Mail Art by the Incredible Hull-K - E Elkan (Hull, UK)

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Mail art by IUOMA member E Elkan (Hull, UK)

May 2, 2015 - Exciting things are happening in Britain these days, and E Elkan (E E) – an apparent newcomer – is contributing to the effort. I spotted some fine work already by E E on Rebecca Guyver's blog, and E E is currently a presence at IUOMA-Ning where one can see more examples of the art.

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E Elkan produces what I will label a kind of expressionist art that exists on a borderland between rarified aesthetics and engaging graphic art. Sometimes I find the work making a segue into cartoons, which is meant to be a compliment. I certainly see a style and attitude ideally suited to mail art. E Elkan also has a special stamp-making talent. It is also early in the game, and I am relating some general and largely unformed impressions at this stage.

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In this mailing, E Elkan explores Moan Lisa’s (Iowa, USA) 5089 concept. 5089 is one of Moan’s calls that has “legs.” Many artists have responded. With Moan Lisa, I caution against seeking rational or logical explanations. 5089 seems to represent Moan’s idea of a post-mail art movement,  but defining that movement is left to the participants. Digressions and contradictions are accepted and expected.

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Like many of Moan’s chosen symbols and icons, 5089 is indeterminate. For the participating artists, it has become a floating signifier to be used for various subjective purposes. E Elkan sent the work in a wonderfully decorated envelope:

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And the reverse:

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Deepest thanks to E Elkan of Hull for sending this wonderful mail art!

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Comment by E Elkan on May 2, 2015 at 9:46pm

Thanks again for blogging and the kind words.

Great title, would read again.

Comment by De Villo Sloan on May 2, 2015 at 9:25pm

Thank you for pointing that out, Finn Badger.

The envelopes are wonderful, and I applaud E Elkan for choosing to do some advertising for Hull. Some mail artists can use where they live as a beneficial part of the persona. Others have a harder time. What I'm trying to express is that Hull looks interesting.

I tried to reflect that in my Incredible Hull-K title. Other possibilities were "Hull is for Children" (after the song) or E Elkan - Hull's Angel (the biker). 

Great mail art here, IMHO, and not easy to label.

Comment by FinnBadger on May 2, 2015 at 6:08pm

The envelope alone is worth the price of admission.

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