Karnival of Trash Mail Art Call: Asemic Trashpo (Trashemics) by Chris Wells (Columbus, Ohio, USA)


Mail art by Chris Wells (Columbus, Ohio, USA)

Chris Wells has earned a solid place in the latest wave or “Neueste Wache” of visual poets, many of whom are inclined to explore asemics. At the same time, he participates in the culturally egalitarian Eternal Network and has clearly incorporated, with some thought, Trashpo concepts into his work. After all, Trashpo is a form of visual poetry pioneered by none other than Jim Leftwich. Beneath the anti-art posturing, something of value – indeed – might be found in Trashpo; I am convinced. This work Chris Wells sent specifically for the Karnival of Trash is an interesting example of Trashpo’s possibilities realized. Asemic elements are present, as this close-in reveals:


And the reverse:




Many thanks to Chris Wells for making the Karnival of Trash the greatest show on earth!

Karnival of Trash Mail Art Call: Litterature by Dopesick San Francisco aka DSF aka Michael Kelly (Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA)


Mail art by Dopesick San Francisco aka DSF aka Michael Kelly (Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA)

A few stellar performances remain before the curtain finally closes on the epic Karnival of Trash. Today I am thrilled to present a stunning encore by DSF. Litter box trash is a brilliant Trashpo concept, yet I do not believe anyone has done it before (with apologies to Karina the Dog).


DSF has been a big KoT supporter, and the contributions are deeply appreciated. Of course, he and K the D were M-L faves long before the greatest shoe on earth. Here are more DSF pieces received during the Karnival of Trash call but, until this historic day, undocumented:


The reverse:


And from very early, two copies of the same card. Classic DSF images:




Deepest thanks to DSF for making Trashpo great again via the Karnival of Trash!

Karnival of Trash Mail Art Call: PostFlux by Picasso Gaglione (Knoxville, Tennessee, USA)


Mail art by Picasso Gaglione (Knoxville, Tennessee, USA)

If the contemporary mail art world actually has leaders, Picasso Gaglione would be one. At a minimum, if you are not familiar, he is a major figure in correspondence art history and a tremendous artist. His work with stamps in particular is worthy of exploration.

For the sake of full disclosure, I will tell you Picasso Gaglione graciously and generously sent me this work that I share with you today in response to something I sent him independent of the KoT. Of course, I am not above taking a DKult “useful tool” strategy and including him in the Karnival of Trash show (even if he had not indicated that focus).

Now there can be no dispute this is, indeed, the greatest show on earth! And I can write how thrilled I am that Picasso Gaglione supports Trashpo and DKult. (I am betting on the fact that he does seem to like Diane Keys.)


Here is the main attraction that was in the envelope. The stamp is on a conventional 8.5 X 11 inches sheet and signed:


A closer look:



Deepest thanks to Picasso Gaglione!


Karnival of Trash Mail Art Call – Non-GMO Trashpo by Vikki Johnson (Morrison, Colorado, USA)


Mail art by Vikki Johnson (Morrison, Colorado, USA)

A big, warm Howdy and a secret MinXus handshake are extended to Ms. Vikki Johnson of Colorado, USA who graces these humble pages for the first time today. Vikki Johnson makes the day even better, if that were possible, because she has sent work for the Karnival of Trash. What a wonderful addition!

I never tire of the work received from “Big Name” and “Iconic” correspondence artists that has come to characterize the greatest show on earth. But it is as gratifying to document an “emerging” artist’s first foray into the dumpster. Even if one might, subjectively, sense a certain tentative quality to the work, I must disclose to Vikki Johnson that I believe she is spot-on in capturing the Trashpo (anti-)aesthetic and spirit. This creates an occasion, too, for us to remember and celebrate the egalitarian and mutually supportive nature of mail art.


I also meditate upon Vikki Johnson’s work considering the notion of healthy trash or non-junk trash. Is such a thing possible? Only DK could tell us for sure. Vikki Johnson also included a picture of a dog or her dog and a snowflake. Or is it a trashflake?


Lately, for some reason, I have been thinking about the mail artist Irene Dogmatic who made such a splash “back in the day.”



Thank you Vikki Johnson!



Karnival of Trash Mail Art Call: Mick Boyle Sends the Sacred Shroud of Conneaut Lake (Conneaut Lake, Pennsylvania, USA)


Mail art by Mick Boyle (Conneaut Lake, Pennsylvania, USA)

At the risk of turning a DKult Holy Relic into a sideshow attraction in the Karnival of Trash, I am sharing this piece sent by Mick Boyle billed as the “Sacred Shroud of Conneaut Lake.” The authenticity will have to be determined through the arcane divinations of the DKult elites.

I will put forth that Mick Boyle was named a DKult Saint by none other than Queen of Trash Diane Keys, and he is an important contributor to the thriving DKULTPA chapter. On the other hand, what are the chances of the discovery of a second authentic relic that has so much in common with the Shroud of Elgin? Ultimately, only DK can determine if this is, indeed, a true miracle or just another Kulter hoax.




Many thanks to Mick Boyle!

Karnival of Trash Mail Art: D-Kryptic D-Korrespondence from Jon Foster (Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA)


Mail art by Jon Foster (Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA)

This is the first of two entries by Jon Foster that I am thrilled to share as part of the Karnival of Trash.

Jon Foster is not an I-DK card-carrying Kulter or rabid trashpoet, but he certainly holds an honorary place in the movement. Reasons include his Punk Revival mail art, his pioneering “ripped tape” technique, his use of found materials and the influence of his mentor Richard Canard. Jon Foster is making many other contributions as well. He needs no introduction for most contemporary networkers.


Jon, thanks for sending such great work to the KoT!

Karnival of Trash Mail Art Call: Kommuter Kulter, Platinum Mink & Mo by Joey Patrickt (Oakland, California, USA)


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

A reluctant Kulter at best, Joey Patrickt has emerged as a Karnival of Trash All-Star. He has generously applied his unique talent and post-urban sensibility to a series of focused pieces that have helped the KoT become, I say humbly because I am told by others, a mail art exhibit triumph. Today I am thrilled to be able to share three Joey Patrickt pieces that I believe show him at the top of his correspondence art game. In addition to addressing Trashpo/Kulter themes, the final piece is also a wonderful contribution to Post-MinXus art.


This first piece (above) is an evocative and haunting meditation on DKult. And the reverse:




An added bonus is the “platinum mink” to become a part of MinXus lore. Some might remember the “tangerine mink” of the Golden Age.



Let’s take a closer look at the platinum mink:


And we still have more Joey Patrickt ahead before the curtain goes down on the KoT. Thank you, Joey!