Sunday, October 31, 2010

Heebee Post #441 - Dmitry Babenko - Krasnodar - Russia

Dmitry drops by the Affair with this magnificent Fluxus 'glyph'. It is large (A4) and has a great Dada nobility to it. The construction is of a robust masonry nature and is almost like a section of mysterious ancient wall. This is a fantastic work by the veteran Mail Artist. I absolutely love this piece and I shall mount it above my Art desk. It is exquisite. Bravo!
The very large envelope arrived completely without any bending! This alone is astonishing. Great job Postal people! And thank you very much for this wonderful Fluxus Affair submission Dmitry. I wish you folks could see this piece in person - it really takes you away! Something special for you in the mail soon Dmitry!

Heebee Post #440 - Carmelleta NP - Portland, Oregon - USA

Every time I look at these characters, I have to smile. Who is having more fun than these guys? Carmelleta visits the Affair with this fun and happy times postcard. Nice outfits fellas!
I had just met Carmeletta at the IUOMA site and noted that she is the owner of a super bead store "Beads Forever" in Portland - on Hawthorne (one of my favorite streets) no less. I will definitely be visiting that place in the future. Thank you very much Carmeletta - great to be friends!

Heebee Post #439 - Truman Bently Jr. - Columbus, Georgia - USA

Truman enters the Affair with this lively decorated envelope that held 3 pages of his meandering Fluxus newsletter. This certainly is an entertaining envelope and both sides are shown here.
Seen above is page #1 of Truman's manic Newsletter. This is just packed with harangue that touches on just about everything. You can click on it to have a roller coaster read - fasten your seatbelt! Thank you Truman.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Heebee Post #438 - Stan Askew - Pasadena, California - USA

Stan shows up on the Affair with this 'distressed to the point of distraction' Dada Bunny card. The 'Eight Man' strikes again with this Johnson-esque bunny dissolvement. The quality of postcard crafting is very high with Stan. And this one is a beauty!
Nice to see Stan back return with such an Obscuro-a-go-go submission. This card is thick with a nice heft to it. Thank you very much old friend. You can find more about this artist's work here: Askewphoto.

Heebee Post #437 - Kiera Pannell - Montreal, Quebec - Canada

"The Earth has received the embrace of the Sun and we shall see the results of that love". Words spoken in earnest by the last Sioux Indian to surrender to the U.S. Government. He was a Medicine Man and Chief of the Sioux Nation - Is he remembered for being a 'good Indian'? Nice work Kiera.
Kiera has sent in Mail Art from different locations around the world. This postcard comes from Canada as she writes that she has relocated there from the UK into "A house that rains on the inside". Stay warm dear girl. Thank you very much - I'll be sending a house warming card very soon. She also has a Mail call regarding culture and language - it is here: This is Art.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Heebee Post #436 - Lorraine Kwan - Vancouver, British Columbia - Canada

Lorraine appears on the Affair with her wonderful sense of humor shining brightly. Who says Mail Art isn't 'Rocket Science'? "Romancing the Missile" is very cool and so are you Ms. Kwan! Nice to find Lorraine 'blasting off' on the Affair. I love the spirit of the lovely "Miss Bomb". I didn't realize the 'Cold War' was so sexy. Find out more about Lorraine's artworld antics here: Fashion / Paper and Postage. Thank you very much Lorraine - there is something fun on it's way to you.

Heebee Post #435 - PC (Tic Tac) - Starnburg - Germany

I have had this exquisite little art booklet from Patrizia for nearly two weeks, but until now, no battery for the camera. This is a remarkable little 3-d cover zine "Once in a Red Moon". Although PC packaged it very thoughtfully, it still required a bit of unbending by it's new owner.
Some of the great pages found inside. This little booklet has a happy aura to it as does it's creator PC. She is definitely one of the nicest and clever Mail Artists and a pleasure to know - and her art is fabulous!
Glad you are here, on the Affair PC. I enjoyed that little zine very much. I'm still working on something to send for her Mail Art Call: "Message in Bottle". I'll solve what to send very soon my friend. Thank you very much and see you in the mail!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Heebee Post #434 - William L. Philyaw - Shawnee, Kansas - USA

It is customary for William to concoct a annual Halloween card and this is the current one. Fantastic! He requested that I make one as well for exhibition on his Mail Art site Addressee. Mine is on the way there. To view the archive of glorious past seasons, check here: Philyaw October Parade. These are superb works that capture the proper surreal feeling of Halloween. Love this William - Thank you very much!

