Mail art by Richard Canard (Carbondale, Illinois, USA)
Our collection of work by Richard C (aka “the hardest working man in mail art”) is growing by leaps and bounds with the arrival of many exciting new pieces, which we fully intend to document even if a time lag is involved. Have patience Richard C fans! All will be revealed.
We consider the postcard-size work above classic Richard Canard Trashpo: An altered, found, plastic card with a heavy Popart allusion. The result of the erasure, “hare a C,” (from “Share a Coke”) works on a number of levels. We have the Ray Johnson bunny reference in “hare.” The reference to Richard’s name in “C.” The central wordplay, we think, is the creation of “heresy.” The core of the message, then, is irony. Here is the reverse side:
The Prints of Pop sent the work in this envelope:
Here is another piece that is also classically Richard Canard:
We will close with a third work by Richard Canard that also reveals why he was embraced early on by the Trashpoets and why his work has served as an inspiration for them:
The reverse is definitely Trashpo with all the trappings including a postage due notice, although we do not remember having to spring for the release of this work:
Deepest thanks to Richard Canard!