MinXus Mail Bag: Trashpo by Eric Durante (DKULTJER President) (Waldwick, New Jersey, USA)

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Mail-art by Erica Durante (Waldwick, New Jersey, USA)

Erica Durante is a wonderful correspondent and faithful M-L contributor. Her work often explores the verbal-visual realm (as some have attempted to describe vispo), and so we have that affinity. As this recent work testifies, Erica also works with found material and has ventured into the area of Trashpo. We believe this collage with its careful layering (yet anti-art aesthetic) and juxtapositions of language is, indeed, the finest Trashpo she has sent us thus far.

As members of DKULTNY (DKult New York), we enjoy a blissful and uncomplicated mail-art relationship with Eric Durante who is a member of DKULTJER (DKult New Jersey and by default its president). We are greatly relieved, and this wonderful mail art is an affirmation, that the recent controversy involving Meeah Williams and the formation of DKULT Brooklyn has not intruded upon our network relations with Erica.

When we (as DKULTNY members) announced the transfer of Meeah Willams to DKULTJER, we probably should have consulted with Erica Durante and other members of that chapter. However, Meeah Williams refused the transfer and DKULT Brooklyn is now a reality. A saving grace of the affair is that Erica was never dragged into the fray and Meeah remains a thorn in the side of DKULTNY with little impact upon and no interest in New Jersey.

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As ever, deepest thanks to Erica Durante. We are relieved our relationship has not been tarnished by DKULT Brooklyn.

MinXus Mail Bag: Genesis P-Orridge Fan Club with allison anne (Raleigh, North Carolina, USA)

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Mail art by allison anne (Raleigh, North Carolina, USA) 

A big “Howdy” and secret Mink Ranch handshake go out to Tenderfoot allison anne who brightens our humble winter blog today with this fantastic, postcard-size collage she sent us. allison anne is a Tenderfoot in terms of MinXus-Lynxus, but she is definitely a wise and discerning music fan, especially in the area of musicians and music who have emerged from or been associated with the Eternal Network.

We had an absolutely delightful and informative online conversation at IUOMA-Ning with allison anne about the legendary Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Throbbing Gristle, Psychic TV and industrial music (if memory serves and it often doesn’t). This inspired us to rant about Genesis’s dealings with William S. Burroughs, Blaster Al Ackerman, Neoism and other related matters that are the stuff of legend, urban legend and secret knowledge.

http://www.genesisbreyerporridge.com/genesisbreyerporridge.com/Genesis_BREYER_P-ORRIDGE_Home.html

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Beyond Tales of Beatnik Glory, we are awed that allison anne is such a fine and accomplished artist. We adore the collage, especially the integration of text and image. We find the band of “silence” across the middle section to be a very powerful statement on a gender-political level as well as on an artistic-self-reflective level.

Deepest thanks to allison anne. We look for ward to more exchanges!

Thinking of Genesis P-Orridge, we dug into the archive and found this collage titled “Throbbing Gristle” that appeared in a European zine circa 1980. Genesis P-Orridge is named as the artist on the contents page:

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MinXus Mail Bag: Vispo Bagism by Matthew Stolte (Madison, Visconsin, USA)

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Matthew Stolte is a favorite visual poet whose work has illuminated our humble pages many times before to much acclaim. We are always thrilled to receive new work from Matt and to share it. We deeply appreciate that no matter how recognized and in demand he might be in the vispo world, Matthew Stolte remains an active and innovative mail artist.

One visual poet “career trajectory” is to establish yourself through the mail-art network (which is still a primary conduit for international visual poetry) and then – with the semblance of a reputation and audience – to join that part of the vispo community that has ties to the literary world. (Vispo’s acceptance has been one of the great avant success stories. Even relatively conservative college poetry anthologies have a vispo section.) Many established visual poets do not acknowledge their network roots and as the great Zimmerman said, “Don’t Look Back.” Matthew Stolte is an exception as are a number of other notable figures such as John M. and C. Mehrl Bennett (Columbus, Ohio, USA).

Tenderfoots will recognize Matt’s characteristic style in these pieces. His current preoccupation involving the world’s oceans and ecology is present and evolving. We also find an interesting use of concealment that borders upon the ancient practice of Bagism in this missive. These first two scans show an envelope fashioned from an infamous brown paper bag. Note the “Big Gulp” that, among other triggers, announces the Matthew Stolte “Oceans” theme. Matt - 3.3.2015 - 2 Inside the envelope (or bag) is a wonderful work of text-centered vispo: Matt - 3.3.2015 - 3 This piece is relatively minimal for Matthew Stolte, whose dense, layered and complex compositions have already generated much MinXus-Lynxus commentary. The piece is also rooted in concrete poetry with its emphasis on the materiality of language and reveals fluidity and a sense of play (despite the black and white tonal severity) in the process of re-arranging recognizable letters into asemics. Here is the reverse side: Matt - 3.3.2015 - 4 Matthew Stolte is a 5089er: Like MinXus-Lynxus, he is a participant in Moan Lisa’s (Iowa, USA) 5089 project. The work above came in two envelopes: Matt - 3.3.2015 - 5 And the reverse side: Matt - 3.3.2015 - 6 All of the above arrived inside a larger envelope: Matt - 3.3.2015 - 7 Some sort of postal SNAFU occurred. Matt - 3.3.2015 - 8 Many thanks and best wishes to Matthew Stolte in Visconsin.

