MinXus Mail Bag: Asemics by Jack Oudyn (Ormiston, Queensland, Australia)

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Mail-art by Jack Oudyn (Ormiston, Queensland, Australia)

A big “Howdy” and secret MinXus handshake is extended to Australian artist Jack Oudyn who makes his first appearance today upon our most humble blog.

We spotted postings of Jack Oudyn’s handmade books, asemic writing and collages at the venerable IUOMA. We determined immediately this was not merely “Mail-Art Nouveuax” and felt he was making original and important contributions in the spirit of the spectacular vispo and related forms that have originated in Australia and made it a global center for such activity; Pete Spence, Tim Gaze and Chris Winkler come to mind immediately. Australian asemics and vispo have been circulated widely via the mail-art network for decades. Those from newer generations include Vizma Bruns and Helen Amyes. So we sent mail-art to Jack Oudyn hoping we could obtain some examples of his work for the MinXus archives. We are extremely appreciative of this wonderful response. The top scan is a postcard-size work providing an excellent example of Jack Oudyn’s asemic writing. Next is collage:

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A kind message is on the reverse side:

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Following Trashpo etiquette, we included raw, found material in our missive to Jack Oudyn, thinking he might integrate it into his own work. We were thrilled to receive similar material from him that we will most certainly use:

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Jack Oudyn is very diverse in his artistic methods. He employs, in a seemingly effortless fashion, numerous avant tropes and strategies. We believe his overall aesthetic involves Modernist fragmentation and ambiguity. For instance, he included another asemic work grounded in photography and found material (strikingly different in approach than the opening piece) that maintains the stylistic consistency we see running across his work:

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Only asemic writers with the panoramic vision of people such as John M. Bennett (USA), Guido Vermeulen (Belgium) and Cheryl Penn (South Africa) use such a wide definition of asemics. The envelope:

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The reverse:

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Welcome to Jack Oudyn, thanks again, and we look forward to more exchanges.

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