Secret Masters of Add & Pass: Bonnie Diva & Joey Patrickt (The Bon-Joey Conspiracy)

Bonnie Joey 8.27.2019 - 1

Mail art by IUOMA members Joey Patrickt (Oakland, California, USA) & Bonnie Diva (Gurnee, Illinois, USA)


August 28, 2019 - As my investigative mail art series on the current Add & Pass phenom continues, I find that  veteran legend Joey Patrickt’s (DKult Joey, Post-Urbanism) involvement in A&P is far greater than I ever would have suspected. These sheets that have recently crossed my desk and that I now share with you reveal an interesting new development in A&P currents.  They offer a hint about where the turgid mud flow of A&P sheets is ultimately headed and what it represents.

As you see, Joey Patrickt has teamed up with acclaimed emerging mail art star Bonnie Diva to launch some interesting new Add & Pass pieces. Bonnie Diva is much admired for her vintage aesthetic and for being an innovative zinester. Yet matching her with Joey Patrickt, a post-pop conceptualist, might seem dissonant or even implausible. But in these sheets they prove themselves to be a great collab duo, and the magic of the Eternal Network shines through.

HilgArt (Tom Hilgartner) (USA) and Massimo Medola (Italy) also contributed to these pieces. Massimo Medola has been involved with many recent A&P sheets I have seen, including the E (Ambassador of Utopia) Fan Club.

Perhaps the current A&P craze will prove to be a glue uniting disparate factions (such as Old School and Newbies) of the evolving network. Add & Pass, instead of being quicksand, might prove to be a healing fountain.



Another Bon-Joey A&P:


BonnieJoey 8.28.2019 - 3 side 2


This Add & Pass sheet was also included, although I don’t think it is necessarily a Bon-Joey composition:




Previous installments in the “Secret Masters of Add & Pass Series”


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Comment by De Villo Sloan on August 29, 2019 at 3:44pm

Thank you for your perspective on A&P, Bonnie Diva.

Bon-Joey, I wondered how many Tenderfoots would know it was a music reference to Bon Jovi?

Anyway, an Instant Classic collab that I will send along so others can add.

Take care, DVS

Comment by Bonniediva on August 29, 2019 at 3:01pm

Hey DVS! As always, I'm very flattered to be in one of your fine write-ups! I have fallen in love with the add/pass, because of the sheer randomness, the eclectic energy, and (who am I kidding) the fact that it leaves my cluttered studio. I adore the fact that the Add/Pass is a brief visitor in my life, a weary traveler passing through to shed inspiration or to baffle me, and then it travels onward. 

I've heard some mail artists say they don't like the Add/Pass, because they don't know what to add. It's like I tell my writing students... when you don't know what to write about, write all about how you don't know what to write about! Look at the add/pass with the eye of the artist and give it what it needs.



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