Matthew Stolte’s Construction Sea is a FAB vispo blog. Take a gander:

http://constructionsea.blogspot.com/

Beware the Ides of March: DVS is the Featured Artist at Redux International Arts Magazine

http://liketelevisionsnow.wix.com/reduxmagazine

MinXus Mail Bag: Stick Around for Joel Cohen aka The Sticker Dude (New York, New York, USA)

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Mail art by Joel S. Cohen aka The Sticker Dude (New York, New York, USA)

Today we are again thrilled to be able to share with you – our dearest and ever-faithful Tenderfoots – absolutely FAB work by yet another Eternal Network luminary: Joel S. Cohen aka The Sticker Dude. The Sticker Dude is another case of a mail artist so well known that he requires no introduction to most of you who frequent our humble but currently sparkling blog. If, perchance, you would like to know more about Joel Cohen, much information is available online:

http://www.raggededgepress.com/index2.html

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Many Tenderfoots have deduced that we receive mail from current friends as well as old friends and acquaintances encountered somewhere back along the Long and Dusty Trail. Sometimes we have been known to apply pressure or even twist and arm or two to obtain work for you.

We only know of The Sticker Dude and are, of course, admirers. So he holds a kind of enigmatic, removed legendary status in our minds. Additionally, stamps and stickers are a huge segment of the mail art world and very, very popular. We display stamps and make them but do not hold a candle, as they say, to masters like Joel Cohen, Mike Dickau (California, USA) and Ruud Janssen (Netherlands), just to name a few examples from that world.

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The Sticker Dude was extraordinarily generous sending us so many wonderful stamps and stickers. Hopefully, you are able to click and enlarge the scans because his work is worthy of your scrutiny and consideration.

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The total immersion in stamps and stickers is a unique aesthetic experience indeed, including the envelope:

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Deepest thanks to Joel S. Cohen aka The Sticker Dude for thinking of us and sending this amazing package!

MinXus Mail Bag: Ray Johnson Exhibition Catalog with William S. Wilson Essay from Alicia Starr (Iowa City, Iowa, USA)

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Alicia Starr is exceptionally kind, generous and thoughtful. She sent us a copy of the Challenging Rectangles catalog that was available at a very popular Ray Johnson exhibit in New York City last year. This beautiful catalog, with an essay by William S. Wilson, was apparently issued several years before the recent exhibition that garnered so much praise and generated so much excitement. Unfortunately, we did not attend the show, which makes Alicia Starr’s gesture all the more touching.

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Given copyright concerns, we will provide Tenderfoots with excerpts and not re-publish the entire catalog.

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William S. Wilson was close friends with Ray Johnson. He is one of the leading Johnson experts and scholars. Last year, he was active in the network, sending mail to many artists. We were thrilled he included MinXus-Lynxus. (We discovered after the fact our mystery artist was William S. Wilson):

https://minxuslynxus2.wordpress.com/2014/07/28/minxus-mail-bag-mystery-mail-art-from-new-york-city-stuffed-with-ray-johnson-material/

As you might expect, the Wilson essay is FAB. Here is a small excerpt:

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You can read the complete essay here:

http://images.rayjohnsonestate.com/www_rayjohnsonestate_com/ChallengingRect_Wilson.pdf

The catalog includes images of some great art by Ray Johnson:

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Note the reference to the legendary Blue Eyes Club.

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Many thanks Alicia Starr!

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MinXus Mail Bag: Fish Neck is the New Fork Lint by C. Mehrl Bennett (Columbus, Ohio, USA)

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Mail-art by C. Mehrl Bennett (Columbus, Ohio, USA)

Somewhere along the meandering and dusty trail between Infinity and Columbus, John M. Bennett coined the term “fork lint,” which captured the fancy of trashpoets and DKulters especially. At best, “fork lint” is an authentic, floating, indeterminate signifier. Attaching itself to Trashpo, “fork lint” birthed Lintpo and related concepts and projects. For instance, circa 2011 Diane Keys (Elgin, Illinois, USA) mailed John M. Bennett a bag of lint. This was possibly the height of the Lintpo phenom, although we’re not sure:

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Our brief investigation also revealed the video of a Fork Lint performance piece of more recent origin:

Regardless of the history, C. Mehrl Bennett – it so great to receive mail from her – has informed us, and now you – dear Tenderfoots – that “fork lint” has been usurped by “fish neck.” Of course we are (initially) perplexed. We are grateful for the news and confident we will soon adapt to the “fish neck” reality. On the reverse side, C. Mehrl Bennett includes a tantalizingly open field that we can imagine filling with asemics and returning to her:

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Many thanks to C. Mehrl Bennett. We are possibly out of the “fork lint” loop and have missed some valuable information that provides a more solid context. Updates are always appreciated to serve the common good. Otherwise it shall remain: “Onward and pass the fork lint.”

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