Friday, April 25, 2008
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
Papier mache underpants from Crackerjack Kid (Chuck Welch ) sent to me in 1989. Chuck wrote on the reverse- " Got a call from Whole Earth Review editor yesterday that they'll will be printing Mail Art Glasnost in their Winter issue. One of the Russian postal bureaucracies strangest regulations require that Americans refrain from posting underwear! I thought you and I and Hazel might have fun testing the customs law - shall we play with this theme?... "Glasnost Briefs"? Please do wear it and mail snaps to Soviet Life magazine."
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Both sides of collaborative card - many of which sent out during the early 90's. Don't recognise the stamps here. Seems like just one participant but maybe more. Card originally fromm the post office for collecting license stamps.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
Thursday, April 10, 2008
A postcard from Dave Zack from Mexico where he lived at the time. Sent in 1984. On the reverse Zack writes- " Michael- This is too vital to my Correspondence History to plan out or prefabricate, let alone prevaricate in any way. I have refused to give the Tapia family the cash Christmas gift they demand. They lowered and I still refused. Three times I went to my parents with the Tapias. These lovable and living ancestors of mine smiled lovably and pointed at me. Cesario refused to take Genovera's last month's pay, holding out for the Christmas present. I said my festival as a ULC minister is not Christmas, but April 1st. He said he never heard of it. I told him to watch out for it, it'd be better than bullfighting. This isn't bad, sometimes people get killed."
Peter Kusterman (Netmail ) handed out these sheets at the Tate gallery coffee shop in 1986 when he met several UK mail artists at a Congress there. Present were Keith Bates, Hazel Jones, Ben Allen, Don Jarvis, myself and a few others. We all added our own ribber stamp signature and passed them around. I got mine in the post a few days later after some additional printing.
Sent from Nottingham in 1988. Inside a few pages from a colour supplement article about an early practitioner of "mail art" , the dashing Captain Hugh Rose back in 1898. to his beloved Constance King-Harman. Also a letter and flyer for Asian music festival.
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
Lon Speigelman's 'zine he self published througout the 80's. I can't remember how many issues it ran to but at least a dozen on an irregular basis. It contains news and notes about the currant state of the network at the time - in particular the California area where he lived (Los Angeles).
Leslie Caldera ( Creative Thing ) read this and told me this short anecdote about Lon -
"You know, he kept that car for over 30 years. He bought it new in 1968 and rebuilt or replaced the motor several times. When I visited him in May of 02, we took a spin in it to his favorite bakery for lunch.
He put a lot of money and effort into the mechanical upkeep, but the body was faded and beat up. When I asked him why he didn't repaint it, he whispered "that's my ant-theft device". And that, in a nutshell, was Lon!"
An envelope that was sent to H.R. Fricker and returned for some reason- maybe because of the unfranked stamps? This must have been late 80's as the Michael Scott memorial rubber stamp that I carved must have been after his death in 1988. I also carved the shaking hands stamp from an eraser.
Monday, April 07, 2008
I have been delving into the archive again. Here's one of the earliest stamp sheets I have from 1985 - still intact. Colour photocopy and perforated. made by Buzz Blurr, Pat Fish, Cragg Hill and Jurgen Olbrich.
A design by Crackerjack Kid ( Chuck Welch ) of a proposed artistamp in ink and watercolour. On the back is a letter in tiny writing- " The photobooth snaps should do fine. Will place you in the Ubiquitous Dominion Issue with some other friends.
Letters from Michael Row abruptly stopped Sept. 3, the day he was in Motreal and the train station bomb went off killing three people and wounding many others. He's probably alright - just wish I knew for sure. Mail service from Canada is shitty.
Jean Brown is THE place to send your work. As soon as I get settled in I must drive out to visit with her. Really I'm not in contact that much with anybody right now. D. McLimans- vaguley remember some work from him.
David Greenburger of Duplex Planet fame used to live here. Never met him but subscribed to his mags. I must send off something to Hazel."
Sunday, April 06, 2008
Lancillotto sent me a hand carved rubber stamp ( not shown ) of William Burroughs. I have to find a wooden block to mount it on. In the envleope were a short note on colour photo copy, a Fluxus Buck and an invite to a mail art project.
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
Today from the Eclectic Hermit. Apparently I am a "Purveyor Of Postal Art - By Appointment To Her Majesty The Queen" and Keith has sent me a badge to prove it! Also in the envelope a sheet entitled "The Chair Of English Mail Artists".