Mail-Art Artist Trading Card design for IUOMA members Angie and Snooky (Port Washington, Wisconsin, USA). Snooker photo titled "Snooker Contemplates the Paradox of the Indeterminate Floating Signifier" by Angie Cope.
December 18, 2010 - The Artist Trading Card (ATC) is a world within the mail-art world. I am just learning, and luckily the IUOMA has a group where I can find out more. Especially for the holiday season, I wanted to honor all Snooky the Mail-Art Dog has done for the eternal network. Here is information about the ATC from IUOMA founder and artist Ruud Janssen that is also posted in the "Ask Anything" group. Many thanks to Ruud, as this is pretty much what I know at this point:
"ARTIST TRADING CARDS are miniature works of art created on 2 ½ X 3 ½ inch or 64 X 89 mm card stock. They are originals, small editions and, most importantly, self-produced. Anybody can produce them.The idea is that you trade them with other people who produce cards, either at TRADING SESSIONS or wherever you meet another ATC trader in person. It is important that you meet other people in person to trade - i.e. it is ok to trade by mail or to participate in editions but the main purpose of this performance is the trading session and the personal meeting. It's not about money: participants in trading sessions and editions should not be charged any money: the point of the project is the exchange of cards as well as personal experience.There are monthly TRADING SESSIONS at different places [around the world]."
I am sending Angie and Snooky this design so they can have it. I will figure out production next. Of course I am referencing Warhol's famed style of portraiture. Through a bizarre accident of chalk rubbing, I think some of these look like 19th century portraits in oil. I can imagine Snooker sitting for hours as an artist in a smock struggles to do a photo-perfect rendering that also expresses his mythic character - or maybe I can't imagine that. Snooker dreams of chasing possums in his yard.
A quiet get together will give you some great ideas. Hiccups, so to speak. Birthplace of cuneiform writing. Avoid cookies.
Mail-art typo for the day: Sleep like a lame (lamb)
Mil-art color for the day: Hair of the dog