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MinXus Mail Bag: Fashionable Text-ile by Mariska van den Heuvel (Warnsveld, Netherlands)

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Mail-art by Mariska van den Heuvel (Warnsveld, Netherlands)

Tenderfoots who have known us since a few miles back on the Long & Dusty Trail – we are talking about friends even before MinXus – know Mariska van den Heuvel is one of our fave conceptualists ever. We have written blog posts praising her endlessly but not recently because, alas, her presence in the network is sporadic at best. The work she shares is relatively limited. She was very active for a time about four years ago, and some of our readers made her acquaintance then. Otherwise, she might surface briefly – say – once a year.

Thus we are thrilled beyond measure to have received this missive from her. In addition to sending fascinating and compelling art, Mariska van den Heuvel has been known to curate interesting calls and sponsor contests. This piece she sent us, which we have seen elsewhere, might be part of a project with a larger scope and purpose. We have not put it all together yet, but will participate in some form if possible.

We believe Mariska van den Heuvel is a highly original conceptual artist whose style is immediately engaging and recognizable. We prefer to call her a conceptualist because her work frequently involves the textual realm and is often language-centered. (To be accurate, she is more a practitioner of “concept art” than conceptual art, the former being, to us, a more authentic practice which gave birth to the latter.) The work displayed in this blog, for instance, upon scrutiny, reveals text and fairly extreme erasure (or more precisely crossing out):

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Mariska van den Heuvel favors this extreme erasure, and we believe it ultimately involves a statement about language and silence. She had a notable exchange with Richard Canard (Illinois, USA) that involved extensive erasure.

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In terms of the exotic literary forms that thrive in the Eternal Network, Mariska van den Heuvel has produced notable vispo, asemics and haptics. As the work above indicates, they have their own style apart from the copycat river of material that can be witnessed daily on collective blogs and Facebook. We are not criticizing the current global outpouring of, especially, vispo and asemics; we are participants, after all. But we are praising Mariska van den Heuvel who is every bit as intellectual and talented as the vispo heavy hitters of our time, yet she manages to stand apart and create work that is totally and completely her own. The presence of text in a simple dress pattern is a reminder that the world we perceive is filtered through language.

Her work is so different that you probably need to spend some time with it to locate what she is doing. Her visual art is rooted in minimalism ( she is a practitioner of the aesthetic of the incomplete that we wrote about recently) and she often uses found material, but we contend she uses it like no one else. Mariska van den Heuvel is that rare case of someone who is genuinely working in the spirit of Fluxus, although she has never identified herself that way.

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Here is a link to learn more about Mariska van den Heuvel and her art:


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We are always thrilled to see and receive new work by Mariska van den Heuvel. Many thanks!

MinXus Mail Bag: Add & Pass Boekie + More by Eduardo Cardoso (Sines, Portugal)

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Mail-art by Eduardo Cardoso (Sines, Portugal)

Visual poet and artist Eduardo Cardoso sent us a hefty package of mail-art that includes an add & pass boekie (aka artists book or TLP (Tacky Little Pamphlet). Certainly many a&p books and pamphlets have circulated in the Eternal Network. We just cannot remember any lately and highly commend our faith correspondent Eduardo for this FAB concept! We think the network needs more a&p books. Here is the cover and back cover:

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Eduardo Cardoso made the first entry:

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The rest is thus far unwritten, but we shall make our entry and send this along to a worthy recipient. Eduardo included some great examples of his recent work:

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The reverse side:

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Tenderfoots likely know Eduardo Cardoso as an active trashpoet and the dynamic president of the thriving DKult-Portugal (DKULTPOR) chapter. His MinXus-LynXus correspondence often and necessarily involves Trashpo subjects. We enjoy that work a great deal, but it is nice that Eduardo removed his Trashpo hat this time around to focus on the broader directions of his current art and interests. When the Trashpo filter is removed, it is apparent that he has roots in anti-art. This inclination, no doubt, drew him to Trashpo. His work has had an influence on trashpoets all over the world. This next piece offers another perspective on Eduardo Cardoso’s style:

