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!

 

 

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: 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: Visions of Europe

Happy Monday Morning!

Lately, we have seen a Europe that has been wreaked with havoc and plagued with terrorism. Where do your thoughts roam when you think of Europe? That’s what the mail art call, Visions of Europe, wants to know. There is no deadline listed in the info, so the sooner the better, I think.

This week’s bonus will probably grab those of you who like to create ATCs… Dame Mailarta doesn’t disappoint, I assure you. Have fun with it!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

Monday Morning Mail Art Call: Pubs and Alcohol

A few months ago, I came across a mail art call issued by Stories From The Pub: https://publichousestories.wordpress.com/2015/07/13/pubs-and-alcohol-themed-mail-art-exhibit/

The Pubs and Alcohol call is open-ended, which can be good and bad. I prefer a deadline, as it forces me to get something out. No deadline gives more breathing room, but I tend to forget about an open-ended call because there’s no urgency. How do you feel? Do you prefer a deadline?

Here are the details for the Pubs and Alchohol call:

I would like to announce the commencement of my very own Mail Art exhibit. Starting now, and ongoing indefinitely, I will post photos or scanned images onto my blog of any Mail Art that is sent to me provided that it relates to the theme of “Pubs and Alcohol”. This could be a postcard made from a collage of beer labels, a poem written about vineyards, entertaining tastings notes, or a drawing of a pub on an envelope. The possibilities are endless! Those who send me art can expect a suitable response.

My mailing address is:

Stories From The Pub
7770 McLennan Road
Vernon BC
V1B 3S7
Canada

It reminded me of a similar call for an exhibit a year or so ago by Fleur Helsingor of Oakland, California. Back then, the Pennsylvania Flavor Beer Mat Mobile was my contribution. I used mats with local Pennsylvania/Pittsburgh flavor and sent it in a festive Black and Gold decorated envie.

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Pennsylvania Flavor Beer Mat Mobile – LKR 2015

Here’s hoping that your favorite adult beverage inspires you to participate….

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

 

Monday Morning Mail Art Call: Again but Not the Same

Hands down, this is the best mail art call out there if you are seeking printed documentation of participation. Eberhard Janke creates a full-color catalog of the work of all participants that rivals any museum or auction house catalog.

It has been my pleasure to participate in several of the Edition Janus calls and I am always delighted to receive the catalog, to view all of the entries received from around the globe.

The theme for the Edition Janus calls are always intriguing. White Shadows was one of my favorites. This time, it’s Again but Not the Same. Duplicity and yet, not. My brain is already mulling ideas over for this one. I hope you’ll be inspired to submit… I’ll look for you in the catalog!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!