The Zalop: Illusory Correspondence Art Exhibit in Atlanta Georgia is now open for viewing at the Eyedrum Art & Music Gallery. The show premiered on Saturday, February 15th and will run through March 16, 2014.
What is it?
It is a mail art exhibit curated by Michael Orr and based on nothing in particular.
How can this be?
It has to be about something!
No, not really….
Zalop loosely translated, means nothing. Or as Cheryl Penn of South Africa has translated, “ZALOP means ABSOLUTELY NO WAY, DEFINITELY NOT, NADA, NIX.” She goes on to say, “It is essential this word be said in an emphatic tone.” Read more of Cheryl’s history of Zalop here: http://cherylpenn.com/wpb/?p=2826
It’s roots lie in Fluxus which began in the early sixties and is attributed largely to George Maciunas. Fluxus was an anti-art, anti-commercialism movement from which, much performance art and mail art have sprung forth.
Rudd Jansen, credited for the creation of Zalop, is the man behind IUOMA, the International Union of Mail-Artists. IUOMA is the social networking site for mail artists worldwide. It is also a comprehensive database for mail art. Find IUOMA here: http://iuoma-network.ning.com/
And now, I believe I have brought us full circle at mach speed.
If Zalop! interests you, by all means, you should take in the show!
I daresay, if Zalop! interests you not at all, it is of great necessity that you attend!
If you are local, check out the show in person. It’s FREE to the public.
Should you be unable to see the show in person, you can check out the opening video at Art Relish: http://artrelish.com/
Or link directly to the opening video by Jason Parker here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eji0y9UmszM
In the tradition of ‘Much Ado About Nothing,’ I have managed to make much of nothing at all. I hope you have enjoyed it, been enlightened, or inspired.
Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!