MinXus Mail Bag: Asemic noir by David Stanley Aponte (Indianapolis, Indiana, USA)

Aponte - 1

Mail-art by David Stanley Aponte (Indianapolis, Indiana, USA)

A loud howdy and a secret Mink Ranch handshake go out to David Stanley Aponte who makes his first appearance on our humble blog with this mail-art he so kindly sent us. This postcard-size work, painted on sturdy cardboard, features three obscure and cryptic (at least to us) symbols that we consider darkly asemic, perhaps asemic noir. The reverse side is equally interesting:

Aponte - 2

We look forward to trading work with David Stanley Aponte and learning more about him. His stamps suggest some interesting pursuits. What is Sub-Real Alchemy? Centralia College of Pataphysics – Free Sub-Real University is a great concept, not unlike the MinXus-Lynxus School of Beauty and Cosmology.

Many thanks to David Stanley Aponte for sending this great material!

 

MinXus Mail Bag: Fake Andy Warhol by liketelevisionsnow (Tamworth, New Hampshire, USA)

ltvs - 4.17.2014 - 1

Mail-art by liketelevisionsnow (Tamworth, New Hampshire, USA)

Moan Lisa’s (Des Moines, Iowa, USA) Fake Andy Warhol project in recent months has captured the imaginations of numerous mail-artists. Ingenious Andy Warhol copies and parodies are circulating throughout the Eternal Network. liketelevisionsnow is a talented artist and gifted conceptualist. We were thrilled to receive this piece from him and see his unique take on the fake Warhol phenom.

ltvs - 4.17.2014 - 2

As ever, liketelevisionsnow provides a beautifully made piece with a dash of the cryptic and a pinch of the absurd. The insatiable machine is certainly being fed with fakes these days. We see plenty of Warhols as well as Diane Keys fakes, Eduardo Cardoso fakes and Richard Canard fakes, to name a few. And we have the case of a new wave of fake identities emerging.

Three cheers for the fake flood, and deepest thanks to liketelevisionsnow!

MinXus Mail Bag: Bern Porter tribute by Susan McAllister (Berkeley, California, USA)

Susan - 4.16.2014 - 1

Mail-art by Susan McAllister (Berkeley, California, USA)

Here at the Mink Ranch, we’re digging out from a long winter of snow and ice as well as the debris of The Who Has The Best Hair Contest: Our greatest MinXus “Happening” to date. The glamour and excitement of the contest was a fantastic experience; however, we must admit, the drama and the unexpected twists and turns left us a bit drained. We’ve recovered only to find a pile of absolutely stupendous mail-art that we have neglected to post. So, dear Tenderfoots, bear with us as we share the work and gradually, it is hoped, bring ourselves up-to-date.

First, our faithful correspondent in Berkeley, Susan Mc Allister, sent us this wonderful tribute to Bern Porter. In this piece, Susan remains consistent with her skillful use of red and black, which we have noted and praised in previous posts. Her ability to produce organically structured collage with found material is very evident in this postcard-size piece and is engaging as ever. We believe the integration of the Bern Porter poem into the work (both sides) qualifies this particular mailing as a true visual poem. Here is the reverse side:

A wonderful poem and one we had not read before! More seasoned Tenderfoots will, no doubt, share our enthusiasm. Others might reasonably ask: Who is Bern Porter?

Bern Porter (1911-2004) was an American scientist turned artist and poet whose fascinating life intersected with just about every avant garde movement of the 20th century. He is fairly considered one of the first USA Dadaists due to his preference for found materials. While his reputation continues to grow and he is increasingly being recognized as a vastly influential figure, he was for most of his life an underground activist, a conscientious objector in terms of mainstream art establishments. As you might expect, he was very active in the mail-art network for decades. In fact, he even claimed to have invented mail-art (a lofty contention when one considers the presence of Ray Johnson).

So here at the Mink Ranch, we have been Bern Porter fans for some time. We are absolutely thrilled to have been able to introduce him to Susan McAllister. He lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for some time and was a contributor to the rich culture there, including the famed Berkeley (aka San Francisco) Renaissance. Susan is discovering his role as a local legend in her neighborhood.

We offer our deepest thanks to Susan McAllister for this lovely and thoughtful work; it will have a special place in the MinXus USA Archives.
You might also want to visit Bern Porter at MOMA:

http://www.moma.org/interactives/exhibitions/2010/lostandfound/

Bern Porter at Miekal And’s Xexoxial Editions:

http://xexoxial.org/is/books/by/bern_porter

Asemic symbols by Guido Vermeulen (Brussels, Belgium)

guido 4.101

Image

Celebrating Ray Johnson as Miss MinXus Iowa by Alicia Starr (Iowa City, Iowa, USA)

minxus iowa1

Image

MinXus-Lynxus Who Has The Best Hair Contest: Grand Prize Winners Announced!

ranch view

prize winners - 1

Parade

prize winners - 2

Hair Apparent

prize winners - 3

Miss MinXus

prize winners - 4

contest numbers

prize winners - 5

prize winners - 6

final poster

 

“In Honor of the Occasion of Empress Marie Judging the Who Has The Best Hair Contest” by Dark wall

neonism 1451

Image

Previous Older Entries

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 51 other followers