MinXus Mail Bag: Vispo Collabs by Jim Leftwich and Evan Damerow (Roanoke, Virginia, USA)

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Mail art by Jim Leftwich and Evan Damerow (Roanoke, Virginia, USA)

This summer we received two large packages of mail art from visual poet Jim Leftwich in Roanoke, the first of which (chronologically) we are documenting in this blog. The vast majority of the pieces are collaborations between Jim Leftwich and Evan Damerow. (The exception is one very interesting asemic work at the end.) According to Facebook, Evan Damerow resides in New Zealand. His work was unknown to us before the arrival of this missive.

While Jim Leftwich seems to us inclined toward the prolific naturally, we attribute some of this outpouring of work this summer to the 2015 Marginal Arts Festival. The event seems to have been a great success and a perusal of the documentation will be rewarding to Tenderfoots, no doubt:

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The Anti-Brain Rot mail art call and exhibition also accompanied the festival, which occurred in July (2015). Here is some partial documentation of the entries via C. Mehrl Bennett (Columbus, Ohio, USA):

https://cmehrlbennett.wordpress.com/2015/07/15/the-anti-brain-rot-mailart-exhibit/

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Unless otherwise indicated, all the pieces shown here are Jim Leftwich-Evan Damerow collabs.

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These Leftwich-Damerow collabs hold specific interest to the trashpoets and D-Kulters in the network (many of whom are rabid followers of our humble blog), as Jim Leftwich is acknowledged as having created some of the earliest Trashpo (2005). These pieces (the current work shown here) use found material, have the organic structure so recognizable in most Trashpo and also show the anti-art stance and the On the Road spontaneity of Trashpo composition.

Trashpo is a form of visual poetry. (Many current practitioners are either unaware of or disregard this fact). The pieces documented here make abundant and innovative use of text, text-image associations and juxtapositions, cut up, disruption, asemics and other approaches that are related to poetry and the poetic as well as the tenets of Trashpo rather than mere collage. In short, they are excellent examples. The work transcends Trashpo in many ways yet still offers insights into Trashpo theory and practice for the working trashpoet.

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A bonus in the package was the piece below: “Spirit Writing” by Jim Leftwich (1997), a piece of historical significance because it was made so early in the context of the current thriving and burgeoning asemic movement. Jim Leftwich, however, and as many know, has reservations concerning the use of the term “asemic” and having his own work labeled as asemic writing. So we encourage Tenderfoots to consider the perspective of visual poetry here, although we believe the tide of history is very likely to identify Jim Leftwich as an asemic writer (among other designations):

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A closer look:

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Many thanks to Jim Leftwich and Evan Damerow!

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MinXus Mail Bag: Pan-demonium from Mark Bloch (New York City, USA)

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Mail art by Mark Bloch aka Pan (New York City)

(Part I)

Mark Bloch is a veteran mail artist who needs no introduction to those familiar with the Eternal Network. If you are a Tenderfoot who has not yet made his acquaintance, then we are thrilled to have this opportunity to share his work with you (in several installments). First, Mark Bloch’s website is a fantastic resource:

http://www.panmodern.com/Ray.html

http://www.panmodern.com/home.html

http://www.panmodern.com/neoism-intro.html

He generously sent us a hefty envelope packed with articles and artwork spanning different stages of his career. Here is a FAB piece he sent from the time of his involvement in the global art strike of the early 90s, which was closely connected to the network:

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Mark Bloch has an incredible knowledge of mail art history. We believe he is a vitally important figure – even if controversial and sometimes vexing – on the current scene. After all, he helped shape that history and witnessed it firsthand. Additionally, he is an excellent writer. We were thrilled he sent us this piece on mail art history:

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We think this is a must-read piece for mail artists, especially those involved in IUOMA-Ning discussions attempting to define mail art and Ray Johnson’s connection to it. As some of our readers have no doubt observed at other venues, Mark Bloch’s views on the current situation of Fluxus in the mail art network (as well as newer generation artists who call themselves Fluxus) can and do generate heated debate. We will not attempt an analysis of this complex situation, but we will share an erasure piece Mark Bloch sent. The Fluxus naming controversy provides, we believe, important context for the piece:

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(Click to enlarge)

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In our view, a fantastic (and incredibly humorous) erasure. Another piece from the package:

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And the reverse:

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Our deepest thanks to Mark Bloch for sending all this great material! Watch for more installments in the days ahead…

Mail Art Call by Jim Leftwich for Roanoke/Collab Fest – Deadline Approaching! (Roanoke, Virginia, USA)

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Some Tenderfoots know him simply as “Jesus Jim,” inventor of Trashpo.

