Postcards are the tweets of the mail art world. Since we first transmitted our general call for submissions to the Mail Art Bulletin, we’ve received dozens of postcards. Today, we’re publishing 11 examples from eight artists from as far afield as Belgium, Canada, Uruguay and a number US states (California, New Hampshire, New York, Washington).
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Mail Art Bulletin: Following the Bread Crumbs
The latest contribution to the Mail Art Bulletin comes from A Trail of Bread Crumbs, which I know as a tumblelog. Getting to know someone through an online publication is a strange thing. Even if there are moments of revelation about the person behind the posts, there is a distance that you can never fully surmount, like looking at objects through a vitrine — you are conscious of the distance.
Mail Art Bulletin: Box Full of Surprises
Today’s addition exemplifies the free-for-all nature of mail art. Inside this cardboard box we discovered the work of artist Mira Gerard and her “Combined Media” class at East Tennessee State University. Needless to say, we couldn’t wait to crack it open.
Mail Art Bulletin: Tic Tac Toe Sculpture
William Evertson created one of the most surprising packages we’ve received for the Mail Art Bulletin. His padded envelope covered with grids and stamps of all kinds, including one that read “Will Work for Food” and another of our Hyperallergic “H” logo, arrived bulging and begging us to open it.
Mail Art Bulletin: An Offer You Can’t Refuse
Samantha Beverly (aka @kalofos) has created the funniest example of mail art that has arrived at Hyperallergic HQ yet. In her contribution to the Mail Art Bulletin, Beverly has transformed the greatest piece of contemporary spam — the West African email scam — into a hand-drawn scroll complete with crest and tassled string.
Mail Art Bulletin: Dropping In
This anonymous work — the first we’ve received — is the most digital image, and informed by digital aesthetics, we’ve received. While most mail art lends itself to a handmade and analog quality, here the artist has gone to the other extreme and sent us a digital print on photo paper with no indication of context.
Mail Art Bulletin: Fear of Flying
Lynn Aquaheart of Conway, Arkansas, mailed us a a small canvas in an envelope covered with objects (and an animal) that fly. Inside was a small canvas painted light blue and covered with an inspiring message. We’re not sure if she meant it as a slogan for art in general or a commentary on mail art specifically, we’re guessing the latter.
Mail Art Bulletin: Layers of Discovery
Since we sent out a request for mail art, we’ve received 27 mail art submissions from five countries (Belgium, Canada, Spain, the United States and Uruguay) and nine US states (Arkansas, California, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas and Vermont). The work we’re featuring today gives you an inkling at how layered and mysterious the medium of Mail Art can be. Stuffed with a zine, faux currency, postcards, “stamps,” random ephemera and a personal note addressed to Hyperallergic, the latest edition of the Mail Art Bulletin is from Larry Angelo of Manhattan.
Mail Art Bulletin: Message in a Plastic Bottle
Today, we received a message in a plastic bottle from Pennsylvania-based artist Deidra Krieger. Labeled with a neon-colored sticker with the word “PLAY”, the bottle was covered with handwritten messages on the surface, including “EMPTY POSTconsumer FANTASTIC PLASTIC” near the mouth of the bottle and “MAIL ART” all around. Inside, were 10 “play” stickers and a “Certificate of Authenticity.” Ours was numbered 004.
Mail Art Bulletin: An Enveloped-sized Pittsburgh House
Tim McCool let us know that when he saw this building in his hometown of Pittsburgh he thought it would be a perfect fit for a standard envelope … and mail art.
Mail Art Bulletin: Sex & Skulls from Iowa
Mary Rork-Watson is the creator of the newest work to be featured on the Mail Art Bulletin. The Iowa-based artist explains on her website that her work is about: “Revisioning the lost, discarded and ordinary into original works of art.”
Mail Art Bulletin: Wreck & Salvage from Vermont
As promised, today we inaugurate the first edition of our newly minted Mail Art Bulletin, catchy, ain’t it? And we start with this work from a rather
hunky talented Vermont-based trio, Wreck & Salvage.