Mail art by Mars Tokyo (Baltimore, Maryland, USA)
Phenom Baltimore collage artist Mars Tokyo is a generous and faithful correspondent. We are very pleased to share this wonderful pop art-oriented, postcard-size work she sent us during the summer. How can any one look at this piece and not think: Roy Lichtenstein? On a larger scale, though, we are deeply grateful that the Eternal Network is a place where (like Fluxus) Pop Art never gets old or historicized, never loses its relevance and appeal and always offers opportunities for innovation and creativity. How often does one find an alternative culture where things evolved differently than they did in the mainstream? Pop Art’s reign in the network is certainly connected to Ray Johnson’s contributions to the genre. Pop Art also likely persists in the network due to the egalitarian nature of mail art. Popular culture, always changing and evolving, is a favorite source of inspiration. Here is the reverse side:
In another mailing, Mars Tokyo sent us two in-process add & pass pieces that seem to have originated with Vic Jonez (Dartmouth, Massachusetts, USA):
The add & pass is one of mail art’s great, indigenous forms. So we are always interested to see what is circulating and to share them. Here is stamping on the reverse side:
The other side:
Great use of stamps throughout all these pieces. Thank you, as ever, to Mars Tokyo!