Monday Morning Mail Art Call: Kurt Schwitters

Do you have a favorite mail artist in history?

I do!

Can you guess who it might be?

If you’re creating, sending and receiving mail art, but have never looked into its history or its principal players of years gone by, this call might entice you to do so.

Boy, oh boy! I was so glad to see the English translation for this one! My high school German isn’t very sharp these days.

Look up Kurt and his collages… I promise you won’t be disappointed.

If you really like his style, like I do, maybe you’ll be inspired to create a piece for the call. You have plenty of time. Deadline is December 16, 2017.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

Monday Morning Mail Art Call: David Bowie

When David Bowie passed away I saw many artists take to their craft to mourn his loss and celebrate his life. Is it no wonder then, that he might be memorialized in a mail art call?

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Theme: David Bowie – the man, his music and his songs.

Technique/Media: All techniques e.g. drawing, painting, printmaking, photographs, collages, (visual) poems, graffiti etc.

Size/Format: Any size up to A4 preferred as easier to scan images but pieces larger than A4 also accepted.

Work number unlimited – No jury – No fee – No return

All works will be displayed here on the Positively Postal website – 

http://positivelypostal.com/david-bowie-mailart-call/

Racist, violent and pornographic artworks will not be exhibited.

Please include your full name, country, email and address.

Deadline: All participants who send in mailart to arrive before 30th June 2017 will be entered into a draw to win a David Bowie stamp presentation pack – one name will be picked at random. Mailart can however be sent in up until July 31st 2017.

Please send to:

Positively Postal
David Bowie Mailart
P.O. Box 477
Hounslow
U.K. TW3 9HD

The deadline is July 31, 2017, but I’m shooting for the early deadline of June 30, 2017, so I can be eligible for the David Bowie stamp presentation pack drawing. Otherwise, I confess, I’m gonna have to purchase those gorgeous stamps!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

 

Monday Morning Mail Art Call: ROCO Tenth Annual 6×6

Welcome to the return to the Monday Morning Mail Art Call posts.

This week, I present to you a quick deadline for the upcoming Tenth Annual Rochester Contemporary Art Center’s small art phenomenon 6×6. All entries must be received by April 16th!

There are a few reasons that I like this call. First, the size! It’s not often that mail artists work in squares, 6×6 is a fun size, even though it will cost a bit more to mail. I also like that this is an exhibit and sale to benefit contemporary art programming. I don’t live in Rochester, New York, but that I might contribute to their programming from where I live is appealing to me. I also like the way this sale is executed. The works are anonymous, signed only on the back, so folks are buying for the art, not who made it. You sign and include identifying info. on the back. All pieces are priced at $20 no matter whether it was created by an elementary student or a person of some fame. I always have loved a good mystery!

Submit a 6×6 art piece, any medium, signed on the back only, for exhibit and sale to benefit RoCo. “All proceeds benefit Rochester Contemporary Art Center. This is a fun initiative that brings together a diverse group of people. It is also an important fundraiser that enables thoughtful contemporary art programming.”

You can find all of the juicy details and entry form here: http://www.roco6x6.org/6x6x2017_2pages.pdf and here: http://www.roco6x6.org/6x6x2017_intro.php Also find the event on fb here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1905564533009771/

For those of you who will wish to send your piece as organic mail art, (naked, without benefit of an envelope) my suggestion is to shrink the entry form and glue it to the lower left hand corner of the piece, leaving space to address and post.

Go make art!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

 

Monday Morning Mail Art Call: A Special Request

This Monday Morning Mail Art Call is a special request from Michael Orr, aka: Pone in the mail art world. Read on for details….

I have a very close friend who is about to pass. She has pancreatic cancer. I think she may have a few months left to go. She has always been supportive of my art and has shown a special interest in mail art in particular. She doesn’t participate, but has always been thrilled when I’ve sent her stuff in the past.

If any of you feel like sending something her way I would be very grateful.

Thanks everyone. Miss y’all.

Please send To: Cynthia Montoya
1383 Scott Blvd
Decatur GA 30030

If you’ve been looking for some small way to spread love, send joy, or express kindness send a piece of mail art to Cynthia.

On a personal note: I am taking a break from the blog until after the holidays. The MMMAC posts will return on Monday, January 9th.

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

 

 

Monday Morning Mail Art Call: Time and Clocks

This morning’s post is a quick one, but not without merit. A domestic mailing to break up the international calls I’ve been posting of late.

It is no wonder that this call caught my attention. I have been enthralled with time pieces ever since I can remember. The collage piece seen here was the first in a mail art series by yours truly, entitled False Faces. It went to France, I believe, back in 2012.