Heebee Post #433 - Art Tower (Gunter Schwind) - Aschaffenburg - Germany

My cousin Arty is back on the Affair and poses this odd little Fluxian conundrum on us.
I am always very happy to find Gunter's postcards in the post box. He is a good friend and a great co-conspirator for a wacky fun time. We have flown a few missions together and, hopefully, we shall meet up again here in December if Gunter is able to take a vacation. Keepin' my fingers crossed old man! Thank you very much and see you in the mail very soon. Art Tower's Mail Art site.

Heebee Post #432 - Eduardo ZenDada Cardoso - Sines - Portugal

Eddie's visit to the Affair is replete with 'Fluxus Heiroglyphics' in the piece above. We don't call him 'ZenDada' Cardoso for nothing folks. Great Dada appeal here Eddie. A wonderful 'Affair' submission.
This jubilant fellow is soaring on the wings of optimism and it feels good just to just gaze at him. I really would like to follow him along for a bit just to bathe in those good vibes for a short while.
Nice to have Eduardo back on the Affair. I am really liking that artistamp in the upper right corner. Sweet! Eddie can be found in his Paranormal Mail Art laboratory - conducting various Mail Art experiments. Thank you very much my friend - great to have you here (as usual)!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Heebee Post #431 - Carroll Woods - Menlo Park, California - USA

A question that is no doubt often wondered by many in the Mail Art / Fluxus world. Carroll reveals an answer to this cryptic Fluxation: Ghost Roosters on Venus! Learn something valuable everyday, here at the Affair. Great card!
Carroll is an outstanding postcard maker and I love the happy adventurous feel she seems to put into her work. Very nice to have her attend the Affair with such a terrific submission. Thank you very much for the Card and the friendly words. Check out some more of her super postcards. Dumpster Divers Anonymous. Yes, she is a first rate dumpster diver folks!

Heebee Post #430 - Richart (Richard Tracy) - Centralia, Washington - USA

The above card was sent into the Affair by my incredible friend and neighbor that lives about 150 yards away from me. Richart is a local celebrity and maintains an 'Art Yard' which is about an acre in size and surrounds his entire home. He is a very prolific sculptural artist and painter and has many visitors everyday. We are very close friends and sometimes pull off interesting 'art stunts' together.
This is a card that I made in 2009 for the 4th Dimension Territories Project. That is Richart seen here with one of his many creations of which his enormous yard is inhabited with. He is unique and lovable and I'm sure glad I got to show him off here, on the Affair. Thank you very much my old friend. Anybody a little more curious about this unusual artist? Check here: RichArt's Art Yard. If you visit him - tell him Test Tower sent you - and get the royal tour!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Heebee Post #429 - Katerina Nikoltsou - Thessaloniki - Greece

Katerina's latest visit to the Affair uses Fluxus visions of the 1957 classic "An Affair to Remember". This happens to be one of my favorite films. It does not get any more romantic than the heart wrenching ending of this marvelous and enduring tale. Great card!
Lovely Deborah Kerr and Cary Grant Fluxusized into another splendid card! Katerina sure got the romantic and intriguing spirit of the Affair right with this pair of beauties!
The Affair is very happy to have her back and Katerina included a wonderful note with the art. Thank you very much my dear, your thoughts are appreciated. Love these cards!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Heebee Post #428 - Serse Luigetti - Perugia - Italy

The Fluxus Affair Yacht Club? Or are they the Mail Art Academy fight flags? Serse's postcard is actually of a set of Artistamps. Nice card my friend.
Serse writes a little thank you for the recent 4th Dimension Territories project documentation. I should take a moment here to explain that I have only sent out about 120 of the 155 needed for each artist that participated. So, if you haven't received your copy yet, you shall soon. Thank you Serse for the academy fight flag card. And remember folks, "Fight, fight, fight for Mail Art"!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Heebee Post #427 - Bifidus Jones - St. Paul, Minnesota - USA

A cosmic Fluxus Affair, enriched with weirdness - a beautiful thing! I remember Todd Rundgren singing "Love between the ugly - is the most beautiful love of all". What a great card!
Bifidus can sure make a super postcard and to add this to the Affair is a very pleasant duty. Always superb work! Nice to see you here old boy! And I am certainly liking the great vintage postage as well. Thank you very much! Check his IUOMA page for more of this interesting artists work.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Heebee Post #426 - Roland Halbritter - Nuedlingen - Germany

