Washington, DC Gutai Trashpo by WA Rodgers (Takoma Park, Maryland, USA)

Wendy - 10.21.2014 - 1

Mail-art by IUOMA member WA Rodgers (Takoma Park, Maryland, USA)

October 21, 2014 - IUOMA friends will surely remember when WA Rodgers rocked the Eternal Network with her amazing Trashpo-Gutai synthesis. I do not recall any mail-art exchanges with her since those haughty salad days; however, I have managed to stay loosely connected with her via the aether. Then, suddenly, to my complete delight, I received this postcard-size work from WAR.

While compressed in comparison to her Gutai masterpiece of yore, this piece sparkles with the same brilliance and originality. Please note the “distressed” nature of the apparently found but contextually appropriate material. WA has not abandoned the Gutai aesthetic: decomposing art and text.

This Trashpo is situationist as well. Takoma Park is actually very close to Washington, DC. I think, technically, it might even be “inside the Beltway.” This missive led me to ponder the implications of a DKult Chapter in the capitol of the USA and to treasure even more this Washington, DC-generated Trashpo.

Wendy - 10.21.2014 - 2

Many thanks to WA Rodgers for this thoughtful work!

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Comment by De Villo Sloan on October 22, 2014 at 2:59pm

BTW WA, I'm not sure if I told you I lived in your neck of the woods for two years: College Park, Greenbelt and a CP suburb ironically named Hollywood. My apartment in Greenbelt was literally underneath the DC Beltway (demolition derby).

Comment by De Villo Sloan on October 22, 2014 at 12:24pm

WA, this is a great reminder of DKULTANT, which I failed to mention. The idea of a dance festival is taking on a life of its own.

Comment by WA Rodgers on October 22, 2014 at 1:23am
P.S. While I am in some circumstances a teacher, I would definitely have to be the student when it came to dancing (DKult or otherwise).
Comment by WA Rodgers on October 22, 2014 at 1:20am
Hi, DeVillo! Glad this made it to you, an glad you like it.... I did send another piece during the Antarctic winter, but it may have been hijacked on the way. I'll post a link...
Comment by De Villo Sloan on October 21, 2014 at 8:56pm

A very important idea, Rebecca: A little known fact is that DK was, maybe still is, a very talented dancer. As I recall, she was a cheerleader, ballerina & gymnast. She considered becoming a pro dancer (what sort, I'm not sure.)

Then we have correspondance & all the evidence indicates both Trashpo & DKult are in need of some kind of dance component.

I have been considering launching my "Trashpo Pageant" concept. This is based on the mail-art congress idea that was so popular a few years back - during the Tourism movement. I think. Whenever two or more mail-artists met, it was a congress & should be documented. (Isn't that what it was called?). Neoism had the festivals as well.

Only with a Trashpo Pageant, you don't even need two people. You can have a pageant all by yourself.

I'll take this up with DK & KDJ.

Comment by Rebecca Guyver on October 21, 2014 at 6:43pm

Great!  I wonder if she's angling for a position as DKULT Dance instructor?  I'm sure we need one of those, or at least someone to organise a new official DKULT Dance festival?

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