The strange case of Carina Granlund’s (Petsmo, Finland) lost Paris mail-art – a masterpiece painstakingly reconstructed

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Mail-art by Carina Granlund (Petsmo, Finland)

Carina Granlund is an extraordinarily faithful MinXus-Lynxus correspondent going far back in time. Among many other contributions, for instance, she helped make Solar Festival 2012 an unqualified success. The brilliance of her Refrigerator Performance is a fact of MinXus history.

Thus we were disheartened this evening to discover Miss Carina’s file in the MinXus USA Archives in a state of relative disarray. We found an open envelope containing material from her 2012 visit to Paris, which we cannot recall encountering previously. The material had clearly been pilfered. We are not entirely sure if we have an accurate accounting of the contents, but we have made every effort to reconstruct and document this masterpiece for you here, as we believe this must be preserved.

Here is the reverse side of the piece above:

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This is a wondrous work of Trashpo. Tenderfoots might recall Jim Leftwich’s original Trashpo compositions are made mostly of packing tape. Carina Granlund has had a fascination with coloured masking tape since we first made her acquaintance. Her talent for working with this material is fully exposed here along with the bonus of one of her trademark black Xs.

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Central to the mystery of Miss Carina’s Paris art is this plastic bag, which accompanied the material you see in this blog. Yet the bag contained nothing. This little booklet (below) was also included. The same image appears page after page; it is dated five years earlier. We are not entirely sure it belongs with the other work:

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All the material was enclosed in the envelope below. As mentioned, the envelope had been opened already. Note Miss Carina made a hole:

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All we can tell you for certain, dear Tenderfoots,  is that we have done our best to reconstruct, re-assemble and faithfully document this outstanding work by Carina Granlund.

Previous MinXus-Lynxus posts about Carina Granlund


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Elephant
    May 29, 2013 @ 03:14:11

    Keep on the case! I love all this mail art!


  2. minkrancher
    May 30, 2013 @ 02:26:05

    Elephant, in mail-art, it’s useless to ask anyone: “Who are you?”

    I’ve been assuming all along you sent the elephant, which is appreciated, but I asked for a mink. That’s okay. But maybe that’s not you anyway.

    I appreciate your support, especially in these troubled times for MinXus.


  3. Elephant
    May 30, 2013 @ 05:26:05

    Dear Mink Rancher,
    I am very sorry to say I am not your lost mailer! Just a simple follower and unfortunately nothing more. I am not any of the someone’s you think I might be. Hope you get what you want or you find yourself liking what you you got! Either way – my best!


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