MinXus Mail Bag: Certified Fake by the Institute of Art Agnosticism and Not Hi Ng (San Pablo, California, USA)

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Mail-art by Not Hi Ng (San Pablo, California, USA)

First, deepest thanks to friend and correspondent Not Hi Ng for returning the Trash & Pass that was circulating as part of (as well as without) the DKULTNY Trashpo Fanzine last summer.

Not Hi Ng, an esteemed member of the Order of the Tangerine Mink, added the “FAKE” to the piece and the stamp of the venerable Institute of Art Agnosticism. And this is precisely where things become a little less clear than an azure sky in summer. Not Hi Ng, we are convinced, does nothing (no pun intended) without deep contemplation and consideration of – as Dr. Leary once said – “the intersection of all possible realities.”

We, dear Tenderfoots, are now left to ponder: “What is ‘FAKE’ ?” The premise of the a&p? The designation of the people? The fact the a&p is an outright theft from European mail-art that was circulating at the time? A reference to all the fakes and deceptions associated with Trashpo? Perhaps it is a combination of these or something that has not yet occurred to us but has already crystallized in a micro-second in the great mind of Not Hi Ng.

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And, of course, the legendary stamp:

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Close up:

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Always a pleasure to receive mail from Not Hi Ng! And make sure to visit the Institute of Art Agnosticism; it will change your life. And don’t miss Not Hi Ng’s nail gun poetry (nail-art as opposed to Miss Becca’s sail-art, although they are likely connected on some level):

http://artagnostics.com/

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. letterfounder
    Nov 07, 2014 @ 17:18:52

    i dig it- i never got the cut up cow thing.. like, famous people respected within the mail art culture? names on a cow? i don’t know the origins and i don’t care to know. i’ve seen the cut-up cow endlessly in 15 years of mail-arting.. there’s a limited creativity here- some intellectual classist shit.

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  2. minkrancher
    Nov 08, 2014 @ 00:33:14

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  3. minkrancher
    Nov 08, 2014 @ 01:10:23

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