Volume #18 in Sharon Silverman's 50 Mail Art Books Project (Massachusetts, USA)

Collab book by IUOMA member Sharon Silverman (Haverhill, Massachusetts, USA)
& IUOMA member De Villo Sloan (me) (Auburn, New York, USA)
 
 
 
October 5, 2019 - Sharon Silverman is a visual artist from Massachusetts, USA, widely admired in the Eternal Network. She also has a talent for creating, managing and documenting mail art calls of great inclusiveness and depth, a rare skill that is always needed. Her Face of Jesus call (do not be dissuaded by the title!) - now concluded - is worth your perusal; documentation can be found online.
 
More recently Sharon Silverman has launched another ambitious project that is producing impressive results. For instance, I think her book series collabs with Nancy Bell Scott are fabulous.
 
Sharon plans to publish no less than 50 collaborative books. At the time of this writing, I estimate she is approximately half way through the editions and that participation is a "hot ticket" in the network; but you can contact her if you are interested. Here is her call from IUOMA-Ning:

 "I am inviting MailArtists to send me 10 original pieces of work. Any theme. Artwork must be no larger than 8.5 x 11 inches. I will scan your artwork and combine it with 10 pieces of my work and create a one of a kind MailArt Book for each of us. I have done 7 [outdated] books so far and would like to work with as many Artists as possible. I will mail your original artwork back to you with your book. Mail to : 50 MailArt Books, c/o Sharon Silverman, P.O. Box 1212, Haverhill, MA 01831 USA."
 
 
 
 Collaborative book by Sharon Silverman & De Villo Sloan
 
 
I have admired Sharon Silverman's work for a long time, so I sent her a sequence of ten concrete visual poems (with asemics!) for the new project. I received this book via snail mail, and I assume documentation will appear in some form online. (However this is a HUGE effort she is undertaking, I understand, so participants will hopefully help share in the documentation.) I am thrilled with the pieces Sharon Silverman made in response to my sequence. As is my usual practice, I will not reproduce the book entirely. I will present a healthy selection of excerpts:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                                                        Collaborative book by Sharon Silverman (left) 
& De Villo Sloan (ghostly concrete right)
 
 
 
 
 Sharon Silverman (left) & De Villo Sloan (right)
 
 
 
 
                                                    Sharon Silverman (right) & De Villo Sloan (left)
 
 
 
 
 
 Sharon Silverman (left) & De Villo Sloan (right)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Sharon Silverman (left) De Villo Sloan (right - asemic writing)
 
 
 
 
 Sharon Silverman (right) De Villo Sloan (left)
 
 
 
  By Sharon Silverman
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Comment by Robin Jeree on October 8, 2019 at 6:58am

Gosh, this is really sharp, great to see both of your work together!

Comment by Jayne Barket Lyons on October 7, 2019 at 1:28am

Nicely presented, DVS! Wow, Sharon has cleverly combined art which is quite simpatico with what you submitted. Everything jives so beautifully! Love the colors! Of course you know I'm a huge fan of your concrete poetry / asemics works, and I am glad to gain knowledge of Sharon Silverman's artistic talent.

A while back I had seen the fabulous book NBS did with Sharon, and I knew that I wanted to participate. But somehow I forgot all about the project. So thank you for sharing your wonderful book. You have reminded me of this project, and I am setting out to create 10 pieces of artwork to send to Sharon.

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