Bad Hare Daze + Vispo Call by El Taller de Zenon (Miguel Jimenez) (Sevilla,Spain)

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El Taller de Zenon – a revered figure in the Eternal Network – joins the New Wave of contributors who have revived the M-L Who Has The Best Hair Contest. In fact, this wonderful material coming in is turning our hit-and-run mail art call from 2014 into a Permanent Wave!

We find the collage pieces sent by El Taller de Zenon to be extraordinary! We are so fortunate to be able to share them with you. Additionally, while El Taller de Zenon (Miguel Jimenez) is known around the globe, this is his first appearance upon the humble MinXus-Lynxus blog.

 

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El Taller de Zenon also thoughtfully included an invitation to a visual poetry call, which we are also thrilled to share with our faithful Tenderfoots:

 

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Mud Head’s Cat Army is a “Happening” & You’re Invited (Phoenix, Arizona)

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Mail art by Mud Head (aka Chris Reynolds) (Scottsdale, Arizona, USA)

 

First, Mud Head’s Cat Army (Disorder of the Bee) is essentially a mail art call, so everyone is invited to participate. In our opinion, Cat Army is also one of the most creative, exciting and innovative calls currently being hosted (no criticism of other calls intended).

Cat Army is part of the breed of contemporary calls that combines snail mail with digital, performance art with digital video and numerous other permutations of “intermedia.” Thus, perhaps some postal purists will object to this new breed of “Happenings,” but Cat Army is certainly in the spirit of Fluxus and other aspects of the Ray Johnson mode of mail art.

Mud Head is a gifted post-avant artist – already a legend in the Eternal Network – who works and lives in the spirit of Fluxus and the Post-Fluxus impulse. Mud Head’s work has an added dimension of the visionary and philosophical, which gives it a depth and humanity beyond sterile aesthetics rooted in materialism. In short, Mud Head is the ideal Shaman-artist to lead this new kultur kult which echoes network deconstructive spiritualisms found previously in Neoism, Church of the SubGenius and DKult. Participants are surely in for a great time in this new order of things.

I am going to share some Cat Army propaganda Mud Head mailed me. You can also follow (and even submit work directly) via the “Disorder of the Bee (Cat Army)” page on Facebook:

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/235516740475332/

 

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Mail art by Mud Head (Scottsdale, Arizona, USA)

The envelope by Mud Head:

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Detail study:

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Official Mud Head photo (really him!) for Cat Army:

 

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Split Endings for MinXus Who Has The Best Hair Contest by Mzia Valerian (Mechelen, Belgium)

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Mail art by Mzia Valerian (Mechelen, Belgium)

 

No need to clean your fancy sunglasses oh faithful Tenderfoots. Chances is good you read (red) it right the first time. You thought you’d never hear tell of the Who Has The Best Hair Contest again. But here it is like the acclaimed “bad penny” of yore.

You probably wish you didn’t. MinXus was way too gushy for the constrained sensibilities of the present, like translating French into Swahili. The Masonic complexity of MinXus symbology is too taxing and ultimately useless for the hobbyist upon whom we depend and must encumber with already too many arcane propositions.

In short, here at the Mink Ranch we was thinkin’ all the hoopla was done. We was enjoyin’ the peace and quiet. As Rancher so often says to DW, “Nothin ain’t never really over once it has commenced.”

A cosmic wire got tripped somewheres and our humble blog has been receiving MANY visits we can’t account for, and we’ve been receiving new entries for the Who Has The Best Hair Contest at a regular pace, such as this lovely submission from Mzia Valerian in Belgium. How could we NOT share this wonderful piece? Such sweetness and light!

 

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The MinXus-Lynxus Who Has The Best Hair Contest was a mail art call that ended in the Spring of 2014. Many of you most deer Tenderfoots participated: many thanks. All the contributors and winners were dutifully documented:

https://minxuslynxus2.wordpress.com/2014/04/05/minxus-lynxus-who-has-the-best-hair-contest-grand-prize-winners-announced/

We are not sure why there is renewed interest now in the Who Has The Best Hair Contest. Perhaps it’s like those “ghost ship” add & pass sheets that are doomed to circle the globe for eternity. Maybe all of mail art is a karmic thing like that. We are starting to get a sense this is the case.

We are so enchanted with these new entries that we won’t burst the bubbles of these aspirants with their fresh faces and youthful dreams. Maybe we’ll even send some new prizes. We won’t tell them that we said MinXus is over too.  And the reverse side:

 

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During its “Golden Age” MinXus had one big mail art call per year. These included the International Refrigerator Exhibition, the Can You Draw the Mink? contest, Solar Festival(s) and – of course – the Who Has The Best Hair Contest.  (We might have missed some.)

