MinXus Mail Bag: Joey Patrickt Meets Gertrude Stein (Oakland, California, USA)

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Mail art by Joey Patrickt (Oakland, California, USA)

“A kind in glass and a cousin, a spectacle and nothing strange a single hurt color and an arrangement in a system of pointing. All this and not ordinary, not unordered in not resembling. The difference is spreading.”

– Gertrude Stein from Tender Buttons

“There is no there there.”

– Gertrude Stein on Oakland, California

We’re thrilled to present Tenderfoots with a West Coast Report featuring new work by MinXus fave Joey Patrickt over the bridge in Oakland. Joey Patrick’s smooth surreal, often ironic and extremely witty mail-art has graced our humble pages before. This new installment seems a departure from the kind of art networkers usually associate with Joey. The package has a more conceptual, even Fluxus favor. We think we even detect a hint of the Trashpo influence. Gertrude Stein’s writing comes to mind (0nce a resident of Oakland too). First, Joey Patrickt included this great, unaltered vintage material:

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Unfortunately, we had to do some of our famous scanner chop shop work to document the piece.

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This is wonderful, relevant material that stands on its own unaltered. Yet does it have a thematic connection to the other work in the envelope, possibly involving themes of observation and concealment? Associations can be made. Otherwise, we see the trend that appears in so much current Trashpo of including found material for indeterminate purposes. This event score-type document holds the work together thematically:

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Perhaps art is pointless or Joey Patrickt is pointing at one of the standard bourgeois objections to conceptual art: its
alleged pointlessness. Perhaps this mail art is actually very pointed. As Gertrude Stein wrote in Tender Buttons, Joey Patrick has created “an arrangement in a system of pointing.”

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The work involves visual and textual puns, the play of the literal and the figurative and paradox. All in all, we find it a very compelling piece and a great example of mail art in the conceptual art lineage established by Ray Johnson.

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As ever, deepest thanks to Joey Patrickt.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. joeyknow
    Apr 01, 2015 @ 03:10:11

    Yes, I retired all my pointing fingers with this mailing. But I’m not though with pointing at art. Or looking for art, like through a peep hole. I sent a few to Braincell recently like a marketing blitz.


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