MinXus Mail Bag: Lucky Pierre Swims with the Sharks (Charleston, South Carolina, USA)

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Mail art by Lucky Pierre (Charleston, South Carolina, USA)

We open with this compelling self portrait Lucky Pierre sent us even though it is secondary to the concept that unites the components of this extraordinary piece of mail art. The image seems destined to become iconic. The art, however, is about sharks and seas, emanating outward from a single object (or talisman):

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Yes, that is an authentic shark tooth, an unlikely choice to inspire a piece of conceptual art (although Damien Hirst worked in this area on a different scale). The tooth is mounted on one of two pieces of thick cardboard that seem – along with the other contents of the envelope – to want to be part of a boekie. But the pieces remain loose and thus are like ATCs (Artist Trading Cards). Here is the reverse side:

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Here is the second card:

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The slips of paper, when removed from the pocket, correspond to the theme.

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The opposite side is blank. Like an earlier piece Lucky Pierre sent us, a paper clasp is included to hold the material together:

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A narrative is provided by Lucky Pierre:

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A great drawing on the other side:

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This is very much “classic” and complex mail art. Some of the deeply thoughtful pieces made by CrackerJack Kid (Chuck Welch) involving the relationship of multiple objects come to mind as a comparison. This locates Lucky Pierre’s work in the conceptual art-based, Ray Johnson lineage. Yet this work is not simply a retro throwback to 70s and 80s styles. It reflects contemporary mail art as well with its links to folk art and representation. While Trashpo draws from anti-art and often invokes disruption with assemblages of incongruous objects, Lucky Pierre’s work seeks to construct a narrative, although complete coherence and closure are not achieved. The work is, then, more surrealist than DaDa. Most traditional mail art, ultimately, is rooted in DaDa. Lucky Pierre, we believe, has managed to create something appealing and interesting while embracing some conventions and discarding others. The piece is not an attempt to make mail art as it “should be” but a genuine human expression unafraid to approach the intangible.

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And the other side:

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  • Many thanks to Lucky Pierre!

 

MinXus Mail Bag: Subscription Opus by Jude Weirmeir (San Diego, California, USA)

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Mail art by Jude Weirmeir (San Diego, California, USA)

We have received some absolutely marvelous pieces by Jude Weirmeir, including the FAB issue #49 of his Subscription Opus zine. Understandably, this amazing issue has attracted attention and garnered praise elesewhere. So we will share the covers and not attempt a full scale, digital reproduction of the contents. The issue is a three-dimensional, accordion maze that also serves as a musical score.

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To learn more, we direct you to the Jude Weirmeir Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/jude.weirmeir

And another link:

http://www.villamusica.org/faculty-weirmeir/

More mail from Jude Weirmeir!

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The other side:

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We have also received, so far, six postcards that are part of another Subscription Opus, this time a puzzle-score. Jude Weirmeir is doing some remarkably innovative work combining music composition and the conceptual wing of mail art.

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On the reverse sides:

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Two more:

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Many thanks to Jude Weirmeir for this very innovative work!

MinXus Mail Bag: More Asemics by Erica Durante (Waldwick, New Jersey, USA)

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

Our wonderful correspondent Erica Durante continues to perfect her unique brand of asemics. We are thrilled that she is sharing the results with us and admire the color and spontaneity. The work is definitely akin to automatic writing.

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We also praise Erica Durante for her role as president of DKult New Jersey (DKULTJER). Thanks for the mail!

MinXus Mail Bag: Richard Canard Stickers by Jon Foster (Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA)

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Mail art by Jon Foster (Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA) and Richard Canard (Carbondale, Illinois, USA)

If you are a mail artist, you probably know about Joel Cohen, the Sticker Dude. Step aside, Joel! A new player has taken up the sticky wicket.

Jon Foster has created and distributed stickers based on mail art by his friend, mentor and correspondent Richard Canard. We are not aware of any Richard C. correspondence ever being made into a sticker (Dicker sticker?) before this, although we could be wrong. We think the Richard C. style is a natural for this stuck-up medium. Jon Foster sent us a number of the stickers:

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And a close up:

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Jon Foster also sent memorabilia from his Tucker project:

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And the envelope:

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And the reverse:

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Many thanks! We are thrilled to hear from Jon Foster after a lengthy hiatus!

 

MinXus Mail Bag: Five Visual Poems by Jim Leftwich (Roanoke, Virginia, USA)

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Mail art by Jim Leftwich (Roanoke, Virginia, USA)

We are happy indeed to share with Tenderfoots a group of five visual poems received from Jim Leftwich. They tend toward the text-centric and are composed using a tape transfer technique. This method allows for image-text integration, overlaying, distortion and excellent textures. The pieces are taped on cards with a dimension of approximately 3 X 5 inches.

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Jim Leftwich uses appropriated materials in these visual poems. The tape transfer adds the element of chance operations to the process. The result is not unlike what is produced by the cut-up technique as practiced by Brion Gysin, William S. Burroughs and Harold Norse. Both insights and radical dislocations can be experienced. With these pieces, Jim Leftwich is able to achieve stronger text-image synthesis than classic cut-ups that often focus on some degree of linearity and conventional “reading.”

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Detail of tape transfer vispo by Jim Leftwich

In the context of mail art, the use of comics makes a reference to popart and thus Ray Johnson, even if inadvertent. On another level, the pieces use the discourse of popular culture and textbook-like discourse. As a result, both standard discourse and logic are disrupted and interrogated. New symbols frequently emerge from the various decompositions of language.

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These pieces emphasize the materiality of language as well.

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Detail of vispo by Jim Leftwich

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All the pieces are signed:

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And the envelope:

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And the reverse:

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Many thanks to Jim Leftwich for sending us this great work!

MinXus Mail Bag: Trashpo & DKULTN Stamps + Vispo by Ruud Janssen, Breda, Netherlands)

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Mail art by Ruud Janssen (Breda, Netherlands)

Trashpoets, DKulters, Tenderfoots and other interested parties already know Ruud Janssen’s amazing stamps (above) are now in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Congratulations to Ruud Janssen and all others who participate in IUOMA (International Union of Mail Artists) and Trashpo. You are part of the historical record! We are absolutely thrilled to have received signed copies of the stamps for the MinXus archives.

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Also included in the missive was an original vispo cut-up:

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The envelope is in keeping with the stamp theme:

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And the reverse:

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Deepest thanks to Ruud Janssen!

Minxus Mail Bag: Visual Poetry by Tiffany Bahan (Urbana, Ohio, USA)

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Mail art by Tiffany Bahan (Urbana, Ohio, USA)

We were both surprised and excited to receive mail art from Tiffany Bahan in Ohio. We have not heard from her since last year. She sent us this FAB piece of visual poetry that fits in so well and in so many ways with the MinXus-Lynxus aesthetic.

Tiffany Bahan is a marvelously gifted collage artist. But when putting on our cool MinXus shades, we can only see this as vispo, whether she made it by accident or intention. (We suspect intention and very sharp intuitions.)

The piece is heavily text-centric using found material. Some asemic elements are present as well. The arrows, we believe, are the touch of brilliance. They make the piece a meditation upon linearity and non-linearity as well as conventional vs. non-conventional methods of “reading.” This is a very self-reflective piece that has an element of pomo. Wonderful.

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An envelope from the mink ranch is on its way to Tiffany. Her envelopes are the cat’s meow as well:

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And the reverse:

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Always a pleasure to receive mail from Tiffany Ms. Bahan!

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