RECEIVED: A Perfect Match - Fluxus Affair + IUOMA Mail-Art from Test Tower (Centralia, Washington, USA)

Mail-art by IUOMA member Test Tower (Centralia, Washington, USA)

 

May 15, 2011 - A good friend to many of us in the network, Test Tower has released this incredible large post-card size piece that is part of his ongoing Fluxus Affair Project.

 

This particular piece uses a wedding, or at least an engagement?, of the Fluxus Affair and the IUOMA - a match made in heaven, of course. Test Tower's style is immediately recognizable. I marvel at his skill - artistic and technical - in making this mail-art. He always manages to achieve a seamless unity often incorporating retro, super-realism, and the surreal. I think it all comes together to create something NEW. The reverse side is equally wonderful:

 


How does he achieve these amazing popping colors? I actually had to tone them down a bit in the scans. TT has had a challenging winter. I hope springtime is better for him. We must keep exchanging mail-art! Test Tower maintains a truly outstanding blog. Not only does he get and post interesting work from all over the world, he writes some insightful commentary. The Fluxus Affair is there too:

 

http://www.heebeejeebeeland.blogspot.com/

 

Best wishes TT. As you say: "See you in the mail."


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Comment by De Villo Sloan on May 16, 2011 at 12:18am

Hi Cheryl & Bifidus, nice to hear from some other TT fans. In a blog about David Stafford, this West Coast (USA) School of mail-art came up. I was alerted to it by reading comments on RCBz's blog (Minnesota). I think maybe Mike Dickau's work is a good example. Test Tower has this same sort of precision, cleanness (compared to DW's splatters in the East), and representational artistic talent. I can only appreciate it; I could never do this kind of work.

 

After thinking about his Fluxus Affair concept, I'm making an offer to TT. He is invited to be Minister of Fluxus Affairs in the Sandpo Movement. 

Comment by cheryl penn on May 15, 2011 at 8:03pm
The visual consistency in T.T.'s work - its wonderful :-)
Comment by Bifidus Jones on May 15, 2011 at 6:30pm
Thanks so much for posting Test Tower's mail art, De Villo. I love his work and also wonder how the heck he does it. His postcards are precise, nostalgic, but also very in-the-moment.

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