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And the reverse:

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We greatly admire Eduardo Cardoso’s stamps and how he uses them. He also sent us a fantastic and interesting piece that could be legitimately called Trashpo for its use of found material and commitment to recycling as well as its (anti-)aesthetic stance:

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When opened we find:

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Brilliant and engaging! Tenderfoots will note the minimal holism. Eduardo Cardoso’s envelopes always match in mail-art splendor what they contain:

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And the reverse:

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Many thanks to Eduardo Cardoso for sending such a comprehensive package! To see more great work by Eduardo and to learn more about him, make sure to visit:


MinXus Mail Bag: We Dig “Excavations #1” – Svenja Wahl’s New Zine (Heidelberg, Germany)

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Cover of Excavations #1 featuring a collage by Svenja Wahl (Heidelberg, Germany)

Svenja Wahl’s Excavations zine produced considerable buzz in the Eternal Network even before the release of the first issue. The drama of the apparent loss of work by liketelevisionsnow (New Hampshire, USA) bound for Excavations in Heidelberg, Germany, intensified the drama and spawned an Excavations-related publication before anyone had glimpsed the zine itself. (liketelevisionsnow’s work ultimately arrived in Germany safely.)

The danger of this kind of hype is that it can raise expectations to unrealistic levels. Svenja Wahl is so respected for her art that these high expectations can be understood. As a result, she experienced some anxiety. Fortunately, dearest Tenderfoots, we are pleased to report that Excavations #1 exceeds our expectations; we are confident it will exceed yours as well. We consider zine culture to be one of our strongest areas of expertise. We testify with confidence Excavations #1 is tremendous.

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The list of contributors is impressive and includes different generations of networkers working in the avant, vispo and collage areas. They tend to be from Germany specifically and Europe generally. A geographic focus often emerges in this type of zine and provides a valuable view of trends concentrated in a particular part of the world. We applaud Svenja Wahl for dedicating the issue to the great Belgian writer and artist Guido Vermeulen (1954-2014).

In case it is difficult to read the scan, contributors to Excavations #1 are Patrizia PC(TICTAC) (Germany); Hanna Baier (Germany); Vittore Barone (aka Vittore Baroni) (Italy); Angela Behrendt (Germany); Eduardo Cardoso (Portugal); Giancarlo Da Lio (Italy); Thorsten Fuhrmann (Germany); Lisa Iversen (USA); Susanna Lakner (Germany); liketelevisionsnow (USA); Peter Muller (Germany); Jurgen Olbrich (Germany); Cheryl Penn (South Africa); Sabine Remy (Germany); Matthew Rose (France); Sandra Simone Schmidt (Germany); De Villo Sloan (USA); Tizianna Baracchi (Italy); Guido Vermeulen (Belgium); and Svenja Wahl.

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Page by Patrizia PC(TICTAC) (Starnberg, Germany) from Excavations #1

Excavations is an assembling zine. Each contributor mailed Svenja Wahl 22 pages (44 panels) of original work, and she assembled them into a zine and distributed them. Svenja Wahl placed the loose pages in handmade folios; the effect is somewhat like a Fluxus box. The pages are highly individualized, so it is very unlikely that any two zines are exactly the same.

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Page by Hannah Baier (Kassel, Germany)

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Page by Vittore Barone (aka Baroni) (Viareggio, Italy)

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Page by Vittore Barone (aka Baroni) (Viareggio, Italy)

Excavations #1 contains approximately 40 pages. We are including representative pages here rather than documenting the entire issue.

