Mail art by IUOMA member Richard Canard (Carbondale, Illinois, USA)
October 16, 2015 - My collection of work by Richard C (aka “the hardest working man in mail art”) is growing by leaps and bounds with the arrival of many exciting new pieces, which I fully intend to document even if a time lag is involved. Have patience Richard C fans! All will be revealed. The opening of the legendary storage shed is a new factor having an impact on the Richard C vortex.
I consider the postcard-size work above classic Richard Canard Trashpo: An altered, found plastic card with a heavy Popart allusion. The result of the erasure, “hare a C,” (from “Share a Coke”) works on a number of levels. I see a Ray Johnson bunny reference in “hare.” A reference to Richard’s name can be found in “C.” The central wordplay, I think, is the creation of “heresy.” The core of the message, then, is ironic. Here is the reverse side:
The Prints of Pop sent the work in this envelope:
Here is another piece that is also classically Richard Canard:
I will close with a third work by Richard Canard that also reveals why he was embraced early on by the Trashpoets and why his work has served as an inspiration for them:
The reverse is definitely Trashpo with all the trappings including a postage due notice, although I do not remember having to spring for the release of this work:
Deepest thanks to Richard Canard!