Monday Morning Mail Art Call: Thursday Special Edition

This Special Thursday Edition of the MMMAC was created to include a great little project that I just learned about tonight. The deadline is looming fast for this one!  September 25th!

Find all pertinent details below….

Hello!

I am reaching out for your help with an art project that is related to politics/government…

Connect-the-Dots is an organization dedicated to the de-construction, examination, and re-imagination of “social constructs.” Visit http://www.connectthedots.community for the full picture of what we do.

This year, our programming is examining the idea of “government.” We are asking questions like, why do we need a government? Is our government living up to its ideals? Why do we have such a divisive two-party system? What other forms of government exist? What is personal autonomy? What are your feelings on “the issues?” How has the government affected YOU?

We are looking at “government” through lectures, workshops, conversation, and the arts. One component of that examination is an installation piece created through “Mail Art.”

Mail Art was started as part of the Fluxus movement of the 1960’s. “Fluxus artists did not agree with the authority of museums to determine the value of art, nor did they believe that one must be educated to view and understand a piece of art. Fluxus not only wanted art to be available to the masses, they also wanted everyone to produce art all the time. It is often difficult to define Fluxus, as many Fluxus artists claim that the act of defining the movement is, in fact, too limiting and reductive.” – The Art Story

We are inviting all humans to contribute to this “Mail Art” installation, regardless of artistic experience. We are hoping to get a wide range of perspectives, and your voice is important!
Please pass this on to your friends, family, community.

All the technical information you need to participate and info on when and where this will be shown is here:
http://www.connectthedots.community/mail-art

Details from the website link above:

MAIL ART

The project we are asking you to participate in is based on an artistic movement started in the 60’s by a group of artists called Fluxus; this movement is called Mail Art.

Mail Art can draw many parallels to the democratic system; from its large-scale social element to its economy driven fight. The first, showing that 1.) there is strength in numbers, 2.) many little ants can build a strong wall when they work together, and 3.)  that people count no matter their geographical location; and the latter proves that art (i.e culture) can be of the masses, not only of the elite.

We are asking artists who consider themselves artists and also those who don’t to help us draw and build this wall.

The Technicalities:

A rectangular thick paper (like watercolor paper for example, or cardstock, if it’s too thin USPS will not mail it) with dimensions of 4″ x 6″

On one side draw a vertical line slightly off centered towards the right. To the right of it, underlined, you will write the following address:

NETA LEVINSON

P.O. BOX 408951

CHICAGO, IL

60640-9998

On the other side you will create your art piece, it can be a doodle, a painting, a drawing, a collage, anything else that is flat that you can think of.

Here are some questions to think of when creating your piece:

– Is the government living up to its ideals and/or our expectations, and if not, why?

 – What, in your opinion, would help our current situation?

 – What direction do you see the country heading in the next elections?

 – What do you think about the people who represent us (as a country)? How does the rest of the world view us?

 – How does the government affect your life?

 –  Why do we have such a divisive two-party system?

 –  What are “the issues”  you care about, and how does that affect your perception of government?

 –  Do capitalism and democracy work well together?

 –  What could we learn from other forms of government?

 –  What does a re-imagining of government look like to you?

When you are done, drop it in the mail box. Here we will connect all the postcards that we receive and hang them as a wall or curtain, so that both sides can be seen.

Please send postcards before September 25th, 2016.

The Event:

If you live in Chicago or will be around during these dates, please come see the final piece and enjoy a night of music, human connections, good conversation and maybe some dancing, all surrounding these subject that need so much revision from all of us who get affected by it but feel like we don’t have a voice, WE DO!

The event will take place at:

Hairpin Art Center

2810 N Milwaukee Ave,

Chicago IL 60618

Saturday, October 15th, 2016

If you have any other questions or want to get in touch with us you can email us at info@connectthedots.community or friend us on facebook at Connect-the-Dots.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

 

Monday Morning Mail Art Call: Library Love

Our MMMAC posts haven’t featured a domestic call in a few months. So glad to have stumbled on this one.

An avid reader, a bibliophile and passionate supporter of libraries, this call cried out to my very essence. I hope it hooks you, too!

The Midwest City, OK library will not only display all of the Library Love mail art they receive for the entire month of December, but they also write back! “Give a little love… get a little love back!” (If you can tell me in the comments where that quote originated, I’ll give you a cookie!)

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Please remember to let me know if you send something and if you know of a mail art call that needs some love, post a link to it in the comments.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

Monday Morning Mail Art Call: Velimir Khlebnikov

Happy Labor Day to readers here, in the States!

This MMMAC is one that will challenge you, for sure! You have a good deal of time to think on it though. The deadline is May 20, 2017. It asks for mail art to honor Velimir Khlebnikov. Read the blurb about him in the call and dig into him and his work… you never know what might inspire you. Maybe one of his characters, something about his life?

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

Monday Morning Mail Art Call: Promised Land?

You’re no doubt familiar with the term Promised Land. Folks first heard it in the Good Book. America has been referred to as the Promised Land in other countries. What does the Promised Land mean to you? What does it look like to you? This mail art call wants to know. It asks for your version, with no stipulations.

“E”, otherwise known as the Ambassador d’Utopia, is a prolific mail artist with whom I have exchanged the rare piece of mail art. Send something on, won’t you? There’s no deadline, but why wait?

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

Monday Morning Mail Art Call: Bicycle and Tourism Mail Art

Happy Monday Morning!

I have just returned from a late summer mini-vacation. A few days at the lake does wonders to restore!

This week’s MMMAC is a call for Bicycle and Tourism mail art. Read the details below…

“ Bicycle and Tourism”
INTERNATIONAL MAIL ART PROJECT
Theme: Tourism, Travel, Tour with Bicycle
Technique/Media: Photographs, emails, cartoons, collages, poems, visual poems, paintings, grafiti, prints, digital images, article, story, all visual artwork or literary work.
Size/ Format: Free
No jury, No fee, No return.
Note:  All works will be displayed on this website
Exhibition: All works will be exhibit at Balıkesir University
Please include your name and last name, country, e-mail, address
Deadline: 15 October 2016
Send to: Assist. Prof. Dr. Sabriye ÇELİK UĞUZ
    Balıkesir University
    Burhaniye Uygulamalı Bilimler Y.O.
    Örentepe- Burhaniye 10700 Balıkesir / Turkey

I can think of many interpretations for this one, some simple, others more complicated… I hope it inspires you to come up with something to send along. October 15th is only a little more than a month away!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

Monday Morning Mail Art Call: My Town

Happy Monday Morning!

This week’s mail art call goes to an exotic locale… Indonesia. It’s theme: My Town, holds all kinds of possibility. What is special about your town? Your city? The one you live in, or the one you grew up in? It lends itself well to a one shot photo essay… after all, a picture’s worth a thousand words!

Have some fun with it!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

Monday Morning Mail Art Call: Faces

Pretty simple, this mail art call issues forth from Lancillotto Bellini of Italy for Faces of any kind. Send a postcard, or mail your standard page in an envelope if you prefer. (Costs the same either way.) Collage it, paint it, sketch it, distort it… you name it! Have fun with it, whatever you do! This one has no deadline… send several if you feel so inclined.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!