February 20, 2011 - Could there be a mail-artist more mysterious than Atte Ourie? These colorful cards are appearing across the globe. (Finland is finding a place on the vispo map thanks to Atte and Satu Kaikkonen). I see Atte's pieces as a melding of visual poetry and the cryptic strain in mail-art. They seem to be a part of some vast project, a gigantic puzzle. If we could assemble the pieces, we might have some idea of Atte's intention. Much time has been spent at the IUOMA trying to crack the code but nothing convincing has emerged. Atte remains silent. The pattern followed on the cards (above) are shapes (maps? asemic writing?) surrounded by words (and #s occasionally) (cut-up? found?). Words appear on the address side:
If you can figure this out, you're further adrift in the ether than I am. That's assuming - as in Gertrude Stein's quote about Oakland - there is a "there there." Another card:
More classic Atte Ourie:
Thank you for your mail-art and your friendship, Atte.
Mail-art color of the day: distressed paw paw
Mail-art quote for the day:
REVIVE THE PLEISTOCENE.
Save the substrate.
Let us have huge animals
and diversity of plants
and subtle forests.
- Michael McClure, from Jaguar Skies