Karnival of Trash Mail Art Call: Artist Stamps by Bradford (Deadwood, South Dakota, USA) w/ Gina Ulgen (UK)

Artist stamps by Bradford (Deadwood, South Dakota, USA)

 

I called the Karnival of Trash Mail Art Call “The Greatest Show on Earth,” which was hyperbole of course. But it was a wonderful, wonderful experience. Friends both old and new sent incredible work and it just kept coming! The KoT is, I believe, one of the great monuments erected to Trashpo and DKult. The entire show is archived here at MinXus-Lynxus, and I plan to document it elsewhere for posterity.

Gu (Gina Ulgen) of Norwich, Norfolk, UK provided an image that defined the KOT “brand” perfectly (see stamp). I made it into a sticker and it appeared widely during the show. Bradford of Deadwood, South Dakota, USA turned Gina’s image into exquisite stamps. Some time ago he sent me three sheets, which I am now sharing. (Please excuse the delay.)

Bradford is a phenomenal stamp maker and highly regarded in the Eternal Network. I am not particularly strong in the stamp area of mail art, so I’ll refrain from going much deeper than saying I am a big fan of his work. He is very active on the IUOMA-Ning platform and very supportive of other artists, which is a quality I admire very much too.

The envelope showcases more Bradford work:

The Fluxus stamps are not to be missed:

Now let us, as they say, “talk turkey” concerning the ongoing Kot clean up. I know I promised a lot to people in order to get that great work for the show. I’ve sent some hefty missives in reply, but I have hardly completed my responses. I have three sheets of Bradford KoT stamps, and will be glad to share them (in small quantities of course) with KoT participants. If you especially want some of these amazing stamps make sure to contact me. Otherwise, I will share them as I think is appropriate. I just can’t see filing these away.

Many thanks to Bradford!

MinXus Mail Bag: Fashionably Late Post of Work by Lorraine Kwan (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)

Mail art by Lorraine Kwan (Vancouver, British Columbia, USA)

 

These FAB images of work by Lorraine Kwan have already received online attention. But we do want to acknowledge the snail mail versions have arrived at MinXus-Lynxus and share them with anyone who has not yet had the pleasure of engaging with them. We also want to document these remarkable pieces from our own perspective. The m-a is in a large postcard-size format with lots of emphasis on stamps and stamp-size panels. Here is the address side:

Lorraine Kwan is a highly regarded Canadian networker. She combines another talent – perhaps her “day job” – with her visual art to make something truly unique: Lorraine Kwan is a fashion designer and creator of the extraordinary garments you see here. She has been very successful at combining mail art with fashion. We know of at least one call she has done using the theme, and there have likely been many others. Here is the main panel:

Mail art by Lorraine Kwan (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)

Detail study:

 

 

 

Deepest thanks to Lorraine Kwan!

 

 

MinXus Mail Bag: Bagism, Conceptualism, Rayjo Stamp & More by Giselle Brewton (San Francisco, California, USA)

Mail art by Giselle Brewton (San Francisco, California, USA)

 

You can meet the most interesting and talented people via the Eternal Network. This is certainly the case with Giselle Brewton who brings radiance to our humble page today.

Giselle Brewton is known to many. You can find her marvelous work easily on the internet. Australian born, she attended art school in San Francisco and remains a NoCal resident.  Sometimes, here at the Mink Ranch, we’re the last to know about a good thing. Giselle Brewton is a great discovery for us. We adore her work. The conceptual nature of “Disassemble” is FAB. (We see a lot of Fluxus in this too – an Event Score more or less.)

And Giselle Brewton is a practitioner of Bagism! That is an esoteric and admirable practice, perfect for the mail art genre where Bagism persists. And Tenderfoots know Bagism persists here at MinXus-Lynxus. Among her many accomplishments, Giselle Brewton’s involvement with a Bagism zine is of much interest to us. This is worth a look:

http://www.bagazine.com/gallery.html

And more. A great card:

The reverse:

 

All in all, a brilliantly done m-a composition! Thanks to Giselle. We look forward to more exchanges.

