“Asemic Trashpo” by IUOMA member Richard Canard (Carbondale, Illinois, USA). Image courtesy of Nancy Bell Scott
February 19, 2018 - An original member of Ray Johnson’s New York Correspondance School (NYCS), Richard Canard is one of the most recognized and important mail artists working today. I doubt anyone in the network would dispute my contention.
Like most NYCS members, Richard Canard has roots in the avant garde associated with Neo-DaDa, Fluxus and Pop Art, among others. Richard C makes frequent forays into visual poetry, erasure, object poetry and other related visual-textual forms. He increasingly produces asemic work. The results are always interesting, and I’m very glad to share this piece he sent to Nancy Bell Scott in Maine, USA. (I am using this for my Asemic Front project.)
Nancy Bell Scott reports Richard calls the piece “asemic-trashpo.” It is made of some kind of decomposing material he “found in the street after rain.” (We find the Gutai aesthetic here.) I also believe asemicists will concur this is a prime example of found asemics. The term “object poem” might also be a useful descriptive. Asemic Front definitely encourages found material and “eco-asemics.”
Deepest thanks to Richard Canard and to Nancy Bell Scott for bringing this work to my attention.