Roland visits the Affair with this superb little Artistbook documenting his "Art Carree" mail art project. Roland has assembled a modular composition on the page to the left and the corresponding artists pick all or one of the panels to reassemble in their own style on the right. In the above case, the distinctive style of guest artist Fraenz Frisch (Luxembourg). Nice job Fraenz!
The unassuming cover for the little Doc-Zine "Kunst"? ("Art"?) 14 Artists from around the world - all are quite good - some brilliant (see Spathi's below). Although the little artistbook is rather small, it does give a lovely glimpse of what must have been a very enjoyable exhibition.
Litsa Spathi's work (Netherlands) always takes me by surprise. I love her Fluxus Poetry approach and she is beginning to influence my work. Great stuff!
Here, Roland hosts the lively guest artist Servane Morel (Belgium). This one is just bursting with glee! Nice interpretation Servane. Gorgeous!
Also included in the envelope were these cool Johnson-esque Bunny Artiststamps.
Thanks very much for the Documentation Artistbook Roland - I enjoyed it very much. I'm sure everyone who saw that exhibition in Schweinfurt must have seen a good show. Life size, these must have been a knockout! Glad to have you on the Affair. You can visit Roland's Mail Art Gallery or check out the experimental "The Pink Correspondent School" (Angela Behrendt and Roland Halbritter). Looks like a gas! See you in the mail Mr. Halbritter.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Heebee Post #425 - Cheryl Penn - Durban, Kwazulu Natal - South Africa

Cheryl checks into the Affair with this lip smackin' twin trolloped ensemble that appears, by the appearance of the signatures, to be a group effort? An alluring Fluxus Affair submission!
This is a spectacular unfolding collaged card, nicely constructed, nebulously ambiguous and asking some tough Fluxus questions. I am loving this card
Cheryl's soulful and sensuous answer to tough Fluxus questions. One thing is certain, Fluxus life is uncertain!
Welcome to the Affair Cheryl - or as she puts it "Fluxus Isle". Sweet. Your work is fun and conundrumish. I really am enjoying those eye-poppingly cool South African postage stamps as well. You can check out more of this busy artist's work here. Cheryl Penn's Artistbooks. Thank you very much my friend - see you in the mail very soon.

Heebee Post #424 - Torma Cauli - Budapest - Hungary

It's great to see Cauli on the Affair. A lovely supreme Dada world where lovers dash in the surf beneath a dark cliff. A seaside Fluxus Affair? Love that imagery!
Cauli, if I am not mistaken, was given that nickname by none other than veteran Belgian Mail Artist 'Frips'. It is always an immense delight to have him here, on the Affair. Thank you Cauli! He has his Mail Art magic going on here: Torma Cauli Mail Art.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Heebee Post #423 - Deborah Davidson (Dosankodebbie) - Toyohira-ku, Sapporo - Japan

Cow-Bees and Indians? No, just Cow-Bees heavy buzzing 'round a Peony. Dosankodebbie's beautiful Etegami laminated card is a humorous observation of nature. She is really perfecting her art and I am a huge fan of her work. These Etegami 'observations' are relevant to daily life and austere and invariably possess a happy and kind spirit that displays her love for the 'little things'. They are great. What is a Peony? A flowering plant native to Asia.
I am really delighted to have Dosankodebbie on the Affair. Always pleasant with a witty perception of our surroundings - she is a favorite here. Thank you very much Deb. Want more Etegami? It's right here: Dosankodebbie's Etegami Notebook and Mail Art Gallery.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Heebee Post #422 - Ross Priddle (Bentspoon) - Calgary, Alberta - Canada

Ross's new visit to the Affair includes this poignant little booklet "Mail Art's Eternal Network" (2001). There are many submissions from various artists, but the main deal here is Vittorre Baroni's brilliant take on what makes Mail Art tick. A fascinating effort, edited and produced by none other than the Sticker Dude (Joel Cohen). What you see above is the cover. I have always loved the term "The Eternal Network" for Active Mail Artists.
This is the reverse cover and includes a synopsis of what occurs within. This fine publication may be nearly 10 years old, but it remains a very smart treatise on the disposition of the genre. Well done fellas!An 'Add & pass' with just Ross and myself so far. This one will be back in the mail very soon.- on to the next person. This is the cover for "GAR" #60 - a little zine-ish publication by Bentspoon (Ross). This one includes Litsa Spathi, Cascadia Artpost (cover) and Ross himself.
You can see Ross's rubber stamped image here saying "Calgary DX Club". He was intrigued by my collection of "DX" and "QSL" rubber stamps from all over the world - I have many - (see Post #391). These handsome rubber stamps are from the 50's 60's and 70's and were used by Ham radio operators around the globe. Art Tower was visiting from Germany last year when he and myself (the two Towers) found these in the attic of an obscure antique store. Thank you very much Ross - that Eternal Network booklet is very cool - very glad to have it. I suppose a salute to Barorni and the Sticker Dude is in order as well. You can read all about Ross's Mail Art and Fluxus antics here: Bentspoon.