False Faces Front Sent to Val 2012

Theme: Time and Clocks

Comment: Anything that has to do with time and clocks

Info: Prefered size: 210x148cm or 148x105cm (postcard). Any medium, any technique. No returns.

Deadline: March 31, 2017

Send To:

Sequoia High School – ATTN: Mrs. Szydlowski – 1201 Brewster Ave. – Redwood City, CA 94062  USA

Thank you so much,

Megumi Swarthout

Lots of time left on this one… enough that you could wait to attend to it until after the holidays if you wish, but please do put this one on your calendar. Let’s show the students of the Sequoia High School some support in their endeavor.

It is unclear as to whether there will be an exhibition, but the deadline suggests there may be something in the works to coordinate with a spring art show. If I get any more info. I will update the post. In the meantime, I hope that someone involved with the project will see this blog post and comment accordingly.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

 

Monday Morning Mail Art Call: FeMail-XX Project

My sincere apologies to those who look forward to the MMMAC posts on Monday mornings. I have been overwhelmed the last several weeks and dropped the ball.

This week, I am attempting to return to our regularly scheduled programming.

A very dear mail art cohort, Sinclair Scripa, has taken a leap and ventured out into the wide world of specialized mail art projects. She has not seen the response she had hoped for and needs a boost. As I deem it a worthy pursuit, I am bringing you the details in hopes that you will help to make this project a success! Thanks in advance!

***Please note that the work submitted for this call will be featured at least TWO EXHIBITIONS beginning in August 2017.

http://femailxxproject.wixsite.com/femailxxproject/art-calls

Deadline: July 1, 2017 And since we’ve got so much time, you could submit multiple times! Spread the word!

A brief word about the project from the project coordinator, Sinclair Scripa: “I make poems and things from the anagrammatical use of the word WASTE. Women Art Scientist came from that. By Women Art Scientist,  I mean to say that we are women, using art in conceptual/non-commodified art practices as a scientific process to encounter the existential and to explore truth, reality and life’s mysteries. We are Women Art Scientists involved in a process of exploration, whose explorations leave documentations or evidence.”

Details as promised:

FeMail-XX Project photo

“PLEASE SEND MAIL ART!
#FeMailXXProject‘s First Art Call
Women Art Scientist’s Testament ExplorationsART CALL REQUIREMENTS1. POST-CARDS ONLY or Stapled Fold-Outs (w/ stamps&address on opposite side) tryptychs are optimal. Any size or media.
2. ORIGINAL WORK of: thoughtful interpretation of an actual FeMail-XX-Artist (past, or present), accessible to the viewer.
3. VISIBLY WRITE “WomenArtScientistTestamentExploration” on the art-work, AND “your last name-XX ” (ex: Scripa-XX ).
4. ADDRESS and send via mail-post to: “FeMailXX-Call1 ” WomenArtScientistTestamentExploration”; #803 TownFarmRoad;
….Ludlow, Vermont; USA #05149
5. SEND NO LATER THAN: July 1st, 2017.
6. SEE YOUR DOCUMENTATION AT: http://femailxxproject.wix.com/femailxxproject & facebook@femailxxproject
7. SUBSCRIBE & SURVEYS AT: http://femailxxproject.wix.com/femailxxproject Email: femailxxproject@gmail.com

NO REJECTIONS -NO RETURNS / ONLINE DOCUMENTATION/ 2Shows2017: CastletonUniversity Vt- Oct + SVAC Gallery VT -Aug

‎*FeMailXX Project is an art initiative and ongoing project designed to promote the work(s) of FeMail-XX Art(ists) Globally; especially women that are presently working in conceptual-visual-art domains which include but are not limited to: postdada, postfluxus, interMEDIAperformance, imMEDIAte-networked and postal-correspondence. The project will make active art calls to living contemporary artists that intends to look anew at the FeMailXX artists of the past as well as relooking at the FemailXx Condition of the present. Art work that is sent into the calls will become part of an ever growing body of INTENTIONAL-XX work and as such will continue to be shown in various formats in Universities, museums, galleries and alternative spaces… each time making a larger impact and reaching a bigger audience. The Projects Mission to Promote FeMailXX Art(ists) will XXplore, XXhume, XXamine, XXpose, XXhibit and XXpound XX artists and work(s) will be done not only via exhibition-representation, but also via research and writting that will be conducted primarily through participation in Surveys, Questionaires, Interviews and Documentation gathered from willing XX participants on the FeMail-XX Project WixSite http://femailxxproject.wix.com/femailxxproject .
Please become a subscriber and active participant there. Your information and documentation will lead to analysis and dissertation, journal articles, publicity and bigger and better venues for shows & recognition. Please Support This Effort!”

If you have any questions about your entry or the project, you can email the project coordinator at femailxxproject@gmail.com
Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

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!