"Sudoku & Paper Games" by Jean-Marc Rastorfer (Lausanne, Switzerland)

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Mail art by Jean-Marc Rastorfer (Lausanne, Switzerland)


March 5, 2019 - I am thrilled to have received this exceptional correspondence art from Jean-Marc Rastorfer in Switzerland (apparently not an IUOMA member).

Jean-Marc is not an artist I recall personally from anywhere along the “long dusty trail,” but I am certainly thrilled to make his acquaintance now here in the New Order of things. Apparently Jean-Marc Rastorfer has been a considerable presence in the Eternal Network for many years. I found an early reference to him in the Lomholt Mail Art Archive:


Lomholt has material representing a time when mail art (late 70s – early 80s) was probably at its most conceptual and intellectual. This possibly gives a context for the interesting mailing being documented in this blog. Rastorfer is still active and turns up on contemporary blogs. For example, here he is on Rebecca Guyver’s wonderful The Postal Ledger blog:


But enough background! Jean-Marc Rastorfer sent a wonderful letter explaining the mailing:

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Mail art by Jean-Marc Rastorfer (Lausanne, Switzerland)


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Interesting images – clearly vispo and asemics – appear on the reverse side of some of the cards:


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Mail art by Jean-Marc Rastorfer (Lausanne, Switzerland)


And the stamps:


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Mail art by Jean-Marc Rastorfer (Lausanne, Switzerland)


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Many thanks to Jean-Marc Rastorfer!


Lisa dvs 6.18.2018 - 21

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Comment by Jayne Barket Lyons on March 22, 2019 at 10:47pm

Wow! Interesting mailing!

Comment by De Villo Sloan on March 6, 2019 at 2:16pm

Thx William, I can't find him to send a message at IUOMA-Ning or FB. He's obviously a veteran still active. I really like what he sent Rebecca Guyver (UK). I will send m-a.

I think he's clearly a visual poet, but I didn't want to jinx the Fluxus-Zen quality of "Paper Games" with over-interpretation. For me, it's an extraordinary mailing. Yet it could just be Trashpo, chance etc.

Take care, dvs

Comment by William M on March 6, 2019 at 2:03pm

i got a similar mailing from him recently which was a really nice surprise.



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