De Villo Sloan's Blog – September 2010 Archive (20)

Received: Text/ural mail-art from Marie Wintzer (Saitama, Japan)

September 29, 2010 - A long-anticipated piece of mail-art arrived in New York from Marie Wintzer about a week ago. I follow Marie's blog and have seen her postings here at the IUOMA, so I knew what I was getting. But nothing really substitutes for the original work itself. The central, post-card size image (above) is rich with layering, text/ure, and is made meticulously (remember… Continue

Added by De Villo Sloan on September 30, 2010 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Received: Mail-art from Fluxus artist JF CHAPELLE (Bordeaux Cedex, France)

September 28, 2010 - JF CHAPELLE sent me the piece above, which was included in an envelope that also contained a postcard you can see scanned further below. First the documentation for the entire piece. This past July I mailed the item pictured below to JF (photo courtesy of JF from his IUOMA portfolio). It consists of the plastic arm of a Barbie doll from Walmart, a… Continue

Added by De Villo Sloan on September 29, 2010 at 11:30am — No Comments

Received: Part I of Mail-art prints from Brent Leopold (Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, USA)

September 28, 2010 - In the expansive global community of mail-art, Brent Leopold and I are neighbors. I received one of my first pieces of mail-art as an IUOMA member from Brent. More recently, I saw some of his new prints posted on gail d whitter's blog (she's in Canada and a very interesting veteran of the legendary Vancouver poetry scene in addition to being a mail-artist). gail… Continue

Added by De Villo Sloan on September 28, 2010 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Received: Cryptic post card from unknown mail artist (St. Cloud, Minnesota, USA)

September 27, 2010: A second installment of mail art arrived from my unknown correspondent in Minnesota. I've been waiting for an opportunity to say some small thing about cryptic mail-art (yes, I've joined the hyphen camp), as I think it is fairly unique to what we do and a definite part of any mail-art history I know. I only know a very small part of it compared to others here. I go first to Webster's…


Added by De Villo Sloan on September 28, 2010 at 3:00am — 1 Comment

Received: Mail-art and stamps from Sherri Ayers (Corona, California, USA)

September 25, 2010 - Like a number of other IUOMA friends, I'm working through and taking time to appreciate just a phenomenal wave of mail-art arriving. I received my first envelope from Sherri Ayers. In addition, to her art she included a very nice hand-written message and an invitation to participate in a mail-art poetry show. Sherri sends paint swatches. You compose poems based… Continue

Added by De Villo Sloan on September 27, 2010 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Received: Mail-art the way Mother Nature intended from Mim Golub Scalin (Richmond, Virginia, USA)

September 25, 2010 - I received a very thoughtful post card-size piece of mail-art from IUOMA friend Mim Golub Scalin that could possibly - and things are certainly open to multiple but all equally valid interpretations - make reference to a number of topics that have emerged here at various times ranging from vispo, to ripped collage, to shoes and fixing people's shoes. More of her… Continue

Added by De Villo Sloan on September 27, 2010 at 2:00am — No Comments

Received: Mail-art book (add-and-pass) from Cheryl Penn (Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa)

September 25, 2010 - Cheryl Penn is an artist in South Africa who I see as working in that borderland between written text and visual image. For lack of anything better, this area can be called the visual-verbal. This is a limited edition (1/7) mail-artists book. I included what is actually the back cover of her book, because everything she is doing is very much centered in an… Continue

Added by De Villo Sloan on September 25, 2010 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

Received: Mail-art from conceptual artist Ptrzia TICTAC (Starnberg, Germany)

September 23, 2010: Ptrzia (TICTAC) sent me a wonderful package reflecting her identity as a a conceptual artist, and I feel a real affinity for what she is doing. I'm just finishing reading "Fluxus Experience" by Hannah Higgins (University of California Press 2002). I picked this book because Higgins is the daughter of Alison Knowles and Dick Higgins: two…


Added by De Villo Sloan on September 24, 2010 at 11:30am — 6 Comments

Received: Mail art from Angie Cope and STAMMER FETISH anti-art recipe (Port Washington, Wisconsin, USA)

September 21, 2010 - Angie Cope sent me mail art - we're on round two - and it lifted my spirits in a very dark time. First, is the piece above which I think represents Angie's dog Snooky who is rapidly becoming a mail art icon. But I think it gets even better than that. The pieces below…


