Study in Black & White by Susan Mc Allister (Berkeley, California, USA)

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Mail art by IUOMA member Susan Mc Allister (Berkeley, California, USA)

January 27, 2016 - Work by individual mail artists tends to travel in wave-like patterns. Those attentive to the flux of the Eternal Network have recently been enjoying new work by Susan Mc Allister that is popping up in mail boxes and then being posted on the internet.

I am thrilled to have received this new, postcard-size piece from Susan that seems part of the recent wave. Her abstract style (not unlike what those engaged in DKult Doodle Therapy are doing) is being continually refined. I believe it reaches a new level in this piece. The organic quality is still present. But for me the piece utilizes in the most interesting way an exploration of geometry and machine-like structures. Both vertical and horizontal views reveal interesting relationships in the piece. I think this view is very interesting:

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I will not relegate this work to the realm of asemic writing/art. Yet I note that there are definite asemic or at least asemic-suggestive symbols in the work that provide more depth. They add to the syntactic quality (the way a sentence is composed of small units aka words) of the piece.

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Congratulations to Susan Mc Allister on the success of this great new series. Many thanks for including me!

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Comment by Susan McAllister on January 29, 2016 at 6:01am
Thank you, DeVillo. I guess I'd better go get a new supply of red Sharpies.
Comment by De Villo Sloan on January 29, 2016 at 1:10am

Susan M. has certainly reached an artistic pinnacle if she "owns" the color red.

First, I wanted to take this opportunity to congratulate Richard on the SC exhibition. A link to an article was circulated and attracted much interest here. The artist known to us as Lucky Pierre has displayed some wonderful pics from the opening night on FB. I was hoping she would share them here at IUOMA as well. Really fantastic stuff.

Anyway, I'll conclude with what everyone really wants. Some classic red by Susan Mc Allister who can do red better than anyone else can do red:

Comment by Susan McAllister on January 29, 2016 at 12:28am
Hi guys, There is no major significance to the black and white. i just like to explore something new sometimes. There will be more black and white and red when I tire of black and white. iRichard, I did make a few cards with black, white, red and yellow, but it didn't work for me. If.you're interested I'll send you one, but don't say I didn't warn you.
Comment by Richard Canard on January 28, 2016 at 4:36pm

28.01.16 Dare De Villo S., ... I received an intricate but stark B&W drawing from Ms. Susan Mc Allister as well & of course, was perplexed (it doesn't take much for richard) about the "red". ...but who knows???  She is one of those disciplined but provocative IUOMA members who dares to explore the possibilities. We may  even one day see a bit of "blue" ( or can you imagine a uncanny "yellow" )??? Whatever, I look forward to more of the same or a change of pace by Susan Mc A. ... as ever, thanx for posting & posting.   Richard C.

Comment by De Villo Sloan on January 28, 2016 at 12:00pm

Good eye & memory, Dean.

I was at a loss, especially for a title, when I saw Susan wasn't working in her classic red & black.

We shall, no doubt, ponder the significance of this for a long time (unless she cares to explain).

Comment by Dean aka Artist in Seine on January 28, 2016 at 11:51am

What?  No RED?  Send it back & ask for a refund !

Thanks for the fun blog.

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