MinXus Mail Bag: G. A. Cavellini homage from Bruno Chiarlone (Cairo Montenotte, Italy)

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Mail-art by Bruno Chiarlone (Cairo Montenotte, Italy)

We were pleasantly surprised to receive correspondence from Fluxus artist and prolific mail-artist Bruno Chiarlone in Italy. His work appears regularly on Fluxlist Europe (among other venues):

Fluxlist Europe:

http://fluxlisteurope.blogspot.com/

Many mail-artists around the globe are participating in events celebrating the 100th birthday of G(uglielmo) A(chille) Cavellini (1914-1990), who is widely considered to hold a place of importance in the art world similar to Ray Johnson’s.

G. A. Cavellini bio. at Oberlin College:

http://www.oberlin.edu/library/art/mailart/bios/cavellini.html

Bruno Chiarlone was very kind and thoughtful to sign the work he sent. This is wonderful for the archives:

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On his IUOMA profile, Bruno Chiarlone reports he has been involved in mail-art since 1980. “At Brescia in 1981, I was appointed by CAG [Cavellini] in person to serve as Master of Ceremonies for CAVELLINI 2014,” he writes.  We believe Bruno is fulfilling his commitment in a most extraordinary and dedicated way.

Chiarlone-Cavellini blog:

http://progettomailart.blogspot.com/

Left to right: George Maciunas, Bruno Chiarlone, G.A. Cavellini. MinXus-Lynxus offers high praise to Bruno for his trademark hat – a fellow Mink Rancher, for sure.

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Mail-art by Bruno Chiarlone (Cairo, Montenotte, Italy)

The top scan shows a work on A-5 paper (approximately 8.5 x 11 inches). Bruno also included this excellent postcard-size work in the package. Here is the reverse side:

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A veteran mail-artist for sure, Bruno Chiarlone’s envelope has excellent and fascinating stamps:

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And the reverse:

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Many thanks to new friend Bruno Chiarlone! MinXus-Lynxus endorses the global GAC celebration with great enthusiasm We will see what we can rustle up to support the cause.

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“Smouldering ashtray apparition of St. Empress Marie as Joan of Arc stag hunt – Cato Motel – NYS Thruway Exit 31 at 3:30 am” by Dark wall

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MinXus Mail Bag: Unforgettable card from Gin (Knoxville, Tennessee, USA)

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Mail-art by Gin (Knoxville, Tennessee, USA)

We are thrilled to extend a warm Mink Ranch welcome to Gin from Tennessee, who sent us this gorgeous example of her art.

Slightly larger than a regular-size card, this is a a handmade (as opposed to digital) collage. Raised contours of the cut-outs are easily recognized by touch, and Gin has sealed the piece beneath tape, similar to Jon Foster’s practice (North Carolina, USA).

Mail-art historian and archivist John Held, Jr. noted in a recent interview that he observed a folk art tendency in recent mail-art he has seen. Here at MinXus-Lynxus, we believe we see folk art roots in Gin’s charming piece. She also creates a very (romantic) painterly effect. Carefully placed images can easily be read as a symbol system. The woman holding newspapers or magazines along with a piece of mail-art is a wonderful nod to the “woman reading” portraits and drawings from the Age of Print and the role that letters once played in romance.

Gin made good use of the reverse side:

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“Unforgettable” unites the work behind a concept. The fonts and vintage images contribute to a retro quality, yet another allusion to a time when everyone waited for the newest novel and letters in the mailbox from far-flung correspondents. Who does not sometimes indulge in nostalgia or imagining simpler times?

The postage due message is an intrusion of the modern age, but we will gladly cover it and deeply appreciate Gin’s kind words concerning our own humble efforts. A response if forthcoming!

“vowel sestina” by Dark wall – conceptual poetry, concrete poetry

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“raint” by Dark wall – concrete poetry, asemic poetry, visual poetry, conceptual poetry (conpo)

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raint #1 – “as if stable – horse dereliction”

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raint #2 – “decreasing occupation or the inability to tie knots”

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raint #3 – “winter has my permission”

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raint #4  – “conpo aka conceptual poetry”

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“raint #5” – “negative symmetry is your depreciating .”

A Curriculum of the Soul

For decades, a group of poets & scholars conducted research on project conceived by Charles Olson & continued by Jack Clarke & Albert Glover. The work of A Curriculum of the Soul has been completed and now, we hope, will be disseminated in wider & wider circles:

http://curriculumofthesoul.blogspot.com/

“Holiday Resorts of Finland” – a spectacular boekie by Carina Granlund (Petsmo, Finland)

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Cover of mail-art book by Carina Granlund (Petsmo, Finland)

Miss Carina sent us this spectacular boekie that we believe represents a very successful and sustained work in the genre.  Primarily grounded in collage, Carina uses an abundance of different materials including postcards, comics, photos and other varieties of found materials. Juxtaposing non-related materials gives the boekie its energy and interest. While we do not find an actual title, we are taking the liberty of naming the piece “Holiday Resorts of Finland” (from the cover) because the idea of a resort, vacation, relaxation, conviviality and general good will comprise a consistent theme.

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Back cover: “Holiday Resorts of Finland” by Carina Granlund

As ever, deepest thanks to Miss Carina!

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