 

MinXus Mail Bag: “Make Them” with Bonniediva (Gurnee, Illinois, USA)

Mail art by Bonniediva (Gurnee, Illinois, USA)

Bonniediva became an instant Mink Ranch sweetheart with her first missive some months ago. You Tenderfoots loved it, and so did we. Now we are thrilled to have this second piece as a FAB follow up. To us, Bonniediva has skated through the “Terrible Twos” (that ever-challenging follow-up when your first piece was smashing.) Over time, it’s great to get to know our Mink Ranch friends better. On the reverse side, Bonniediva shared some info on her artistic philosophy:

Who would have thought Bonniediva approached her incredible collage with Eye-rony? But then is she not a member of the IUOMA? Ironic Union of Mail Artists? We are just joking. We love Bonniediva’s work. We’ll take it.

Deepest thanks to Bonniediva! A special package on the way to you!

MinXus Mail Bag: Add & Pass Sheets + More by Joey Patrickt (Oakland, California, USA)

Moan Lisa a&p sheet from Joey Patrickt (Oakland, California, USA)

 

Here is a selection of pieces from Mink Ranch regular Joey Patrickt. We have added some Kulter material to the Moan Lisa add and pass. Other contributors to the piece are Jon Foster (North Carolina, USA), Toni Hanner (Oregon, USA) and – of course – Dkult Joey:

Another add and pass that seems to originate with Jon Foster:

The reverse:

Now here is some solo work by Joey Patrickt:

Here is a closer look at the stamp aka the “DKULTJoey stamp”:

A piece of copy art in the grand tradition of mail art copyart:

As ever, thanks to Joey Patrickt and DKULTJoey!

MinXus Mail Bag: Instant Classic Correspondence Art by Allison Anne (Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA)

Mail art by Allison Anne (Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA)

Allison Anne is always a welcome friend here at M-L and now on the Asemic Front as well.

Here at the Mink Ranch we are, as the old saying goes, forever “a day late and a dollar short” when it comes to giving Tenderfoots a sneak peek into our ever-amazing mailbag. And this piece – made by Allison Anne in April – is a standout we are thrilled to be able to document, finally.

Can a piece of mail art be a  “perfect” composition? Allison Anne has managed to blend the best qualities of the mail art tradition with contemporary innovations that keep the network thriving today. We’ll try to let you form your own responses, but we’d like to point out three notable aspects of this art by Allison Anne:

The outside envelope is FAB and totally integrated with the work. In our estimation, Allison Anne has a tremendous sense of color – or maybe her aesthetics just match our own sensibilities. Whatever, we think the envelope is gorgeous. A closer view:

The reverse:

Tremendous envelope art for those who truly love mail art! The centerpiece of the work is a collage-assemblage that uses Allison Anne’s hair – a wonderful inclusion that looks back on sentimental postal traditions of the 19th century (at least that far back) as well as avant garde art. (The duality of this work is what makes it so strong.) Does Allison Anne know about the MinXus Who Has The Best Hair Contest (2014)? We always say: “MinXus is about who has the best hair.” So Allison Anne scores a gigantic Mink Ranch hit with this piece:

Allison Anne also uses the envelope-within-an-envelope concept. This gives the piece additional depth:

Inside is a seven-page letter! This is why we use the term Correspondence Art in the title of this post. One stark difference between contemporary mail art and pre-internet mail art is the disappearance of letters and writing as part of the exchange process. (Ray Johnson used letters heavily.)

Letters are hardly necessary today. Most mail artists communicate via the net and exchange material (rather than digital) art. The whole thing works very smoothly. But there are certainly people wishing to explore the letter form, and Allison Anne has done that in an interesting way this piece.

We won’t publish the entire letter, but here is a sample:

Allison Anne uses a portion of the letter to explain her thoughts on the composition of this FAB mail art package. Thus, the work is made self-reflexive, process oriented and we are given a conceptual framework. Here is an explanatory passage from Allison Anne’s letter: “… i’ve been saving clippings from my haircuts for the past year or so (I do my own hair…. crudely. beauty school dropout – seriously!) & have been thinking about doing a series of moveable reliquary collages – like catholic scapulars mixed w/a memento mori – always had a fascination w/ Victorian hair jewelry/ wreaths/ mourning objects… the idea of an object that’s more like a ‘memento temporis’….” Fantastic text that enhances the work!

Deepest thanks to Allison Anne for the great piece!