Added by De Villo Sloan on September 22, 2010 at 3:00am — No Comments

Received: Stamp, collage, Fluxus mail art from Samuel Montalvetti (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

September 20, 2010 - Samuel Montalvetti sent me a very full envelope of his mail art showing a wide range of areas he works in including collage, stamps, Fluxus, visual poetry as well as other mail art forms. Being new to some of the mail art practices commonly used by IUOMA members, I was very pleased to receive from Samuel…


Added by De Villo Sloan on September 21, 2010 at 1:00am — No Comments

Received: Legendary missing White Rabbit mail art by Swinx (Greifswald, Germany)

September 19, 2010 - In the depths of summer, Swinx posted this mail art print at the IUOMA. It was very popular, and I requested a large signed copy - a real favor to ask indeed. Week after week, no White Rabbit in my mailbox, Then on Saturday it suddenly appeared. I am very grateful. What is the allure of this white rabbit art that caught my attention along…


Added by De Villo Sloan on September 19, 2010 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Received: Post-feminist mail art from Jen Staggs (Dallas, Texas, USA)

September 17, 2010 - I personally appreciate Jen Stagg's mail art as much as her photos, especially shots from New Orleans I've seen elsewhere. I like receiving work from IUOMA friends that incorporates fabric, sewing, and weaving. In previous blog posts I've thanked Mariska van den Heuvel (Holland - sewn paper) and Tina Festa (Italy - woven… Continue

Added by De Villo Sloan on September 18, 2010 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

Received: "Rosso Sangue" mail art from Ander Morlando (Napoli, Italy)

September 16, 2010 - From the first time I saw his mail art at the IUOMA a few months ago, I wanted to be Ander Morlando's friend. I like the clarity, vibrant color, and his mastery of technology to make art (which is better seen in his IUOMA portfolio). I've also been intrigued by the ideas Ander must have that inform his work. I especially like and ponder about his "Simbolicus erratus" series. In the piece he sent…


Added by De Villo Sloan on September 16, 2010 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Received: Bifidus Jones mail art from the vispo phase (St. Paul, Minnesota, USA)

September 14, 2010 - Bifidus Jones recently sent me a stunning piece that integrates many vispo elements that have been mentioned in IUOMA discussions, notably layering (or over-laying) and integration of image with text. I like the expansive…


Added by De Villo Sloan on September 15, 2010 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Received: Larned Justin's mail art meets Main Street (Missouri, USA)

September 12, 2010 - Larned Justin's mail art arrived, along with other pieces by Bifidus Jones (Minnesota) and Jen Staggs (Texas). In this artwork (above), Larned uses a phtoto of the classic U.S. small town upon which to overlay complementary images creating, for me, an overall vintage and ghostly impression. I had seen Larned's work at the IUOMA but until now never looked at it closely. He definitely has a…


Added by De Villo Sloan on September 14, 2010 at 6:30pm — 4 Comments

Received: Mail art from the prolific Arttower (Bayern, Germany)

(Homage to Arttower by DVS)

September 10, 2010 - Last week I received a packed envelope from the prolific German mail artist Arttower. The set includes postcard-size…


Added by De Villo Sloan on September 12, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Received: Agitprop mailart from Grigori Antonin (Minnesota, USA)


September 7, 2010: Grigori Antonin of Minneapolis, Minnesota sent me mailart in the last several weeks that I am just catching up with now. I've made a pact with myself, in the spirit of the IUOMA, that I'll post all mail art from members I receive. Perhaps agitprop is…


Added by De Villo Sloan on September 7, 2010 at 1:00am — 2 Comments

Received: Ruud Janssen - Litsa Spathi, mail art and Fluxus stamps (Breda, Netherlands)

September 6, 2010 - IUOMA founder and artist Ruud Janssen kept up his mail art correspondence during these past weeks while traveling to Athens and Switzerland. I recently received an envelope from him that includes a page of beautiful stamps shown above (drawn by Thomas Kerr and printed by Joel…


Added by De Villo Sloan on September 6, 2010 at 2:00pm — 5 Comments

Received: Karen Champlin's (Mail) Art Nation (Chicago School, USA)

September 3, 2010 - Karen Champlin and I joined the IUOMA about three months ago, only days apart if not on the same day. She was one of my first friends, and it has been a joy watching her art evolve and blossom. I saw her earliest pieces as posts on this site. My first reaction was that they were assemblages of…


Added by De Villo Sloan on September 4, 2010 at 1:30pm — No Comments

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