MinXus Mail Bag: Fluxus IUOMA celebration footprint pizza from Moan Lisa (Iowa City, Iowa, USA)

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Mail-art by Moan Lisa (Iowa City, Iowa, USA)

Documentation of our extensive Moan Lisa Collection continues at MinXus USA. We are thrilled to share with you this recent acquisition, which we find exciting for several reasons. First, this is an authentic Moan Lisa footprint, the chronicle, no doubt, of a Moan Lisa action art performance. The occasion of this performance appears to the the 25th anniversary of the International Union of Mail Artists (IUOMA) created and established by Ruud Janssen (Netherlands).

We are becoming increasingly familiar with Moan Lisa’s complex, fluid and sometimes cryptic forms of expression. We venture to interpret this piece, with some certainty, as a very positive contribution to the ongoing IUOMA celebration.  The reverse side is also very interesting:

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Moan Lisa is a visual poet and currently generating an epic cycle of lyric poems. The work shown here relies far more on found material than many other current pieces. Indeed, we also think this work qualifies as Moan Lisa Trashpo.

It is a great thrill indeed to have this unique work by Moan Lisa!


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. suffolkrebecca
    May 16, 2013 @ 13:50:43

    Mink ranger, a big thank you for bringing this to my attention. I have to admit to thinking that men (Richard & Moan lately) have a sense of humor and a mode of expression quite distinct from someone like me, but again I find myself laughing and delighting in the direct simplicity and thinking the boys I work with would LOVE their work.

    Here, in schools, they always want artists to link their projects to the curriculum. If you can link it to math(s) it is even better than linking it to English. Moan says what I think about that kind of superficial attitude towards educating. Moan is definitely a code-breaker!


  2. minkrancher
    May 16, 2013 @ 14:14:45

    Miss Becca, you make an interesting & pertinent observation. We have enjoyed posting these examples of male-art.

    Ruud Janssen has identified the 1980s as the period when mail-art experienced a massive growth in participants/audience, but the internet had not yet become an integral component. That was a sort of Golden Age of mail-art in its original form, strictly via postal system.

    Even with total acceptance & an egalitarian spirit, males were the majority participants in those days. The inclusion of women in the network in huge numbers in recent years has definitely changed the aesthetic entirely & group consensus on civility. Obviously, at MinXus-Lynxus, we think this change is very positive.

    Mail-art especially in the milieu of Blaster Al & David Zack was lewd, crude, often confrontational & had a distinct “locker room” atmosphere. Stewart Home, I think unfairly, dismissed the USA branch of Neoism as, I guess the word would be, “sophomoric.” Of course, demographics have changed. In those days probably the majority of participants were in their teens & twenties.

    We find the change in gender dynamics & the resulting change fascinating.

    Moan Lisa is a very interesting character. Moan, having been born considerably after the fact, has embraced Fluxus, Punk, vispo – all the components of the “old” mail-art. Moan is prolific using snail mail but is also a master of the internet – the aether – breaking new ground all the time. Moan is very much likely a glimpse of the future for many cultural forms.

    Today, Blaster Al & David Zack are lauded as performance & concept artists. Closer to the truth, those advertisements they sent out seeking contributions to fake scholarship funds & non-existent churches were very likely scams, plain & simple. They were always looking for a quick $10 for beer or other intoxicating substances.


  3. suffolkrebecca
    May 17, 2013 @ 14:22:30

    Hey, I notice that there are three stamps on this. How big is it? I got stamps at the currency exchange in the airport and sent out a few things with what may be the incorrect (not enough) postage. I gotta learn my US stamps!

    As far as gender etc… there is an occasional spoof phone-in programme called ‘down the line’ on radio 4 BBC and last week. I think this may be it: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01sdmxx
    In it they pegged my family’s gender differenece perfectly. I hate to admit that there is a difference but I am noticing the gender divide within mail art too. The good thing about this is that I am finding my intransigence is being shifted in surprising ways.


  4. minkrancher
    May 17, 2013 @ 23:50:41

    Mis Becca, Moan tore off the top of a frozen pizza box & mailed it. I’d say it measures 20 x 18 inches. I did some surgery to get it to fit on the scanner bed.


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