MinXus Mail Bag: Asemic Vispo & Mail Art Call by Rosa Gravino (Canada de Gomez, Argentina)

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Mail art by Rosa Gravino (Canada de Gomez, Argentina)

Rosa Gravino is a wonderfully talented visual poet and faithful correspondent. She continually works on exhibitions that promote vispo (visual poetry) on a global scale. We have enjoyed working with Rosa Gravino for some time. In particular, we have fond memories of her contributions and involvement in the book projects we coordinated with Cheryl Penn (South Africa).

So we are thrilled to have received this postcard-size asemic work by Rosa Gravino. While the asemic elements are pronounced in this piece, we have seen many other fine examples of vispo-asemic hybrid work by Rosa Gravino. Here is the reverse side of the card:

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Rosa Gravino included documentation from one of her amazing exhibitions.

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Marcela Peral is another excellent visual poet. Here is the reverse side. You can click to enlarge:

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Rosa Gravino also included a modified call for more work:

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Send your vispo!

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Make sure to visit Rosa Gravino’s blog:


MinXus Mail Bag: Scanpo by Maria Morisot aka Moan Lisa (Des Moines, Iowa, USA)

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Mail art by Maria Morisot aka Moan Lisa (Des Moines, Iowa, USA)

FinnBadger’s (Columbus, Ohio, USA) recent scannerpo experiment stimulated some conversations about text-oriented compositions in relation to printers, scans, etc.; the concept has been “in the air” lately. Simultaneously, Moan Lisa was interested in ways to generate vispo; so we suggested a kind of scannerbed-rooted layering.

Moan Lisa – or more accurately Maria Morisot – kindly sent us a result of the exploration in a postcard-size format. Maria Morisot appears to have overlaid poems by Jean Garrigue (a fairly obscure contemporary of Elizabeth Bishop and John Berryman) and Queer, William S. Burroughs’ deeply disappointing sequel (if that is the correct term) to Junky.

Maria Morisot’s vispo transcends both Garrigue and Burroughs in this particular instance, IOHO. We did some re-mix work to accentuate the distortion:

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This overlaying has and can be used in effective vispo composition. Overlaid text, we believe, can be used in the generation of asemic writing as well.

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We are huge fans of text overlays – if that is not obvious – and so we are thrilled to have and share this work by Moan Lisa/Maria Morisot. Deepest thanks!

The reverse side of the card:

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Thickly overlaid concrete poetry (aka scanpo aka scannerpo) by Dark wall:

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MinXus Mail Bag: RayJ Against the Machine or Is Richard Canard Ribbing us? (Carbondale, Illinois, USA)

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Mail art by Richard Canard (Carbondale, Illinois, USA)

Curbing minimalist tendencies, Richard Canard sent us this wonderful piece some time ago that we are just now getting around to documenting. Richard’s usual gift for wordplay and ironic brilliance is expressed here using a strategy drawing from Popart, manipulation of found materials and the visual syntax of vispo. He again reveals himself as an absolute master of the avant modes that have been absorbed into mail art. That all this comes together as a wry homage to “Sweet Baby” Ray Johnson launches this piece into the realm of the Instant Classic, in our humble opinion. Here is the envelope:

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And the reverse:

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We also include a card Richard Canard sent us that is a bit more serious.

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Pointed political, social and cultural commentary can be found in the Richard C. canon. He has an itchy trigger finger, as they say, when it comes to firearms, a trait he shares with others in the American grain such as William S. Burroughs, Ernest Hemingway and Richard Brautigan.

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Thanks as ever to Richard Canard for sending this FAB work!

A Second DKult Brooklyn (DKULTBRO) Newsletter Mysteriously Appears

Earlier in the spring, a newsletter alleged to have been produced by DKult Brooklyn appeared on several internet venues, including this humble blog. The document was anonymous but traced to sources in both Austin, Texas and Brooklyn, New York.