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Page in Excavations #1 by Eduardo Cardoso (Sines, Portugal)

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Page by Lisa Iversen aka Skybridge Studios (North Manchester, Indiana, USA)

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Page by Susanna Lakner (Stuttgart, Germany)

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Page by liketelevisionsnow (Tamworth, New Hampshire, USA)

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Page by Cheryl Penn (Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa)

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Page by Cheryl Penn (Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa)

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Page by Cheryl Penn (Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa)

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Page by Cheryl Penn (Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa)

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Page by Sabine Remy (Dusseldorf, Germany)

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Page from Excavations #1 by Guido Vermeulen (Brussels, Belgium)

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Page by Svenja Wahl (Heidelberg, Germany) in Excavations #1

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Page by Svenja Wahl (Heidelberg, Germany) in Excavations #1

Whether Excavations only produces one or several issues or it becomes an institution, we are sure Excavations #1 will become a classic and it will be revisited again and again by many in the years ahead. We extend congratulations and thanks to Svenja Wahl and all the contributors. Excavations has a blog, so stay tuned:


MinXus Mail Bag: “Trashpo Addicted 2.0” by Petrolpetal (Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa)

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Mail-art by Petrolpetal (Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa)

It has been a dog’s age since we received Trashpo from South Africa. So we are thrilled to display this imaginative work from our current correspondent in Kwa Zulu Natal, Petrolpetal. She certainly knows the Trashpo aesthetic: The work is essentially an anti-art construct of found materials, yet repetition and the silver-plastic minimalist sterility offer much visual interest. “Trashpo Addicted 2.0” also makes a social commentary on consumerism, waste and the pharmaceutical industry.  The work is also an example of Holism; we haven’t seen any of that in a while either. Here is the reverse side:

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“Trashpo Addicted 2.0” suggests there are earlier versions. We saw one online but cannot remember where. Petrolpetal also suffered as the result of a postal strike in South Africa, so we are just happy the work arrive. It was inside a larger envelope:

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Many thanks for the excellent Trashpo, Petrolpetal!

MinXus Mail Bag: New Entries for the Richard Canard Fan Club (Carbondale, Illusion, USA)

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Mail-art by Richard Canard (Carbondale, Illinois, USA)

Veteran mail-artist, former Ray Johnson correspondent and now Mink Ranch regular Richard Canard is as faithful with missives as he is inventive. We never cease to be amazed. We are now in the process of documenting work he has sent us going back to the late summer.

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This flattened plastic bottle passed through the postal system and will likely serve as an inspiration for trashpoets.

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This Slim Jim piece is a fave, given Slim Jim has become an officially endorsed product by the Mink Ranch. Here is the reverse:

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We are proud of our archives, of course. IUOMA-Ning has a Richard Canard Fan Club where Richard’s work is also shared in a sort of permanent, online exhibition.

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We always re-post work received from Richard Canard at the IUOMA-Ning Richard Canard Fan Club. We hope you do too.

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Here is a larger piece on conventional 8.5 x 11 inch paper:

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The envelope:

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With a great stamp on the reverse side:

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As ever, many thanks to Richard Canard!

MinXus Mail Bag: Add & Pass/Event Score by Theo Nelson (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) (Includes Majikformium gagging performance)

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Mail-art by Theo Nelson (Calgary, Alberta, Canada)

 Our faithful Canadian tarsand correspondent, Theo Nelson, sent us this piece that invites us to participate in a mail-art performance or at a minimum to add and pass. (This is a great reminder that mail-art and performance sometimes overlap.) Theo Nelson, as we understand it, is known for his invention of imaginary worlds, a practice or state of mind we call Theoism. Unlike previous work received from him, we detect a nod to Fluxus in this piece as it adopts the form and function of a classic event score:


We think this is a fairly ingenious event score because the empty gum box, necessary for the performance, is attached. A close-up seems in order:

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Here is the Theoism part: “Majikformium” is an invented word. So Dark wall just ate the box (or tried to). After gagging on it a few times and nearly puking, he spit it out. It has a few good tooth imprints, and you can see where the saliva started to disintegrate the ink on the box. He said the cardboard had a hint of strawberry in the taste. Here, then, is the performance artifact:

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Gagging on the strawberry gum box and chewing cardboard was an interesting sensory experience, although we caution Tenderfoots – generally – not to eat things received in the mail. A nice hole was left in the event score:

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Dark wall is not tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE, but it was neat to participate in a mail-art performance.

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Thanks, Theo, sort of.




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