MinXus USA acquires rare MinXus theological tome from Skybridge Studios (North Manchester, Indiana, USA)

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Cover of artist’s book by Skybridge Studios (North Manchester, Indiana, USA)

In our last report to you concerning the doings and whereabouts of Mink Ranch friend Skybridge Studios (aka Lisa Iversen aka Miss Lisa) we believed we had located her selling zipper jewelry in Las Vegas, Nevada. USA. She now seems to have returned to Indiana and art rather than commerce. May we share with you, now that the danger is seemingly past, we are relieved?

Miss Lisa is a book artist of considerable talent. We are fortunate indeed to have acquired this breathtaking work that, while exuding Miss Lisa’s individual style and proclivities, seems to us very much in the tradition of the (formerly Arthur Rimbaud) South African Symbolist School of Subtle Aesthetic Obscurity, with, of course, a few twists. We shall present informative excerpts and not the entire work.

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Miss Lisa’s book qualifies as Holism on a number levels, including the MinXus-inspired square holes. The larger issue for us, serving as we sometimes must as archivists and therefore literary interpreters, is the Buddhist theme of this book. What are we to make of it? MinXus-Lynxus calls for art that burns with the passionate quest for truth and beauty. As we are sure you know, gentle readers, our quest transcends, is not sullied by the political, the factional religious, the institutional. Great art transcends those things always! (snicker, snicker). So after much pondering, we have decided to place Miss Lisa’s book in the the thin theological section of our archives as a treatise upon Buddhism. Every archive should be so fortunate as to contain such a text!

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The Eternal Network has always seemed partial to Buddhism, whereas other faiths are seldom mentioned, probably to avoid discord in a movement that is global, multi-cultural, and entirely dependent upon mutual cooperation. The Eternal Network reveals other preferences too, such as an unquestioning belief in DaDa (generally speaking, of course.) The connection between the seeming incongruities of Buddhism and DaDa, dearest Tenderfoots, is a faith in randomness or practices based on the idea of randomness.

Is it that the Buddhism came to Mr. Ray Johnson via Mr. John Cage? This is likely. Did Mr. Cage acquire it through a lineage tracing back to Mr. Ralph Waldo Emerson? Certainly, it is more complicated than that. While not intending, Miss Lisa reminds us here at the Mink Ranch of a recent incident in the network (at the sometimes loathesome Yoma) involving a disciple of the late Trungpa Rinpoche. How many of us endured the teachings of the Trungpa because we genuinely believed in and admired Mr. Allen Ginsberg? And for how much longer will we be treated to new permutations of old hypocrisies noted long ago in Boulder, Colorado? History does not repeat itself; someone once assured someone.  We do not feel particularly assured.

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As we move through the pages of Miss Lisa’s book, admittedly following our own ruminations and musings, we find the content turning in a pronounced way toward Trashpo.

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Then a most unusual image:

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Miss Lisa’s book has a very interesting associative yet disjunctive flow. Most interesting indeed!

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And if we are to believe this tome has a theme, a unifying concept, and it appears that it does, then the back cover leaves us with a rich irony, presenting as it does a schoolbook image of glorified colonialism:

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A most wonderful and thought-provoking work! We are indeed honoured that MinXus USA can provide a home.


19 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. suffolkrebecca
    Feb 05, 2013 @ 20:59:21

    Brilliant! You get so much of the good stuff! I love the wackyness and her sense of colour too.


  2. lisai
    Feb 05, 2013 @ 23:07:11

    Surprisingly I didn’t have to pay extra postage for the enclosed irony.


  3. minkrancher
    Feb 06, 2013 @ 01:20:06

    Howdy Miss Lisa, thanks again for this outstanding piece.

    In some ancient discussion, I remember you referencing some “Buddha is my co-pilot” mail-art. So right away I wonder, “Is Lisa seriously on the ‘sunlit path’ or is something else going on? I concluded the latter. Or ladder?

    (And you certainly are not aware of recent M-L drama w/a well-known Yoma ego-maniac with one hand clapping (for himself). Hence the incomprehensible rant. Anyway…

    For a boekie, it is filled with narrative twists & shifts.

    Miss Becca – thanks for the comment, and, yes, we were extremely fortunate to get a piece of this quality. The scans truly don’t do it justice.


  4. darkwallminxususa
    Feb 06, 2013 @ 01:28:34

    Rancher, MinXus might be about who has the best hair, but it’s also about who has the most drama.


  5. minkrancher
    Feb 06, 2013 @ 01:32:17

    I reckon you hit the nail on the head there, Dw. Twouldn’t be MinXus without the drama.

    The Empress has stormed off cussin’ & spittin’ again & aint even here to welcome Miss Lisa back from Las Vegas.

    Aint ladylike.


  6. darkwallminxususa
    Feb 06, 2013 @ 01:35:15

    I reckon I know why E – Ambassador of Utopia draws them minks wearing muzzles – iffin they all be like the Empress.


  7. minkrancher
    Feb 06, 2013 @ 01:38:51

    Dw, like I tol’ you before it’s a matter of proper upbringing. I can only conclude them people aint civilized and it’s a damned shame.


  8. Dark wall
    Feb 06, 2013 @ 01:55:07

    Rancher, I always figured her English werent so good & she never half understood half of what we said anyway.


  9. minkrancher
    Feb 06, 2013 @ 01:57:41

    The poor girl did struggle with the language, that’s for sure. But she could cuss like a sailor as good as I ever heard.


  10. lisai
    Feb 06, 2013 @ 12:19:58

    It is easy in the world to live according to the opinion of the world, it is easy in solitude to live according to our own, but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect serenity the independence of solitude. (Guess Who)


  11. minxuslynxus
    Feb 07, 2013 @ 01:02:22

    Welcome back from Las Vegas, Miss Lisa.
    (the poor girls who struggles with language and doesn’t understand a word of all those sophisticated and elaborate highbrow English circles of art and literature to be found here. She’s been shamelessly brought up in the Alsacian countryside, you know, speaking French with the chickens and the cows and all that). Shame on her.


  12. minxuslynxus
    Feb 07, 2013 @ 01:03:13

    I mean the poor girl, not the poor girls.


  13. Dark wall
    Feb 07, 2013 @ 01:21:41

    Rancher, I thought I heard something. Sounded like a bleating goat.


  14. minkrancher
    Feb 07, 2013 @ 01:32:42

    Dw, what did they tell you to say when you worked at the bowling alley?


  15. Dark wall
    Feb 07, 2013 @ 01:33:52

    “I didn’t hear nothin. I didn’t see nothin.”


  16. minxuslynxus
    Feb 07, 2013 @ 01:38:50

    Again, it’s pointy goat, not bleating goat.


  17. minxuslynxus
    Feb 07, 2013 @ 01:42:27

    Dark wall working at a bowling alley, that’s new. What did you do there, pick up the leftover fries to bring back to the poor minks at the ranch?


  18. DK
    Feb 07, 2013 @ 18:17:46

    gorgeous and ethereal just like Lisa


  19. lisai
    Feb 08, 2013 @ 14:47:13

    Great to see/hear from you, Marie!
    Thanks Diane!


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