MinXus Mail Bag: Subscription Opus by Jude Weirmeir (San Diego, California, USA)

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Mail art by Jude Weirmeir (San Diego, California, USA)

We have received some absolutely marvelous pieces by Jude Weirmeir, including the FAB issue #49 of his Subscription Opus zine. Understandably, this amazing issue has attracted attention and garnered praise elesewhere. So we will share the covers and not attempt a full scale, digital reproduction of the contents. The issue is a three-dimensional, accordion maze that also serves as a musical score.

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To learn more, we direct you to the Jude Weirmeir Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/jude.weirmeir

And another link:

http://www.villamusica.org/faculty-weirmeir/

More mail from Jude Weirmeir!

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The other side:

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We have also received, so far, six postcards that are part of another Subscription Opus, this time a puzzle-score. Jude Weirmeir is doing some remarkably innovative work combining music composition and the conceptual wing of mail art.

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On the reverse sides:

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Two more:

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Many thanks to Jude Weirmeir for this very innovative work!

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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/

MinXus Mail Bag: Jude Weirmeir Scores! (San Diego, California, USA)

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Mail art by Jude Weirmeir (San Diego, California, USA)

Musician and composer Jude Weirmeir sent us two great pieces that involve what we consider to be non-traditional musical scoring. Lines between auditory and visual art genres are blurred in this work. We even find a connection to food and taste. Given the nature of these scores, they could safely be called event scores. They could be considered scripts for performance art as well. We are not surprised Jude Weirmeir would invoke Fluxus on the reverse side:

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The piece is fun and a visual poem in its own right; this is a real example of Intermedia. Fluxus folk are and have been and involved with the art-in-life aspects of food, including the performance dimension. Alison Knowles’ classic The Identical Lunch performance is another example:

Jude Weirmeir has made a substantial contribution in the area as well.

A second piece received from Jude Weirmeir also uses the event score format:

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We are reminded of classic event scores by George Brecht in particular; and of course John Cage compositions serve as a larger prototype. Here is the Drip Music score by George Brecht:

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Here is the reverse side of the card from Jude Weirmeir:

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Deepest thanks to Jude Weirmeir for sending us this mail art compositions-event scores. We are always thrilled to add material like this to the MinXus Archives.

MinXus Mail Bag: 2 X Jude Weirmeir (San Diego, California, USA)

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Mail-art by Jude Weirmeir (San Diego, California, USA)

Musician and composer Jude Weirmeir – clearly also talented in the visual-textual realm – is becoming a Mink Ranch regular, which is only a benefit to our humble blog. (We need to send Jude a MinX Kit pronto along with that shiny tin badge deputizing Terry Owenby.) Today we are thrilled to display not one but two postcards received from Jude Weirmeir. Here are the reverse sides:

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We discovered Jude Weirmeir – or he found us – when we were canvassing for West Coast USA mail artists. Perhaps this was a coincidence, but we definitely see him as another California “voice” both highly original and deeply steeped in the aesthetics of the West. We are thrilled to be able to feature so many Californians at MinXus-LynXus as a kind of subgenre. As ever, deepest thanks to Jude Weirmeir.

(finally) A New Neoist Website

http://idioideo.pleintekst.nl/Neoism.html

Included are historic videos from nascent era apartment festivals that appear to be authentic, although we cannot claim to be able to verify. Many great examples of Neoist irrationalism as well. We think you might want to think of the site as a simulation of Neoism or a simulacra.

MinXus Mail Bag: Vanna White & More by Joey Patrickt (Oakland, California, USA)

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

We are absolutely thrilled to venture into 2015 sharing this FAB package of mail-art from West Coast fave Joey Patrickt.

This is a missive with both heft and depth that reveals the range of Joey’s talents better than anything we have previously posted. As we reported, we were already fans based on work we had seen on the net. Now we are very happy to have these great examples he kindly sent for the MinXus-LynXus USA archives. We are not sure about the composition process or intention behind this altered (or simply found) “Buttons and Bows” sheet music, but we find it visually impressive and appreciate the retro-popcult dimension. This crosses over into vispo and event score territory with its mixing of music notation and color. Here is the reverse side:

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As MinXus-LynXus research into West Coast USA mail-art deepens (thanks to Tenderfoots who have filled in some historical gaps), we discovered a few facts about Joey Patrickt, as the biographical record is not currently abundant. One is that he fares originally from Cleveland, Ohio, USA and maintains an interest in the architecture and culture of that city.

