Mail-art by IUOMA member liketelevisionsnow (Tamworth, New Hampshire, USA) with work by Svenja Wahl (Heidelberg, Germany)
November 28, 2014 - Fave artist and mail-art friend liketelevisionsnow sent me a package of his beautiful collage work. This mailing is so exceedingly generous and amazing that I can scarcely think how to express my thanks adequately. Fortunately, I can keep the gushing to a minimum as there are back stories to relate I think will help contextualize this work by liketelevisionsnow (ltvs). The opening piece (above) is a gorgeous, original collage mounted on cardboard worthy of instant exhibition. Documentation is included on the back:
In an accompanying message to me, ltvs wrote: “Thank you for writing the review of the ‘Glitches’ video. It was very well written and very much appreciated. I would like you to have this original collage entitled ‘Auto Suggestion’ as my way of thanking you.” You might recall I blogged news of the DK glitch art feature in the eminent of Redux: An International Magazine of the Arts:
This was a very exciting “Happening” for me to say the least, and I should be heaping ltvs with gifts for including the humble review in such an august publication and such a worthy feature on Diane Keys and glitch art. Regardless, I treasure this wonderful collage. And as if that were not enough, ltvs sent a truly remarkable publication:
This beautifully produced “zine” (the term is used tentatively to describe a publication of this quality) contains 21 plates of a series of collages ltvs made for Svenja Wahl’s (Heidelberg, Germany) Excavations zine project. Here is my announcement of the launch of Svenja Wahl’s Excavations project from last summer. (Yes, now – technically – I am talking about a publication by ltvs and separate publications by Svenja Wahl, but they are closely related):
I will provide for you some representative excerpts from Excavations by ltvs as it is not my intention to reproduce the entire ltvs zine in digital form, but I do very much want to share the art with you:
I have been able to reconstruct a backstory that provides insight into why and how this series was created. Svenja Wahl has asked each participating artist to mail her approximately 22-28 pages of original content for inclusion in issues of her Excavations zine. ltvs thus created these pieces and mailed them from New Hampshire to Germany. The situation, sadly, became MMM (More Mail-Art Melodrama). Alas, we gather that the hard copies were lost in the postal system. They did not arrive. MIA. Then it was a tragedy. Most artists can relate to the heartbreak and anxiety this would cause for all involved. BUT ltvs had the foresight to keep digital versions of the series (something we should all do always!). He turned near-tragedy into a remarkable project considerably enlarging Svenja Wahl’s Excavations concept.
Collage by liketelevisionsnow (Tamworth, New Hampshire, USA)
In his letter ltvs further explains: “I’m also sending a recent collection of my collages called ‘Excavations.’ The collages were done on printed copies of Svenja’s piece, which in German was also titled ‘autosuggestion.’ The Excavations were done for a zine that Svenja is working on at present.”
Due in part to the collaborative nature of the work with Svenja Wahl and the ltvs sensibility, the series has a remarkable serial quality employing and at times working against repetition. Visual syntax is present creating (arguably) an ambiguous but clearly present narrative.
Again, I deeply appreciate both the original collage and the Excavations publication sent by liketelevisionsnow. I hope I have given you an adequate view of this work without “letting the cat out of the bag” completely. Surely more work from the ltvs/Wahl series will surface elsewhere. We have issues of Svenja Wahl’s Excavations zine to look forward to as well.