MinXus Mail Bag: Postcard from Jay Block (Bridgewater, Massachusetts, USA)

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Mail art by Jay Block (Bridgewater, Massachusetts, USA)

We are always pleased to receive mail from Jay Block. Most of his work uses the postcard as a form. We always find him doing something interesting, pushing the limitations of the form and exploring the possibilities.

In contemporary mail-art (Mail Art NouveauX), the postcard – based on our subjective observations, of course – is the medium of choice. (Some of the newer folks, indeed, might have no idea anything else was ever used.) Perhaps the idea of choice should be qualified. Resorting to postcards is likely the result of exorbitant postal rates as well as an aesthetic decision.

We do find that the artists working regularly with postcards – such as Jay Block and Richard Canard – and who bring discipline and thoughtfulness to the effort produce varied and pleasing results. The postcard format can lead to monotony and repetition. Given letter writing is fading as a practice even in mail-art circles and the dominance of collage, we need postcard innovators as well. Jay Block, we think, is certainly someone to watch.

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Many thanks to Jay Block for always being so kind to remember us here at the Mink Ranch.

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