Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Quite hard to decide who sent or made this work which bares the obvious stamp of Mark Pawson's badge designs but Ben Allen made similar badges at the time and his note is enclosed which reads-" Hello - got Bernard Borgolots? catalogue- great stuff. Art Nahpro sent me some TYPE ARKIN ? play money, he only sent 500. Yes certainly do some homemade money. I'm expecting great things from people like Joki, D. Jarvis, H. Mittendorf, Mark P. yourselves. Look out for City Limits article on postal network and Spotters Club...."
On the envleope is Pete Horobins address rubber stamp. Sent on 9th May 1998.
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Plastic stencil and added stickers. 1987. Darla & Eric Farnsworth. Neato Stuff was the rubber stamp company that Darla ran at the time. They visited us in Lambeth Walk at around this time. Nice couple. Sadly they split up soon after. Darla sings country and western in duo now and Eric lives with his new partner in Kansas.
A typical "grey" card from Peter L. Grosse in Germany from 1999. A self portrait holding a postcard of mine in front of his face. On the reverse Peter has written in pencil- " Hi, No. 2 of these grey cards go into The Grey Cards Museum at PWK's in Switzerland. He shows them all in his office - Must be enlarged soon.....Enjoy Spring."
A postcard from Alan Turner dated 6th July 1999. On the reverse he has written in ink- "Dear Michael, Many thanks for your last. 3. I loved the doggy stuff: more playful than my ernest looking stuff!! Absolutely snowed under with mail art at the moment and very busy with money work. Not so much fun. Also very upset about the bombing! here with my war memoirs. Well! Philip Joradn and his "green machine". I have one word for him - Pony- More later."
The card is entitled " Euro Disney or American Rodent".
From the late Marilyn Dammann in 1999. On the reverse she has written - " I had to get creative with my trash in May - a severe drought, and burn ban. I cleaned up my storgae shed and found an enormous pile of boxes at the back which has been accumulating for years. I smashed them, flattened them, stuffed them into a very large box, put it in the orchard to slowly disintegrate. In the meantime - it's art ( because i say so). This photo taken in May before the green stuff grew up all around it - mounted on a piece of genuine trash."
Monday, March 13, 2006
Folded eight page booklet on the theme of hands. Rubberstamped and collaged. Julie has written on one page "Andy Hanson helped aquire the hand images!" On another page she has written "What would we do without them?" Sent in 1999 judging by the blurry postmark. Maybe for my HAND MADE postcard project?
Sunday, March 12, 2006
Sad news about death ( suicide?) of the "pig man" from Belgium. His porky scratchings will be missed by one and all who had the pleasure to see his porcine obsessed work. I will try and find one of his envelopes or stamp sheets in the next few days.
Wednesday, March 01, 2006
New publication printed in Italian and English by Vittore Baroni.
"Starting from the work of pioneers of the historical avant-gardes, POSTCARTS reconstructs in over 200 pages the vicissitudes of artists' postcards, ranging from the conceptual mailings of Fluxus multicoloured oddities of the planetary circuit of mail art, from unusual "unique pieces" to the most stimulating alternative and New Pop editions, up to the phenomenon of promotional free-cards and to the virtual e-cards of the internet. Richly illustrated, the book includes original texts and materials selected by artists, experts and publishers of postcards; Anna Banana, Julien Blaine, Guy Bleus, Mario Giavino, John Held Jnr., Janosz Kubas, Jurgen O. Olbrich, Enrico Sist, Enrico Sturani."
PostcARTs can be requested directly from the author at the cover price of 15 euros or $20 outside Europe, air mail postage included. Send well hidden cash or International Postal Money Order ( no cheque or add $5 bank costs) to-
Vittore Baroni, via C. Battisti 339, 55049 Viareggio, Italy.