Mail-art from IUOMA member Karen Champlin's "Bad Art" series (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
November 9, 2010 - First, Karen Champlin is an IUOMA best friend so what I have to say is just in the spirit of the recent work I received: She consciously set out to do a "bad art" mail-art series, which is both fun and thought-provoking. Much of it has been posted already here on the platform. She obviously saved the stinker for me because this thing is really terrible. It's hideous; and I'm in no way inflating the rhetoric. I don't think the scan adequately reveals how lousy this thing is. It looks like a Christmas card from Hell. Scooby Doo? This is like the Punk mail-art thing backwards with the same results. What happened, Karen? Jon Foster mailed his back to you? Now I see why. The irony of this series is that a lot of the other pieces didn't turn out poorly. I detected even disappointment from some people who weren't appalled. I saw some comments posted that suggested maybe Karen had a golden touch and couldn't actually produce something of poor quality. Obviously somewhere in the process of creating the series she hit her stride and began churning out some real junk. And I am one of the lucky recipients. The envelopes for the series were standard in terms of what she does:
This is a little more like an ordinary collage one might receive. They might offer some ideas for those of us who use larger envelopes
This "Bad Art" series has been great fun from start to finish, Karen. I'll place this right along all your other wonderful visual-verbal pieces and assemblages. Thanks!
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