Mail art by IUOMA member Lucky Pierre (Charleston, South Carolina, USA)
July 18, 2015 - This is slightly convoluted. Queen of Trashpo Diane Keys (Elgin, Illinois, USA) posted a comment saying she might be losing her eyesight or at least I, representing DKult New York, thought that is what I read. So I began a campaign to raise funds to buy her a seeing-eye dog. This would not be just any seeing-eye dog. This would be a seeing-eye dog from Ireland. Somewhere I got the idea that Irish seeing-eye dogs are superior to all others. Any questions? The campaign is closed because DK did not lose her eyesight after all. Crisis averted.
But the ever-compassionate and always resourceful Lucky Pierre responded quickly.
Mail artists have a fascinating tradition of printing fake currencies. Fluxus Bucks are probably the best-known example. Given the alternative art concept, exploration of alternative economies seems almost logical in the network. And DKulters have explored the idea of a D-Konomy (an alternative economy based on Diane Keys’ theories) although both theory and practice are vague at this point in time.
So, while Diane Keys’ brush with blindness – fortunately – proved to be a false alarm, the Lucky Buck – also fortunately – was born. I hope to see more and that they become a part of the various kinds of trash dollars (trash dolls) that are in circulation. Lucky Pierre put the Lucky Buck in what appears to be an old wedding invitation. Recycling, after all, is a core value of Trashpo:
Lucky Pierre’s kind message:
The Lucky Buck came in a FAB envelope:
And the reverse:
As ever, many thanks to Lucky Pierre!
A Note on Fluxus Bucks
Fluxus Bucks were created by Julie Jeffries (USA) in the 1990s. They are a world unto themselves or at least a mail art genre. Make sure to take a look: