Mail art by IUOMA member Melissa Wand (Wausau, Wisconsin, USA)
August 30, 2019 - In this New Order of mail art, Fluxus is another facet of network history that is enjoying renewed interest. Melissa Wand’s FluxFish project captures the spirit of the “Old Fluxus” and translates it into an activity coherent in the 21st century.
The Fluxus movement of the 1960s and 70s – most commonly associated with visual and performance art – embraced, practiced and encouraged mail art perhaps second only in fervor to Ray Johnson (who was associated with Fluxus but not a member). Many mail art conventions we take for granted today have their origin in Fluxus, including – for one – the emphasis on collage. In the alternative culture of the Eternal Network, Fluxus concepts continue unabated.
Melissa Wand – as far as I know – is a newcomer to the network. Whether by knowledge or intuition, Melissa Wand created a project that fits the Fluxus spirit perfectly.
The FluxFish are accompanied with instructions. The card (below) is essentially an Event Score – the Event Score being one of the most common Fluxus artifacts – that gives the recipient instructions and brings a performance component into mail art exchange. The origami-inspired fish made of shredded envelopes are Fluxus friendly as well: They are a creative activity accessible to everyone and have an element of anti-art.
Mail art by Melissa Wand (Wausau, Wisconsin, USA)
Melissa Wand also included an Add & Pass sheet started by Carmen Kennedy (Austin, Texas, USA). Note adds have been made so far by The Celestial Scribe (Brazil) and The Introverted Post (Ohio, USA).
Mail art by IUOMA member Carmen Kennedy (Austin, Texas, USA)