Mail-art by Iuoma member Diane Keys (Elgin, Illinois, USA)
April 9, 2012 - Nancy Bell Scott (Maine, USA) invented the blogjam last week as a way to post a lot of incredible work in an innovative format. I am borrowing the idea to post work received where (1) I am ridiculously late blogging it or (2) it falls through the cracks and does not fit into themes I am always using or (3) I give up and admit I have no idea who sent it or (4) the mail-art somehow makes me look bad. Thanks to the blogjam concept, you will not notice any of this.
The piece above is a fantastic D-Kult item from Diane Keys. David Stafford (New Mexico, USA) sent Diane a very funny, vinyl-album parody piece that I think kicked-off this new wave of using cds and old vinyl for mail-art. Here is the reverse of Diane's Dkult meditation cd:
If you are a DKult fan or member, you might appreciate the genius of the Twister reference in relation to Mr. Stubbs, Ramone, the Shroud of Elgin, etc. If you don't know about it, don't be at all concerned but check out the Trashpo group at the IUOMA if you're curious. The cd is a true, one-of-a-kind D-Kollectible. I'm sure fakes are soon to follow. Just ignore that it is addressed to Dark wall. I'm keeping it.
On the subject of cds and mail-art, I was thrilled to receive a beautiful, painted cd from Katerina Nikoltsou (Greece). She has also had a hand in bringing this idea into mail-art, and I especially like this series she did:
Unfortunately, she used this stunning piece to remind me I need to send her a book chapter that is way, way overdue. I think her Greek spring pieces are lovely and received one recently (this year):
The purple background is hideous. Color switch. Katerina makes tremendous stamps. I always look forward to collecting more Katerina stamps:
Now for a mystery. This is a high-quality photo with a very cool little envelope of items. I've been admiring this for a while:
Am I missing something obvious? I can't figure out who sent this. Speaking of pieces, I thought JF Chapelle's (France) holiday cards were outstanding this year:
I thought I had better wait until Easter to thank him, you know, just to be sure.
Theo Nelson (Toronto, Canada) has been very kind to send me a number of his distinctive postcards that include poems:
Mail-art by Theo Nelson (Canada)
Here is a postcard-size collage from dear and faithful friend DharmaDaDa Erni Baer:
(Mail-art by Erni Baer, Germany)
Erni has also sent me larger and more complex work that I think deserves no less than an entire blog, so that part shall have to remain and IOU.
Prettylily (aka Sue Bowen - Virginia USA) is a good friend dating back to asemic days. We have managed to get very out-of-sync with our mailings. Here is a hand-painted envelope related to Cheryl Penn's (South Africa) Zalop call - a part of the larger, ongoing Fluxus word performance by Ruud Janssen (Netherlands):
I can't read much of this, but I know part of it has somedthing to do with KDJ's head injury, which means someone with knowledge of the DKult. I still can't figure out who sent it.
Susan McAllister sent a piece that arrived last week. I think it is very funny, extremely relevant, and self-explanatory:
Many thanks for all the great mail-art! Please keep it coming.
More d-vinyl unless you're a cd
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