Mail art by IUOMA member Clark Hollenberg (Claremont, California, USA)
January 6, 2016 - I call this mailing by Clark Hollenberg, with a postcard-size centerpiece, an art action (or action art) because I see in this work a harnessing of energy and enthusiasm for the IDEA of the Eternal Network. Every mail art exchange can be viewed as an art action and performance, and this piece draws attention to that perspective.
I believe art and thinking about the network are always relevant because they support the idea and practice of an alternative culture outside the mainstream based on dynamic, one-on-one human relations that are ungoverned. Clark Hollenberg’s expresses movement and dynamism, capturing the physics of the network that Ruud Janssen explores.
Certainly the network is ever-changing and now involves both the digital and material realms. A foundation of shared ideals is the continuity. Obviously, this piece by Clark Hollenberg is inspiring for me. I hope it is for others as well. The ideas are expressed textually as well:
The silver packaging is very powerful:
Many thanks to Clark Hollenberg!