MinXus Mail Bag: Walmarth Advertising Supplement by Cascadia Artpost (Olympia, Washington, USA) with Mail Art Martha (Beckenham, UK)

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Mail art by Cascadia Artpost aka Jack Lattemann (Olympia, Washington, USA) based on art and concepts by Mail Art Martha (Beckenham, UK) and Diane Keys (Elgin, Illinois, USA)

Cascadia Artpost has helped realize the artistic visions of Mail Art Martha and Diane Keys through marvelous models and now an incredible publication which is currently circulating in the Eternal Network.

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Trashpo and DKult have always promoted an ideology of anti-consumerism and pro-recycling. Trashpo is, after all, a form of recycling. Mail Art Martha was well-known in the network for her trash trolley and use of found material long before she joined forces with DKult. She has helped make DKULTUK one of the best known and most innovative DKult chapters in the world. Mail Art Martha’s Walmarth Corporation is an entertaining and witty parody of corporate, consumer culture. Cascadia Artpost’s painstaking realization of Mail Art Martha’s ideas through detailed, special effects style models makes Walmarth Corporation one of the crowning achievements of Trashpo in the half-decade that it has been producing a large quantity of art.

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For those who believe Trashpo is simply collecting candy bar wrappers on the street and mailing them to people, Cascadia Artpost and Mail Art Martha reveal that the practice yields a wide variety of literary and visual creations. All that is required is imagination. The center section of the Walmarth Advertising Supplement includes usable stickers:

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Both Mail Art Martha and Diane Keys have created numerous Trashpo devices and inventions. Cascadia Artpost references these in the publication and offers new products as well.

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Diane Keys has proposed ideas for a Trashpo and DKult economy aka the D-Konomy, although the specifics of the program are not entirely clear at this time.

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And the back cover of the Walmarth Advertising Supplement:

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We have no doubt that this ingenious work by Cascadia Artpost is one of the great achievements of Trashpo and is destined for a place in Eternal Network history. We also applaud the collaborative nature of the work, which integrates and acknowledges the contributions of Mail Art Martha and Diane Keys, among others.

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MinXus Mail Bag: DKult Doodle Therapy TLP #5 by Rebecca Guyver (Suffolk, UK)

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Mail art by Rebecca Guyver (Suffolk, UK)

Our faithful correspondent Rebecca Guyver sent us the fifth Tacky Little Pamphlet (TLP) in her stunning DKult Doodle Therapy series. This new installment is as innovative and entertaining as the previous editions we have received. The DKult Doodle Therapy concept is inherently collaborative. While Rebecca Guyver is unquestionably the guiding force behind these soon-to-be historic TLPs (we’re sure), many other artists have contributed doodles. Diane Keys (Elgin, Illinois, USA) and Figgy Guyver are given credit for contributing to TLP#5; we gather there are others as well. Rebecca Guyver is also a wonderful correspondent in terms of sending us generous envelopes stuffed with both art and news. These opening scans are of a card that accompanied TLP#5. Here is the reverse side:

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Without further digression, we are very pleased to now present you – dearest Tenderfoots – with complete documentation of DKult Doodle Therapy TLP#5:

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Cover of DKult Doodle Therapy TLP#5 by Rebecca Guyver with additional contributions by Diane Keys, Figgy Guyver and others.

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(Click to enlarge)

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Detail from Dkult Doodle Therapy TLP#5

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Back cover Dkult Doodle Therapy#5

A wonderful production! Rebecca Guyver also included a wonderful example of her plasticized, sewn work.

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And the envelope:

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And the reverse:

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As ever, thanks to Rebecca Guyver!

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!

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: DKult Fan Club News Vol. IIIV (Austin, Texas, USA)

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We are thrilled to have received this amazing newsletter from the DKult Fan Club Press and DKult Texas. We are sure Borderline Grafix in Austin is the mastermind behind this triumph of both images and writing. This is a piece that we believe stands on its own without need of our commentary, although we certainly must put in a plug for the DKULTNY coverage. We are also honored to be able to document this work on our humble pages, as we are confident the work of the DKult Fan Club Press will be viewed many years from now and have a place in the history or zines and mail art.

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Click below to see the previous issue from the DKult Fan Club Press:

https://minxuslynxus2.wordpress.com/2015/03/13/minxus-mail-bag-new-trashpo-zine-from-dkult-fan-club-press-by-borderline-grafix-austin-texas-usa/

The DKult Brooklyn Trashpo Newsletter by Meeah Williams (Brooklyn, New York, USA)

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DKult Brooklyn Newsletter by Meeah Williams (Brooklyn, New York, USA)

(Images courtesy of Borderline Grafix)

We went to great lengths to obtain scans of the DKULTBRO Trashpo newsletter for our intrepid Tenderfoots. Our deepest thanks and appreciation go to Borderline Grafix (BG) of Austin, Texas, USA. BG is the only person we know who received a copy in the mail. He made the scans and posted them at IUOMA-Ning in the All Things Trashpo group. We appropriated them to share with anyone who does not visit the IUOMA site and is interested.

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The formation of DKULT Brooklyn has created some controversy among trashpoets, Dkulters and interested others. Still, we are not sure why so much secrecy is involved in the circulation of this newsletter.

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At MinXus-Lynxus you can always count on finding the whole truth and the whole story.

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This is undeniably work by Meeah Williams, in case anyone is unsure.

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A great page!

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Thanks again to Borderline Grafix, and although we believe in a unified New York under DKULTNY, we must congratulate Meeah Williams on a job well done.

tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE Releases Rare SMILE Zine Material

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Vintage tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE

The current Neoism revival is generating related interest in SMILE: a premier zine from the Age of Zines closely aligned with the international Neoist effort that had a nascence in the 1980s and into the 90s.

tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE has launched a website – a fascinating extension of his voluminous documentation and commentary on Neoism – focusing specifically on the SMILE phenom, and – very important – variants and sources that contributed to SMILE. The names and exploits of those associated with various permutations of SMILE chronicle an era.

Given the de-centered and collaborative nature of the SMILE publishing model, a complete history of the zine is likely to take some time and will require a collaborative effort involving many individuals. This gargantuan effort by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE, by no means complete, is an invaluable contribution to the historicization of a cultural impulse notoriously resistant to conventional analysis and documentation.

The fact that tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE was a witness to and sometimes central player in both Neoism and aspects of SMILE also make this specific archival project unique and absorbing. Obviously multi-talented, tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE is a gifted writer. His commentary and descriptions of SMILE are as engaging as the rare images that can be found on the site. This is a project worth exploring and following as it evolves.

Here is the link to tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE’s SMILE site:

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

Thanks to Borderline Grafix in Texas, MinXus-Lynxus has done several SMILE postings in the past:

https://minxuslynxus2.wordpress.com/2014/11/30/minxus-mail-bag-snarl-aka-smile-zine-1988-w-karen-eliot-interview-from-borderline-grafix-austin-texas-usa/

https://minxuslynxus2.wordpress.com/2014/02/04/minxus-mail-bag-issue-of-smile-zine-by-karen-eliot-1988-from-borderline-grafix-austin-texas-usa/

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