MinXus Mail Bag: Add & Pass from Eduardo Cardoso (Sines, Portugal)

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Mail-art by Eduardo Cardoso (Sines, Portugal)

Eduardo Cardoso is a perennial fave at the Mink Ranch. He is an ever-faithful correspondent and a smashing visual poet. This time around, Eduardo sent us an add & pass. The add & pass is a distinctive mail-art form popularized by Ray Johnson. Essentially, the add & pass is collaborative. Someone starts the work (as Eduardo has), mails it to someone else (like us) who adds to it, and the process is repeated. We are going to send it to The Blessed Father in San Diego, California.

Sometimes specific directions are provided about who should receive the work. More often, the document can drift through the network receiving numerous additions. Sometimes copies are made and distributed further so variants are created. Sometimes the work is returned to the originator; other times it comes to rest in someone else’s archive and/or appears in an exhibition and/or on someone’s blog. We have no idea what will happen to this add & pass after it has been received by The Blessed Father. “Please add and return to Ray Johnson” is a well-known mail-art quote. Contributors usually add their names and addresses on the reverse side:

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An important thing to remember is that there are no rules. Trying to fulfill the originator’s concept is certainly a courtesy, if any instructions are included. Generally, the collaborative composition of the work is organic. The add & pass can bring together artists and writers who have never worked together before, and the results can be fascinating. We see numerous add & pass pieces, both digital and snail mail, posted on Facebook. Two or three-person collabs are very popular right now, which are a variant of the add & pass concept. Here is the envelope:

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And the reverse:

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We will keep the envelope. Dark wall has made the MinXus-Lynxus contribution, and the add & pass will be on the way to The Blessed Father in San Diego tomorrow:

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We do hope a completed piece (whatever that means) finds its way back to Portugal and Eduardo’s blog. And we do appreciate being included!

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