MinXus Mail Bag: Scannerpo El Supremo by Joey Patrickt (Oakland, California, CA)

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

Please correct us if we are mistaken, but it appears Joey Patrickt sent us an excellent scanner smear. We have been experimenting with pieces like this lately as asemic and vispo compositions. Joey was able to capture the rhythmic cursive effect we have been trying to achieve as well as some fantastic colors. We are thrilled to have this piece!

We became interested in scannerbed smears (and scannerbed composition) when we saw vispo using the technique by Ficus strangulensis (West Virginia, USA) and C. Mehrl Bennett (Columbus, Ohio, USA). These possibly dated back as far as 2005, and other visual poets might have been involved as well. The technique is neither new nor original, but we do not think it has been exhausted. Here is the reverse side of the card Joey Patrickt sent us:

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We also received another card from Joey Patrickt.

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Satire of suburban life and commentary on current issues seem well within Joey Patrickt’s purview. We suspect the Oakland environment influences the art a great deal. We have a great use of found material on the reverse side:

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As ever, deepest thanks to Joey Patrickt. As soon as we can find a moment to breathe we must send something Oakland way. Please be patient and do not despair!

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