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!