Others know him as Jim Leftwich, a visual poet and theorist of great distinction. Regardless, if you visit our humble blog then you are called upon to send mail art to this year’s event in Virginia, which is associated with the former Marginal Arts Festival.

Note that the deadline is June 27, 2015!

MAF

422 Walnut SE#2

Roanoke, VA 24014-USA

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For more information:

http://postneoabsurdism.blogspot.com/

Moan Lisa’s 5089 Movement – Art is for Everyone!

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http://5089.org/

MinXus Mail Bag: Cavellini Celebration News from Bruno Chiarlone (Cairo Montenotte, Italy)

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Mail-art by Bruno Chiarlone (Cairo Montenotte, Italy) including work by Jose Alcalde (Mexico)

The Centennial Celebration of Cavellini has been a network highlight of 2014, and Bruno Chiarlone has certainly made tremendous contributions to the success. We are thrilled to share, slightly belated, one of the wonderful updates Bruno has been faithfully sending. A bonus with this mailing is the beautiful asemic-street art -abstract expressionist work by Jose Alcalde. Here is some info on the reverse side:

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Bruno Chiarlone also kindly included some material for further distribution:

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Bruno Chiarlone’s envelopes are always fascinating:

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And the reverse:

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As ever, deepest thanks to Bruno Chiarlone!

MinXus Mail Bag: tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE Store (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA)

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Front and back covers of Suggestion Box Residue #2 zine (2011) by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA)

Last summer we sent a mail-art package to tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE thanking the legendary performance artist profusely for participating in the MinXus-Lynxus Who Has The Best Hair Contest. He brought our performance to a new level and fulfilled our dream (at long last) of working with him. Also a veteran mail-artist who has communicated thoughtfully with thousands who have sought him out, tENTATIVELY, a cCONVENIENCE sent us a characteristically wonderful package, which we are thrilled to share with you.

He sent us his 36-page Suggestion Box Residue #2 zine, and we are presenting excerpts here. While tENTATIVELY, a CONVENIENCE might wish to characterize himself as a “mad scientist,” his longtime fans know him as performance artist, musician, writer, supreme Neoist, saint in the Church of the Subgenius, social and political activist as well as literary critic and philosopher among, certainly, other categorizations.

You can learn more about specifics here http://idioideo.pleintekst.nl/

Still a presence on avant trending cultural scenes, tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE has the aura these days of a seasoned, thoughtful intellectual immersed in avant history whose art is built meticulously upon well-conceived ideas. Newer audiences seem unaware of his former, outlaw reputation (authentic radicalism is exceedingly rare in the kultur industry); he has probably been arrested and detained as much, if not more, than any other living performance artist. His kind letter to us reflects his wide-ranging interests:

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And the reverse side of the letter:

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Now back to the Suggestion Box Residue excerpts:

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Pages measure approximately 2 X 3 inches, so the publication is remarkably compact. We are including a section of the introduction, which describes the zine’s concept.

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Here are two examples of pages from the zine with suggestion box material:

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Many thanks to tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE for sending Suggestion Box Residue. Here is the cd mentioned in the letter:

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Youtube has a lot of tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE material:

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Again, many thanks to tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE!

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MinXus Mail Bag: Cavellini Celebration Mail-Art by Bruno Chiarlone (Cairo Montenotte, Italy)

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Mail-art by Bruno Chiarlone (Cairo Montenotte, Italy)

While slightly delayed, we are thrilled to share this Cavellini celebration mail-art received from Fluxus artist and mail-artist Bruno Chiarlone in Italy. The centennial of the birth of Guglielmo Achille Cavellini aka GAC (1914-1990) is in full swing throughout the Eternal Network.

http://www.oberlin.edu/library/art/mailart/bios/cavellini.html

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We deeply appreciate this signed, classic mail-art by Bruno Chiarlone and admire the stamps in particular.

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And the reverse:

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Thank you, Bruno!

 

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