More Games of Chance by Stan Askew (Pasadena, California, USA)

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Mail-art by IUOMA member Stan Askew (Pasadena, California, USA)

November 20,2014 - I was thrilled with my first mail-art exchange with the great Stan Askew as well as the blog discussion of West Coast (USA) mail artists he inspired. Stan Askew has moved our trading to a new level with these two absolutely spectacular, exhibition quality pieces he sent. These are larger, sturdy works – approximately 6 X 8 inches - incredibly sharp images revealing Stan’s esoteric but fascinating symbol system.

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In my first, close look at Stan Askew’s art, I confess to being so awed by his collage abilities that I did not note his use of visual syntax as much as I should have. He certainly employs many elements of visual poetry in his work. The appearance of consistently chosen symbols that have complex (and changing) relationships to each other as well as newly interjected material drive his work. Themes include chance and randomness, the postal system and numerology. I am sure you can find others. The work was thoughtfully placed inside these covers:

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The reverse:

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And all was enclosed in this envelope:

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Many thanks to Stan Askew for this FAB work!

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Comment by De Villo Sloan on November 21, 2014 at 7:26pm

Stanana. Or Santana maybe I was thinking.

Comment by Rebecca Guyver on November 21, 2014 at 6:43pm

Brilliant!

Comment by Dean aka Artist in Seine on November 21, 2014 at 5:32pm

I shudder to even think of it.  Stan in Banana Land.  He would over run it.  But the idea is now planted, so lets give him a few bananas and see where he goes with it.

Comment by De Villo Sloan on November 21, 2014 at 12:41pm

Thanks, Dean. Imagine what Stan could do with bananas. It seems like a logical next step. Maybe this will give him ideas.

Comment by Dean aka Artist in Seine on November 21, 2014 at 10:02am

Wow, Love this one.  Yes marvellous & amazing.  Bravo Stan.

Thanks for blogging.

Comment by Richard Canard on November 21, 2014 at 5:15am

20.11.14 Dare De Villo S., .....  I  too, admire  the formal mailings of  Mister Stan Askew. I'm always reminded me of a religious altar or  an icon on a postcard.  Richard C.

Comment by De Villo Sloan on November 21, 2014 at 3:22am

Thx Marni, PP & Alicia - these are great pieces by Stan - better than the scans can convey.

Comment by Petrolpetal on November 20, 2014 at 8:53pm

amazing work; amazing blogging !

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