 

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MinXus Mail Bag: E’s Fan Club A&P + More! by Ferran Destemple (Barcelona, Spain)

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Mail art by Ferran Destemple (Barcelona, Spain)

 

The immensely talented Ferran Destemple in Barcelona sent us some great examples of his work including this version of the mysterious E’s Fan Club add & pass circulated by Karen Eliot and further embellished by Mikel Untzilla (Spain). This sheet, unlike others we have received, will be returned to Guivry, France!

Here is more work Ferran Destemple sent including a stamp by old friend Samuel Montalvetti (Argentina):

 

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Many thanks to Ferran Destemple!

MinXus Mail Bag: Exhibit Documentation & More by Sinclair Scripa (Ludlow, Vermont, USA)

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Mail art by Sinclair Scripa (Ludlow, Vermont, USA)

 

Veteran mail artist Sinclair Scripa (aka Tara Verheide aka Tonya to M-L readers) curated major high-profile mail art calls that culminated circa 2017. They have garnered great praise. Sinclair Scripa has also circulated excellent hard copy documentation of her projects. We are so pleased she sent copies to MinXus-Lynxus. As usual, even if belated, we are thrilled to share them with you. Tonya also sent some beautiful examples of her work that we present here at the “top” of our ever-humble blog.

 

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Now for the documentation! The two major calls (as we understand it) were (1) WomenArtScientists and (2) AvantGlobalConspiracy at Castelton University in Vermont. These shows were done in conjunction with Sinclair Scripa’s FeMAIL-XX project and her archives. Another exhibit featuring Tonya and CrackerJack Kid was also connected to the larger projects.

Based on our own experiences, we never were exactly sure about the organization of these calls and projects (s. However, they were well-publicized. We submitted and the work – as if magically – was displayed and documented. Sinclair Scripa is a great curator!

The work provides an incredible overview of the current mail art community and styles of art. We present scans of the material Tonya sent us, but you might also want to peruse the online documentation:

 

https://globalconspiracymailartcall.blogspot.com/

 

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Deepest thanks to Sinclair Scripa!

MinXus Mail Bag: “Minkus” Collages by Jayne Lyons (Lakeville, Minnesota, USA)

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Mail art by Jayne Lyons (Lakeville, Minnesota, USA)

 

Tenderfoot Jayne B. Lyons is raising eyebrows in the Eternal Network with her spectacular collages, and she is nothing less than a raving sensation among the Trashpoets and DKulters.

As ever on your faithful MinXus-Lynxus pages we offer a big “I told you so,” a wink, and a secret Mink Ranch handshake. We predicted mail-art stardom for Jayne B. Lyons the minute we first saw her work. She has now blessed us with three strong, new beautiful collages we are thrilled to share. Even though Jayne has renamed our venerable movement “Minkus,” we see her as a kindred spirit as much as we can in this Post-MinXus age given her absorption in Trashpo.

Collage has been a tradition and a strength of the mail art network for over a half century. Jayne B. Lyons joins and is working within that tradition, offering both innovation and relevance. Our “reliable sources” tell us that Jayne is a diligent sleuth and scholar, digging into network history. This shows in her work. She knows many classic collage tropes and misses entirely the Tenderfoot peril of “reinventing the wheel.”

She also makes timely reference to current mail art trends and personalities. For instance, she sent a classic study of none other than Queen of Trashpo Diane Keys (Elgin, Illinois, USA). So let’s see if we can follow the iconography. We have DKult allusions in “Minkus” collage:

 

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Diane Keys collage portrait by Jayne B. Lyons

 

Jayne B. Lyons also sent a not-so flattering portrait at the great yet elusive and extraordinarily handsome mail art genius De Villo Sloan. Unfortunately, Jayne did not allow the piece to dry properly and some sort of tissue paper is permanently attached to the piece. Perhaps this is actually an interesting interjection of “chance operations.”

 

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Also in FAB mail art tradition, the large envelope is an excellent piece itself:

 

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Deepest thanks to Jayne B. Lyons!

MinXus Mail Bag: More Mail for E’s Fan Club from Massimo Medola (Bologna, Italy)

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Add & pass sent by Massimo Medola (Bologna, Italy)

 

News of the (possible) tragic loss of the great E – Ambassador of Utopia (Guivry, France) swept through the network last year. For some reason, the venerable Mink Ranch was chosen as a destination for add & pass sheets memorializing E.

MinXus-Lynxus was proud to feature much work by E – Ambassador of Utopia in the past. He was a great and generous friend. Still, we have never been sure why we have been blessed to receive this material. All the same, rooted in our deep reverence for E, we have been pleased to receive and share these add & pass sheets. Some networkers have expressed the belief that E is still with us, and we hope that it is true and that he will re-emerge when ready.

We thought things had settled down concerning E when this new sheet arrived from Italy. So we share it and will dutifully pass it on (with the expectation it will return yet again).  Another sheet was also included:

 

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And the envelope:

 

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Thank you Massimo Medola!