MinXus Mail Bag: Miss Becca’s Nearly Lost Exclusive & Compromising Mink Photo Ops (Suffolk, UK)

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Mail-art by Rebecca Guyver (Suffolk, UK)

Tenderfoots who have travelled with us for a while on the Long & Dusty Trail know that our (formerly) faithful correspondent Miss Becca annually departs from her beloved UK chicken ranch to visit Maine, USA. This summer, Miss Becca seems to have re-invented herself in Maine (abandoning the gritty and disreputable  postavant) as some kind of Naval artist, doing portraits of ships, whaling adventures, oceanic storms etc. As with all things she does, this “sailor art” has brought her great success and accolades. Unfortunately, she has abandoned us; she would not be the first.

Without rancor and certainly not with a taste for revenge (in having been abandoned for “sailor art”), we are thrilled to share a wonderful mail-art package Miss Becca made last summer (2013) in Maine (but never before blogged!). She assembled an amazing, cohesive narrative that requires little commentary from the land lubbers at the Mink Ranch. The photos, we believe, are absolutely priceless:

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Our all-time fave!

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Miss Becca also kindly included these FAB stamps (above).

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Deepest, belated thanks to Miss Becca and congratulations on her maritime triumphs!

MinXus Mail Bag: Add & Pass from Eduardo Cardoso (Sines, Portugal)

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Mail-art by Eduardo Cardoso (Sines, Portugal)

Eduardo Cardoso is a perennial fave at the Mink Ranch. He is an ever-faithful correspondent and a smashing visual poet. This time around, Eduardo sent us an add & pass. The add & pass is a distinctive mail-art form popularized by Ray Johnson. Essentially, the add & pass is collaborative. Someone starts the work (as Eduardo has), mails it to someone else (like us) who adds to it, and the process is repeated. We are going to send it to The Blessed Father in San Diego, California.

Sometimes specific directions are provided about who should receive the work. More often, the document can drift through the network receiving numerous additions. Sometimes copies are made and distributed further so variants are created. Sometimes the work is returned to the originator; other times it comes to rest in someone else’s archive and/or appears in an exhibition and/or on someone’s blog. We have no idea what will happen to this add & pass after it has been received by The Blessed Father. “Please add and return to Ray Johnson” is a well-known mail-art quote. Contributors usually add their names and addresses on the reverse side:

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An important thing to remember is that there are no rules. Trying to fulfill the originator’s concept is certainly a courtesy, if any instructions are included. Generally, the collaborative composition of the work is organic. The add & pass can bring together artists and writers who have never worked together before, and the results can be fascinating. We see numerous add & pass pieces, both digital and snail mail, posted on Facebook. Two or three-person collabs are very popular right now, which are a variant of the add & pass concept. Here is the envelope:

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And the reverse:

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We will keep the envelope. Dark wall has made the MinXus-Lynxus contribution, and the add & pass will be on the way to The Blessed Father in San Diego tomorrow:

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We do hope a completed piece (whatever that means) finds its way back to Portugal and Eduardo’s blog. And we do appreciate being included!

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MinXus Mail Bag: Holism by Chrissy Core aka DaDa Witch (Courtenay, British Columbia, Canada)

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Mail-art by Chrissy Core aka DaDa Witch (Courtenay, British Columbia, Canada)

In an earlier post, we welcomed Chrissy Core aka DaDa Witch to the Mink Ranch:


We are now thrilled to share another piece from our correspondent in CanaDaDa. This wonderful, postcard-size piece reveals, even more than her previous missive, Chrissy Core’s DaDa roots. We will even venture to pronounce this a fine example of Trashpo. We are deeply impressed by the emotions expressed through this organic composition that takes a confrontational or combative stance in the spirit of the avant garde. Chrissy Core’s work often focuses on circles, cup-like constructs and – yes – holes. In some cases, the holes are being violated by phallic shapes. Tenderfoots are surely aware that Holism is a MinXus-Lynxus invention, and we applaud Chrissy Core for her brilliant use of holes and contribution to the genre. This current work, consistent in emotional tonality, violates the space of the hole through tearing and/or mutilation, making an unusual use of ripped paper collage.

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Deepest thanks and best wishes to our correspondent in British Columbia!

PS – Since this came online, we learned via back channel messages from Chrissy Core that the “floating mutilated hole” as we presented it was not intentional. The flap is definitely part of the work but apparently came loose passing through the postal system. This is a perfect example of the mail-art concept of changes made in the work during transit becoming part of the work. All the same, here is what the piece looks like un-flapped:

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The partial hole concept still applies either way. Thanks, Chrissy!

More digital prints by E – Ambassador of Utopia (Guivry, France)

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MinXus Mail Bag: Dispatch from Not Hi Ng & the Institute of Art Agnosticism (San Pablo, California, USA)

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Mail-art by Not Hi Ng (San Pablo, California, USA)

In our ongoing archival efforts, we came across a box of mail-art received in early 2013 that was never blogged or documented. Some real treasures have been uncovered including this dispatch from Not Hi Ng (OTM) and his Institute of Art Agnosticism. Not Hi Ng’s pieces are often interactive, using an Event Score concept. He also creates ingenious devices from found material, and this talent has earned him the venerable TrashPo Litzer Prize. The opening scan includes the Event Score on a handmade sleeve (blue masking tape no less!) that contains an altered record. Here is the reverse side of the sleeve:

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Inside the sleeve was this meditation wheel (or more properly Miracle Mind Mender) that is laden with MinXus symbology:

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And the reverse:

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Altered records are a recognized genre of MinXus relics, and this work by Not Hi Ng earns a place among the greatest achievements in this area. Not Hi Ng captures and contributes to the MinXus aesthetic. Also included in the dispatch is this wonderful, official certificate from the Institute. During the early MinXus-Lynxus festivals, the affinity between the Institute and M-L were quickly recognized. Not Hi Ng was named to the Order of the Tangerine Mink precisely because his expertise is so valued.

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We are honored to have this certificate bestowed upon us. Not Hi Ng’s envelopes are always distinctive and interesting:

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And the reverse:

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While always struggling with being “a day late and a dollar short,” we are jubilant to finally share this (nearly) lost MinXus classic with our dearest Tenderfoots. Thank you, Not, for this incredible work and your patience. It shall be a part of The Book of MinXus.

“Theatre of Cruelty”: A lino print by Carl Baker (Peterborough, Ontario, Canada)

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MinXus Mail Bag: Collage, D-Kunst stamps & more by JOB (5Blanks) (Worthsee, Germany)

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Mail-art by JOB (5Blanks) aka Jurgen Oliver Blank (Worthsee, Germany)

Previously at MinXus-Lynxus, we have had the great pleasure to post work by Cristina Blank. Now, belated as ever, we are excited to share outstanding art received from JOB (5Blanks) aka Jurgen Oliver Blank. Apparently they are partners on one or more levels, and 5Blanks suggests a collective. We are not entirely sure other than that Cristina and Jurgen are wonderful correspondents. They do have an excellent website:


JOB’s fantastic collage (above) came in a very large envelope we have been compelled to scan in two parts:

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FAB stamps! We note that 5Blanks have created FAB DKunst stamps: DKunst is the German chapter of DKult, the international collective of Trashpoets. Here is a close up:

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Jurgen Oliver Blank also kindly included a card with a greeting. (The reverse side included information about a mail-art call that we assume is now closed):

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And of course the usual suspect:

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Deepest thanks to Jurgen Oliver Blank!

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