September 30, 2011 - Marie Wintzer is widely admired in the network for her wonderful and consistent sense of aesthetics. I also value her greatly as a friend because I think she is an incredible concept (conceptual) artist.
Recently, I received an envelope from her containing these carefully folded chance/choice pieces. I have not opened them. I assume there are written messages inside. You will notice seven of them say "chance" and one says "choice." Am I being steered to open "choice"?
This mail-art has a history that defines the concept. Like me, I know Marie recently received a "chance/choice" card from Fluxus artist JF Chapelle:
I am fairly certain JF's piece has inspired Marie to explore the chance/choice concept. She also recently posted this beautiful photo at the IUOMA:
AND Marie enjoys visiting Japanese shrines and collecting fortunes for her friends, perhaps an extension of chance/choice.
A few IUOMA members might still recall that I ran a blog feature called "Mail-Art Psychic." Here is an example of this (now discontinued) feature from December 27, 2010:
Nine muses after dieting. Visit someone. Pond denizen.
Mail-art color of the day: Citrine
The prophecy biz proved to be a lot of work. So I invited various IUOMA friends to serve as "Guest Mail-Art Psychic." As I recall, Marie was very excited about filling the position. For reasons too complex to explain here, it did not go well. In fact, Marie's service as guest psychic was the impetus that led to the elimination of the feature. I think perhaps this chance/choice mail-art represents a desire to return to the glory days of the Mail-Art Psychic. But, alas, it is not to be. All the same, many thanks to Marie for this intriguing mail-art!