I received this yesterday from Dean Marks, the King of Bar Code Art....Though at this point he's probably more like the Emperor or the High Priest or even the God of Bar Code Art. He has taken it beyond the beyond. Check it out.


Now I have to admit the first thing that I thought of was not bar code. I don't think the two dimensional scan can convey the tactile nature of this card which is composed of bright orange pieces of wood interwoven with bar code tape and ribbon. No, the first thing I thought of was wampum or some Native American bead work. Or the missing breast plate of an Ojibwa warrior. It has that kind of feel to it: something that could be (and will be?) used as a rate of exchange. There is also a suggestion of a string of firecrackers but my first impression is definitely leaning toward the wampum angle. I have studied it a bit and I can't quite figure how how Dean did this without putting in many hours of laborious work. A definite stunner. Thank you, Dean.


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Comment by Marie Wintzer on January 28, 2012 at 1:33am

That's a great postcard! It looks very much like barcode weaving, with much skills!

Comment by DKULT on January 27, 2012 at 4:08pm

I love Dean's recent use of these fibers and ribbons. It reminds me of those guatemalan textiles

Comment by Nancy Bell Scott on January 27, 2012 at 3:51pm

He must spend hours of laborious work on most of his mail art. He's really in it for the love, apparently. Great piece, Dean, and very imaginative blog, David. 

Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on January 27, 2012 at 1:09pm

Wow, that is all woven...and they are not rubber bands either!

Amazing art from Dean, and thanks for the blog, David!

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Comment by Nadine Wendell-Mojica on January 27, 2012 at 6:08am

I just love these. I remember bar codes coming out and thinking; "These will never last..."

Comment by cheryl penn on January 27, 2012 at 5:18am

A Lad Insane or  earlier  variation - Love Aladdin Vein either way, MCD fits :-))) -  I also don't know why they didn't use the M - is mad not politically correct or something? I KNOW it to be a definite state of being... 

Comment by Susan McAllister on January 27, 2012 at 3:35am



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