24 Aug 2014 Leave a comment
Mail-art by Bruno Chiarlone (Cairo Montenotte, Italy)
While slightly delayed, we are thrilled to share this Cavellini celebration mail-art received from Fluxus artist and mail-artist Bruno Chiarlone in Italy. The centennial of the birth of Guglielmo Achille Cavellini aka GAC (1914-1990) is in full swing throughout the Eternal Network.
We deeply appreciate this signed, classic mail-art by Bruno Chiarlone and admire the stamps in particular.
And the reverse:
Thank you, Bruno!
23 Aug 2014 Leave a comment
in asemic writing, books, calligraphy, collage, conceptual art, found art, mail-art, object poetry, photography, visual poetry Tags: asemic writing, asemics, calligraphy, collage, concept art, conceptual art, correspondence, found art, haptic poetry, mail-art, object poetry, visual poetry
Mail-art by Carina Granlund (Petsmo, Finland)
Fave correspondent Carina Granlund had a busy summer, including a trip to Portugal. She perused book markets in search of comics and other ephemera. In an absolutely stuffed mail-art package we received from her recently, she included this altered, pulp cowboy book she found that connects wonderfully with MinXus-Lynxus themes and symbols.
We are, of course, used to American pulp westerns and comics. Seeing a Portuguese version is fascinating.
Miss Carina did very little to alter the physical structure of the book. Instead, she inserted numerous drawings and found items for us. These are fascinating, and we are only able to provide excerpts of all the interesting things she included.
We especially like the ATC-like asemics. Here is a close-up:
FAB visual-textual work!
We love the string in the opening scan, but here is a shot with the string removed:
Miss Carina also included in the massive package some elegant collage from a series entitled “Possible Directions.”
Classic Carina Granlund! Another:
And the reverse:
Many thanks, Carina Granlund!
Istvan Kantor aka Monty Cantsin – founder of Neoism – Vandalizes Jeff Koons Exhibition at the Whitney Museum
23 Aug 2014 Leave a comment
As widely reported in the media, Istvan Kantor aka Monty Cantsin vandalized the Jeff Koons exhibition at the Whitney Museum in New York City on August 20.
Kantor managed to write a message on a blank wall using his own blood before he was apprehended, removed from the museum and confined in a mental hospital. No artwork was damaged. Kantor has a long history of similar art actions in museums and galleries across the world.
Kantor and mail-art legend David Zack established Neoism in the late 1970s. The underground movement reached an audience of many thousands if not millions in the 1980s and into the 1990s by skillful promotion via the international mail-art network and related zine networks. Kantor is not known to be currently active in the mail-art network but certainly stands as a historical figure.
A cabal known as “The 14 Secret Masters of the World,” members alleged to have been well-known mail-artists, were involved in the promulgation of Neoism as well. Their identities remain mostly unknown and disputed, although Blaster Al Ackerman self-identified as a ringleader of the group.
Monty Cantsin is a multiple-user identity created by Zack and Kantor. Originally, Cantsin was conceived as the identity of an imaginary pop star anyone could become for a limited period of time.
Neoism’s decline (at least in the mail-art network) was related to a belief among members that the Monty Cantsin identity was too closely identified with Kantor. British author and artist Stewart Home created another multiple-user identity – Karen Eliot – at least in part as a response to Kantor’s use of Monty Cantsin. A third multiple-user identity – Luther Blissett – is also associated with Neoism.
Neoism splintered and evolved into various other movements and projects connected to the mail-art network: Plagiarism, Tourism, Anti-Neoism and the global art strike of the early ’90s, among others. Some former Neoists as well as new initiates currently identify themselves as Post-Neo and have a presence both in and outside the network.
Kantor, recipient of Canada’s Governor General’s Award in performing arts, underwent extensive psychiatric evaluation following his art action and was soon released.
19 Aug 2014 Leave a comment
MinXus Mail Bag: Add & Pass/Event Score by Theo Nelson (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) (Includes Majikformium gagging performance)
15 Aug 2014 Leave a comment
in anti-art, conceptual art, Fluxus, found art, haptic poetry, holism, mail-art, performance art, stamps Tags: concept art, conceptual art, correspondence, haptic poetry, mail-art, performance art, stamps
Mail-art by Theo Nelson (Calgary, Alberta, Canada)
Our faithful Canadian tarsand correspondent, Theo Nelson, sent us this piece that invites us to participate in a mail-art performance or at a minimum to add and pass. (This is a great reminder that mail-art and performance sometimes overlap.) Theo Nelson, as we understand it, is known for his invention of imaginary worlds, a practice or state of mind we call Theoism. Unlike previous work received from him, we detect a nod to Fluxus in this piece as it adopts the form and function of a classic event score:
We think this is a fairly ingenious event score because the empty gum box, necessary for the performance, is attached. A close-up seems in order:
Here is the Theoism part: “Majikformium” is an invented word. So Dark wall just ate the box (or tried to). After gagging on it a few times and nearly puking, he spit it out. It has a few good tooth imprints, and you can see where the saliva started to disintegrate the ink on the box. He said the cardboard had a hint of strawberry in the taste. Here, then, is the performance artifact:
Gagging on the strawberry gum box and chewing cardboard was an interesting sensory experience, although we caution Tenderfoots – generally – not to eat things received in the mail. A nice hole was left in the event score:
Dark wall is not tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE, but it was neat to participate in a mail-art performance.
Thanks, Theo, sort of.