MinXus Mail Bag: Bottle Gram from The Blessed Father (San Diego, California, USA)

bottle gram

Mail-art by The Blessed Father (San Diego, California, USA)

One wing of mail-art involves not simply mailing envelopes and cards but sending a wide array of physical materials through the postal system to serve various artistic purposes. The history is fascinating, with descriptions of items ranging from boxes of dirt and bricks to, yes, a human ear (part of a Fluxus event in the 1960s) and much, much more.

In recent years, we have seen familiar artists use the “message in a bottle” concept with great success, including TIC TAC (Germany) who curated an entire mail-art call around the theme and individual works by Richard Canard (USA). While belated due to photography issues, we are thrilled to share another hugely successful message in a bottle-style mailing sent by The Blessed Father during the past holiday season.

BF - 2.4.2015 - 1

We think this was just a FAB idea and thank The Blessed Father for remembering us with this and other excellent mail-art items. The bottle gram had no problems passing through the postal system, and others might wish to experiment with this idea. We look forward to more great exchanges with The Blessed Father in 2015.


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