We share a fascination with the great, decaying industrial centers of the Great Lakes Region, including Cleveland. As we once contended in a discussion about visual poetry by Matthew Stolte and David Chirot (Wisconsin, USA), these Great Lakes cities have a tendency to produce a certain gritty industrial aesthetic in their native poets and artists. While far removed from Cleveland origins, it is perhaps this aesthetic we are responding to in art by Joey Patrickt, although it has evolved and transformed in the West. He also included a collage:

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Much like work we have come to expect from trashpoet friends, Joey Patrickt generously included “ephemera” (as Cleo aka Claire taught us to call it) in addition to the showcase pieces above.

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These range from finished postcards to trash and found material. This blanks driver license sheet is a real keeper we are going to be sure to share with the DKulters:

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Seven Vanna White yarn labels he included move us firmly into classic Trashpo territory:

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Focusing on Vanna White as a figure of celebrity popcult locates – for us here at MinXus-LynXus anyway – the genius of Joey Patrickt. The image repetition is fantastic as well, invoking both Warhol and Trashpo. Ray Johnson himself made popart a staple of mail-art, and the genre has been developed for decades in the network. It is always fun to receive popart-based m-a, but we are sorry to report that much of it is not very original nor does it offer new insights. Joey Patrickt seems always able to provide some new perception and/or an ironic or absurd turn that is thought provoking. Does he follow Trashpo and DKult? Not likely, but his work has some commonalities.

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And the reverse:

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The John Wayne stamp needs a close up. It’s perfect for the Mink Ranch:

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Many thanks to Joey Patrickt for this spectacular package. We will get something out to Oakland soon!

 

MinXus Mail Bag: Visual Noise Decomposition by GX Jupitter-Larsen (Hollywood, California, USA)

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Mail-art by GX Jupitter-Larsen (Hollywood, California, USA)

We are absolutely floored and, needless to say, elated to have found mail-art from none other than the GREAT GX Jupitter-Larsen waiting for us in the po box. Since we have been running an informal survey of West Coast USA mail-artists for several months, the arrival of this work is downright fortuitous.

For those who have travelled the long & dusty trail a while or have experience in underground and avant movements – noise music for example and in particular (The Haters) – GX Jupitter-Larsen needs no introduction. For Tenderfoots just finding their sea legs (excuse the mixed metaphor) in this milieu, familiarity with the awesome accomplishments of GX Jupitter-Larsen is highly recommended. He is not just a mail-artist; he is a network architect, conceptualist, performance artist, musician, novelist, filmmaker and more. We do not have the same longtime familiarity with the full range of GX Jupitter-Larsen’s work in the same way we have knowledge of the Titans of Neoism, so this is partially a learning experience for us as well. With GX Jupitter-Larsen, there is a lot interesting terrain to cover. Luckily, there are plenty of net resources covering this subject. You can start here as one general point of entry:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GX_Jupitter-Larsen

We have known of GX Jupitter-Larsen in the mail-art network for a long time. This mail results from a recent, chance encounter online via Joey Patrickt (Oakland, California, USA).

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(Work by anonymous mail-artist. Photo courtesy of Joey Patrickt collection)

Joey Patrickt posted a scan of this piece by an anonymous mail-artist on Facebook. Without being able to articulate precisely why, we commented how much we admired the work (and still do). GX Jupitter-Larsen liked it as well. So that encounter probably earned us the wonderful mail-art we are displaying here. In actuality, there is no reason to believe that what GX Jupitter-Larsen sent us is a “visual noise decomposition.” We just wanted to highlight elements in his works and philosophy that we particularly admire. For instance, his interest in decay has – we think – strong affinities to Gutai. The work he sent is, to our eyes, a wonderful piece of abstraction. Here is the reverse side:

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Deepest thanks to GX Jupitter-Larsen for the FAB mail-art and gracing the MinXus-Lynxus page. We look forward to more exchanges and keeping current.

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