Critics claimed the DKULTBRO newsletter fanned the flames of an already volatile situation in New York State involving rival DKult chapters. Now a second and equally mysterious newsletter has been posted. This issue is now reaching a broader audience via The Telepath Telegraph blog, which features conspiracy theories and reports on the supernatural and extra-terrestrial encounters. http://thetelepathtelegraph.blogspot.com/2015/05/they-are-making-me-post-this.html?spref=fb A

DKULTNY spokesperson said, “DK, especially after the bumper sticker, I would think you would join DKULTNY in our effort to bring these posers to justice. We must get to the bottom of this and find out who is releasing this material. “Again, I call upon Mxxxx Wxxxx to appear here at IUOMA or in another public forum to address charges and to state whether or not she is behind these newsletters. Especially given the fund raising campaign for KDJ, I think the sale on organ transplants ad is extremely insensitive and in poor taste.”


Not playing with a full deck: A page from the second DKULTBRO newsletter. Full version posted on The Telepath Telegraph.

MinXus Mail Bag: Printerpo by FinnBadger (Columbus, Ohio, USA)

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Mail art by Finn Badger (Columbus, Ohio, USA)

Not long ago, we were thrilled to document a FAB Trashbook by FinnBadger. An online discussion about said work (if we are remembering correctly) touched on topics such as the artistic use of randomness, found materials and glitch art. Mostly due to Diane Keys’ work in the area, glitch art (often produced by digital malfunctions) has become associated with Trashpo in the mail art network. “Scannerbed compositions” (art made by improvised arrangement of material on a scannerbed and then quickly copied) has also become associated with Trashpo.

This provides a context for this interesting new piece sent by FinnBadger. It is a sturdy piece of carboard, approximately 5 X 7 inches, with unaltered, glitched text that looks to us like concrete poetry. To many viewers, this might appear to be nothing more than a piece of unremarkable cardboard. In the realm of Fluxus and DaDa – where distinctions between art and life are always a topic of scrutiny – the piece holds a certain fascination. FinnBadger wrote his explanation on the other side:

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Thus FinnBadger officially adds Printerpo (we do not believe we have seen the term before) to the Trashpo Lexicon and the digital avant. Let’s try some other takes on the printerpo:

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And even closer:

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A certain element among conceptualists favors the production of art and writing by machines with as little human involvement as possible. (Or is that from 1984?) FinnBadger has taken both the conceptualist and machine-generated route here. The use of found material, at this point in time, is a kind of classicism.

We greatly appreciate having this interesting work for the archives!

MinXus Mail Bag: Thomas Brown More or Less (Baltimore, Maryland, USA)

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Mail art by Thomas Brown (Baltimore, Maryland, USA)

Thomas Brown is fast becoming an Eternal Network master of ceremonies for minimalist poetry and pithy event scores, territory inhabited – for example – by such stalwarts as Richard Canard (Illinois, USA). Luckily, minimalism is a field that inherently eludes crowding.

We are opening this humble blog of work by Thomas Brown with a very interesting add & pass sheet he sent us. This is definitely not minimal, but it has some asemic-suggestive glyphs that are begging for further mystification. The sheet came in this envelope:

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We are also thrilled to share some new, trademark Thomas Brown cards received:

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While the self-reflective text is minimal, the reverse side is crowded with information:

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And another, equally self-referential:

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This piece does include a visual element. And the reverse:

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Many thanks to Thomas Brown for sending us this new work!

MinXus Mail Bag: Bad Poetry by Linda French (Two Harbors, Minnesota, USA)

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Mail art by Linda French (Two Harbors, Minnesota, USA)

Moan Lisa has a true talent for inventing mail art calls and concepts that have widespread appeal. The Bad Poetry call is one, as is 5089.

We deeply appreciate that Linda French sent us this “bad poetry” we believe is inspired by Moan Lisa. The thing about the Bad Poetry call is that, in our estimation, it is not necessarily producing bad poetry. Some of the works that can be seen online are parodies of what the authors consider bad poetry. We can make distinctions concerning bad good poetry or good bad poetry. Some of it, too, is actually very good poetry. We put this work by Linda French in the latter category. Thus, the Bad Poetry call asks us to explore our own views about what we like and do not like in a poem. It might actually be contributing to better poetry.

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And the reverse:

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