MinXus Mail Bag: Diane Keys (Elgin, Illinois, USA), Borderline Grafix (Austin, Texas, USA), Dustin “Ray” Hamby (Austin, Texas, USA)

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Mail-art by Diane Keys (Elgin, Illinois, USA)

Diane Keys (aka Queen of Trash) sent this great piece to the Mink Ranch. Since MinXus-Lynxus is ultimately about who has the best hair, we find the work extremely relevant. Trashion, which ranges from constructing clothes from garbage to questioning the fashion industry, is an integral part of DKult. This has extended even further to Trashpo tattoos and body art. Trash lashes are another logical extension and provide the occasion for this very clever collage. Here is the reverse side of the card:

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Many thanks for another D-Klassic!

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Mail-art by Borderline Grafix (Austin, Texas, USA)

Borderline Grafix is a new friend we made through the IUOMA. As this postcard-size piece indicates, he seems to work primarily in collage with cryptically juxtaposed images and liberal use of stamps. Borderline Grafix has an extensive mail-art archive going back decades, and he has shared some interesting historical work. (He actually has pieces from Mike Miskowski’s Bomb Shelter Propaganda outfit.)

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Borderline Grafix has taken an interest in the current practice of Trashpo and DKult. In fact, he has been initiated into the still-congealing DKULTX (DKult Texas). We are very much looking forward to see how this exposure will impact the evolution of his work.

Many thanks for the piece! We look forward to more exchanges.


Mail-art by Dustin “Ray” Hamby aka Dustin de Wind (Austin, Texas, USA)

We now present a manifesto by Mink Ranch fav Dustin Hamby, another Texan. He sent us this piece some time ago, and we have just gotten around to documenting it. We are not sure how widely “A DRUNKPO MANIFESTO” was circulated, but we do believe it has some historical significance. Dustin has had considerable success drawing followers to the theory and practice of Drunkpo.


Dustin has taken an active role in DKult and has produced some amazing Trashpo, in addition to working in other genres.


Deepest, belated thanks to Dustin de Wind! We are glad to see you back in actions again!


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Niklas Heed
    May 17, 2013 @ 20:41:28

    Great stuff. The Trashlashes by DK is as raw and energetic as it can be.


  2. minkrancher
    May 17, 2013 @ 23:44:27

    Thanks for stopping by, Niklas.

    These three pieces definitely exhibit a kind of rawness. Diane’s is even moreso than usual. If I’m not mistaken, I saw that you posted some FAB shots of a museum in Denmark (great stuff) & commented on the anti-art nature of the pieces.

    I do not want to encourage classifying mail-art by nation, as a larger global culture is what I think most of us hope to find. BUT there is definitely a strong anti-art strain in USA mail-art. This has been going on for years. I believe it is very noticeable & these pieces by DK, BG & Dustin illustrate the point.

    Thanks again, pardner!


    • Niklas Heed
      May 18, 2013 @ 17:03:45

      I have been following the wonderful magazine Raw Vision for some years and had a professor in art history that was very interested in outsider art. Folk art is a great “movement” in USA compared to Europe or maybe is it that Raw Vision has brought Folk art to the surface and into the galleries. I too think that USA are into anti art mail art more than Europe.

      It wasn’t me posting those pics from Louisiana (Denmark) but I commented on my wish to be burried there (under a Klee-sculpture, “anti art” from the 1920’s).



      • minkrancher
        May 18, 2013 @ 18:13:09

        Great comments, Niklas. Yes, the Louisiana, Denmark museum and your wish to be interred under the Klee sculpture!

        Folk art is indeed a very huge movement. I am glad you brought that up.

        Maybe the true USA culture is pop culture & folk traditions: :”democratic forms.” European countries seem to have much deeper cultural traditions. Post-colonial nations, whether Americas, Africa, India, have more complicated cultural dynamics, I think.

        Thanks again!

  3. Niklas Heed
    May 18, 2013 @ 18:28:56

    When will we see a magazine named The Raw Vison! (Le Vison Brut) 😉


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