In the Mail: What a Haul!

WOW!

Just look at all the mail I’ve received since our last ‘In the Mail’ post and you’ll being saying, “WOW!” too.

Arriving in an envelope made from what looks to be a kitschy, glossy magazine page, Amy Irwen’s packing tape transfer/collage was built on a piece cut from a cracker box. ‘The lone weed will tumble thousands of miles.’ It put me in mind of the movie, ‘You’ve Got Mail,’ specifically the scene where Frank is writing a piece about Kathleen’s Shop Around the Corner. He types away… “You are a lone reed, standing tall, waving boldly, in the corrupt sands of commerce.” Thank you, Amy!

Amy Irwen

Reusing an envelope from Google Headquarters, Diane Keys (http://dianekeys.blogspot.com/) mailed me a piece of what she calls, “Toy Trashpo.” It made me smile like only DK’s trashpo can! A sensory delight, it must have been “PRE-PURIFIED” with patchouli because my nose was in Heaven!

Toy Trashpo Diane Keys I

The reverse reveals that the piece was built upon a advertising postcard. Nothing goes to waste in the Elgin Mansion. Thank you, ever so, Diane!

Toy Trashpo Diane Keys II

Folks in Germany produce some phenomenal mail art. This piece is from Funf Blanks (http://www.5blanks.com/) It appears to be acrylic on a piece of discarded mat board. Great texture here! That reminds me, I have yet to submit to the Angels and Demons mail art call….

5Blanks Germany

The stamps on the back are awesome too!

5Blanks Germany II

Ana Karina sent me this wallet of goodies inside a brightly painted envelope.

Ana Karina I

Opened, it reveals a cool magazine page turned collage/poem, a 10 Yuan note from HELLBANK ONE (LoL!) and a scrap of signatures containing that of ‘EL FAMOSO RIKY McDONALD.’ Thanks, Ana!

Ana Karina II

Speaking of wallets… this one, filled with FLUXUS BUCKS and scented with more patchouli (Yay! Nose twitching!) came from Julie Jefferies. The slide of Leningrad made for a tremendous photo op! I simply loved that the postage was made up of vintage postage stamps! Many thanks to Julie at Fluxus Bucks International!

JJ Ex Posto Facto

Karen Arp-Sandel (http://karenarpsandel.com/) returned a piece to me from FeMail.

FeMail Karen Arp-Sandel I

A pre-printed postcard of a postal collage, the front was nothing in comparison to the back! Karen actually took the time to customize the piece with a bit o’ trash, referencing the piece I’d sent and letting me know she’d taken time to learn a bit about me. Way cool, Karen!

FeMail Karen Arp-Sandel II

Thomas Brown creates some fantastic rubber stamps and this is no exception! The colors aren’t quite true in this photo, but you get the idea. Thanks, Bhomas!

Thomas Brown Everywhere's a Here and There

Gail Anderson used a topographical map to create the envelope in which she sent this unusual collage piece. Layers of doodling, images and tape made this one pop! Thank you, Gail!

Gail Anderson

Last, but not least, Nancy Bell Scott is one of those folks from whom I long to get mail. Her pieces are few and far between, but when they arrive, they are always over-the-top! Check it out… this is the back of the envelope!

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She has been working on “glue-less collages” that are small in stature, large in detail. Her note (written on page 110 from an old copy of Louisa May Alcott’s ‘Little Women’) tells me “There IS tape.”

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‘Conduit’ is comprised of multiple layers creating rich texture. Thanks, Nancy!

Conduit NBS III

That’s all for now. I’ve got to get caught up on a few things before revealing any more!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

 

 

 

 

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ZALOP! Zalop: Illusory Correspondence Art Exhibit, Atlanta Georgia

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.

ZALOP by Cheryl Penn

What is it?

It is a mail art exhibit curated by Michael Orr and based on nothing in particular.

ZALOP!

How can this be?

It has to be about something!

No, not really….

ZALOP!

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.

ZALOP!

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.

ZALOP!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!