World Champs Boxing Match: Diane Keys & Richard Canard (Illinois, USA)

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Mail art by Diane Keys (Elgin, Illinois, USA)

Mailing altered boxes – especially cereal boxes – has become (excuse the pun) a staple of Trashpo. While competition is usually discouraged in mail art, I want to compare and contrast in this blog work by two champion boxers: Diane Keys and Richard Canard. The pieces by Diane Keys are panels from an entire cereal box she mailed me.

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The emphasis on textual elements is an important characteristic of classic Trashpo. We have the obligatory nod to KDJ and the added bonus of an iconic DKult stamp:

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How does cerealism by the Queen of Trash compare with the work of mail art master Richard Canard?

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Mail art by Richard Canard (Carbondale, Illinois, USA)

Richard Canard often uses unaltered product boxes as a kind of readymade post-pop, although sometimes he will play with the text too with erasure. In this case, the image functions as a visually interesting B-side for an asemic composition of great interest:

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John M. Bennett also frequently works with commercial packaging cardboard and praises the material. Diane Keys and Richard Canard use similar materials in very different ways. Could we ever find consensus that one of them is the better boxer? I think we all will agree they are among the greats of contemporary cerealism.

Many thanks to Diane and Richard!

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