Mail art by IUOMA member Diane Keys (Elgin, Illinois, USA)
January 12, 2015 - Diane Keys aka the Queen of Trash sent me an envelope absolutely stuffed with Trashpo and DKult promotional materials. Rather than attempt to document it all at once I will post this very compelling work as a series.
The D-Kit, analogous to the FluxKit, is already an established form in Trashpo. Included in the recent mailing, Diane Keys included a “little red book” that I deem to be a D-Kit, especially because of its preoccupation with games and chance. (The entire mailing can be viewed as a D-Kit too.)
This is genuine Trashpo for sure. Diane Keys’ found material usually has a “distressed” look. The water stains and variance in paper discoloration certainly add another, perhaps Gutai, aesthetic dimension to the work.
Diane Keys’ current use of erasure is likely influenced by Richard Canard (Illinois, USA).
The exact nature of what is to be done with the kit and what it means remains indeterminate and thus highly dependent upon the interpretation of the receiver, although its use as an exercise for developing psychic powers is pronounced. The kit suggests a game and is thus similar to the contents of FluxKits and boxes that contain various kinds of games, sometimes invented or essentially irrational. Here are the reverse sides:
Many thanks to Diane Keys for sending such a huge envelope of FAB material. This D-Kit is especially fascinating and conceptual. I hope trashpoets and kulters will stay tuned for future installments of this series; there is more great work to come!