaurants and, well, see above. She also added some wonderful photos of her as a child. Luckily this stage has almost…


Added by David Stafford on August 17, 2014 at 12:28am — 9 Comments

The Legacy SUPER RUSH Mail Art Call:

My friend Christie Green of Radicule asked me a couple of months ago if I wanted to do a show in September (the fifth) in her new gallery. I said sure not remembering that I'm not an artist (in any traditional sense), have nothing to tell people about the topic at hand and in general am…


Added by David Stafford on August 3, 2014 at 9:36pm — 3 Comments


I received a really great package of stuff from KDJ but I'm going to concentrate on just the photos she sent because they're all of me and I'm extremely Davecentric. No surprise there. Alas, this is not quite the socko thank you that I'd hoped for but it's only my third video.....so next time....



Added by David Stafford on August 3, 2014 at 1:50am — 3 Comments

Harford, Radford and Tic Tac

A giganto barrel of work from Tic Tac, our friend in far off Starnberg. With a collection this big you could start a museum which I have done and now I have to write the copy for the exhibition catalogue. Starting in the upper left hand corner three images become a "Vagrant Story" of the viewer's own weaving. Because the photos will probably be too small to see…


Added by David Stafford on July 31, 2014 at 1:28am — 13 Comments

Mail Art Special Olympics: Phase Two

Added by David Stafford on July 29, 2014 at 6:40am — No Comments

Jay Block and Katerina Nikoltsou

Jay Block sent me this deceptively simple photo collage, an elegant blending of imagery that hints at the confused sensuousness trapped beneath the victorian finery. Great color palette. It's like a sachet in your great-grandmother's underwear drawer. I love the range of expressions in the group. Clearly they were instructed to look like proud hardwood…


Added by David Stafford on July 28, 2014 at 6:36am — 2 Comments

Nadine and Susan

New Arrivals. Nadine Wendell-Mojica sent me this PeeWee goes Headless pc which I have duly appropriated. Also in the envelope was this:

Note the swiveling hand. The text reads: "This is Terry; Rehab Counselor at…


Added by David Stafford on July 22, 2014 at 5:57am — 2 Comments

Amy, Moan Lisa and Katerina

Amy Irwen sent me this CD with a duality all its own. On one side dire straits: time bombs and menacing shadowy figures, on the other the Fear No Art mandala, emerging from the center of a Frank Zappa vortex, all hand-made, which means many hours dipping into the gigantic vat of Mod Podge Amy keeps by her nightstand. And because I told Amy about the humble…


Added by David Stafford on July 20, 2014 at 10:55pm — 4 Comments


I received this today from Wen though I had to track the address down to identify them. It's really a suite of sweet pieces beginning with this…

…tender rendering of two farmers dancing as the mighty Sligo Creek meanders by in…


Added by David Stafford on July 8, 2014 at 2:03am — 10 Comments

Raphael 'L: Who Wins The Race

An interesting double sided bit of eco-politique. On one side the ever-popular children's illustration: "who is the fastest animal?" to which Raphael has added a new entrant: Climate Change Refugee, dead last. Observing all this, clipboard in hand, a corporate lackey trying to either monetize or weaponize some kidney stone of information they've extracted from…


Added by David Stafford on July 3, 2014 at 6:55am — 3 Comments

Katerina and Nancy: A Forced Collaboration

In this corner wearing the blue and white of her native Greece, Katerina Nikoltsou. And in that corner Nancy Bell Scott and her Big Hair of Yesteryear. Let's put them into the Blog-o-Matic Blender and turn it up to 7.

Voila! Not too bad…


Added by David Stafford on July 1, 2014 at 7:18am — 3 Comments

Dean aka Our Man in Sienna or Mantua or Pantua

Dean's latest is all of a piece with this trend I've noticed: Classical Revivalism. (Based on a statistical sample of two). Parenthetical expressions may reflect the opinions of others. Authorial voice resumes here: Yes, but look at the other example: Indiana Roger's History of Art as expressed through the shape of a curvilinear phallus. (It…


Added by David Stafford on July 1, 2014 at 5:30am — 9 Comments

Michael Harford's Book of Many Wonders

Imagine for a moment Michael Harford's joy when he came across this wonderful book in some dank, cockroach infested cellar at an estate sale (some details may be inflated for purposes of drama). The cover alone, without the strangely modern title, would be worth the price of many sighs. But this, as it turns out, was a popular self-improvement book of its time.…


Added by David Stafford on June 30, 2014 at 5:06am — 2 Comments

Raphael 'L

I received this spare bit of death-infused whimsey last March when Raphael 'L was in the throes of moving and I think she felt like the suitcases were calling the tune. Hence The Dancing Master. 

The envelope has a lovely painterly flair.…


Added by David Stafford on June 29, 2014 at 1:16am — 1 Comment



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