Cover of mail-art Trashbook collab by IUOMA members meeah williams (Brooklyn, New York, USA), Diane Keys (Elgin, Illinois, USA) & Moan Lisa (Des Moines, Iowa, USA)
July 31, 2014 - I am knocked out by this stunning Trashbook received from meeah williams in Brooklyn, New York. This instant classic brings together for the first time under one cover the work of Trashpo All-Stars Diane Keys, Moan Lisa and – of course – meeah. The chemistry is palpable, and I am thrilled to share the work in its entirety.
meeah williams included a doily identifying the contributors.
Above is the inside front cover and first page. The Trashbook is filled with pockets that sometimes contain items that can be removed and studied.
The “Duchamp is a jerk” material on the left is by Moan Lisa. On the right, meeah williams makes fine use of Yellow Pages that have a great texture.
In the middle portion of the book, the concept of the page deconstructs or, perhaps a more exact term, decomposes into shreds dominated by the Yellow Pages. Indeed, the paper itself seems to be decomposing; and I see a superb example of Trashpo Gutai that is second only, perhaps, to work by Wendy A. Rogers.
Above is another view of the D-Khaotic center section of the collaborative Trashbook.
Having passed through the Gutai section, the Trashbook magically reforms into a more conventional artists book format. meeah williams even included a hole, no doubt as a nod to Holism.
Above is the last page and inside back cover. I can’t call this an Aesthetic Trashbook; it has far more affinity with the anti-art Trashbook strain. meeah williams does, however, manage to provide some incredible juxtapositions of consumer trash with fine art.
And the back cover of this tour-de-force. Nor does meeah ever fail to deliver in terms of envelope art:
The usual suspect:
Thanks and congratulations to meeah, DK and Moan Lisa!