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Last week, we sent out a global call for mail art, and since we broadcast our request we’ve been receiving works from across the country — nothing international yet, but that may simply be because, well, snail mail ain’t that fast.
As promised, we’ll be bringing you some of the best of what we’ve received and in this, our inaugural edition of the newly minted Mail Art Bulletin, we have a work by Vermont-based outfit, Wreck & Salvage, and their website explains that:
The sources W&S draw from are as varied as the internet: corporate news and commercials, internet memes, ephemeral daytime television, propaganda, archive footage, and plenty of amateur video, be from YouTube kids or soldiers serving in Iraq … W&S edits all this footage to look for ways to make it useful, either politically, socially, artistically, or all of the above.
Just so you guys know, you had me at “memes.” If you want to know more of these mail artists, check out their site, which has a blog, free wares (desktop wallpaper, for instance), store (mugs, glasses, matches) and a bunch of other stuff.
The rather hunky trio’s mail art style is a healthy cocktail of 19th C. American graphic design and 1960s conceptualism. I like.