Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Heebee Post #770 - Lotro! (Lothar Trott) - Zurich - Switzerland

 The Mini-booklet edition Doku #8 has arrived from the fabulously eccentric Dada artist Lotro. I love these wonderful Fluxus updates on Lotro's ongoing project "A card is a card".  What I especially like is the superb mystique Lothar has created around the mail art character Eva Cola. A great wrangled concept by the veteran and well-known Mail Artist. 
Upon opening the little 10 page booklet, I was greeted with this solo collage effort by Lotro.  A glimpse of Pokuland , Lothar's created kingdom, where he reigns with a Dada-esque scepter and good natured sense of humor.  I was about to say "God bless the Lotro's of the world" when it suddenly occured to me that there very well not be any other Lotro's in the world. Glad I am your friend old boy!  
 Lotro's collection of other artists postcard contributions certainly displays an aura of merrymaking whimsy, as Lothar lures it out of the them.
 More of the various artists that participated in the "A card is a card" Doku.  Nice job everyone.
 Above you can spot some of my goofy work in the lower left hand corner. Lothar and I seem to share the same enthusiastic nuttiness for this sort of thing. Both of us are 'old school 'working in 'new School' (or something like that). It always seems new to me!
Here is the list of contributors for Lotro's terrific little artistbook.  Who the heck is Eva Cola anyway?
Finally, both sides of Lotro's organized with chaos decorated envelope. As a mail artist, you just have to love this old, but tireless,  fellow.  I know I do. Thank you very much dear Lotro. I'll be seeing you in the post very soon!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Heebee Post #769 - Torma Cauli - Budapest - Hungary

 It appears that this lovely lady has unpacked and is now ready for fun, as she poses in her comfort filled Heebee Jeebeeland suite. I love the fabulously stitched wallpaper adorning her inter-dimensional room - nice and homey! The colorful aura that envelopes her upper body must be a display of her good mood! Glad you are here my dear.  Nice card Cauli.
Cauli's mail art antics covers a wide spectrum, both visual and textural little works of the Postcard genre. His printing techniques are clever and entertaining as the above panel demonstrates nicely. Cauli, is another one of my faves of the realm. Check him out here: Torma Cauli Mail Art.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Heebee Post #768 - Roland Halbritter - Nuedlingen - Germany

 Roland's classy 'Mail Calls' are always a delicacy for the eyes and mind.  His current one, "Venus von Arheilgen" looks to be no exception.  What you are enjoying viewing in the above panel is a very high quality  edition of printed Artistamps that were created from the postcards sent to Roland for his Venus project. These lovely Artistamps serve wonderfully as documentation for that event. I am sure glad to have this fine work for my collection.
This is the original image of  the Venus that Roland has sent to Heebee Jeebeeland for my participation. Although the deadline for the showing has passed, these subsequent creations will be displayed here:     Venus Project 
 The following are Roland's instructions and details for the project:
The above is the reverse side of the Venus image postcard. It includes a happy hello from the well-known cultural historian and artist. I like the "Angel is watching you" Artistamps too!
The other half of the 'Docu' is equally a feast of art from artists around the Mail Art world. Great work everybody.
I was put into a terrific mood as I yanked this entertaining Mail Art packet from the smiling belly of my Post Box.  It has been a while since we have exchanged some art and I can't wait to get back to it with this uniquely sophisticated artist. Halbritter's outgoing Mail Art.  Thank you very much dear Roland. See you soon in the Post.

Heebee Post #767 - Fleur Helsingor - Oakland, California - USA

 It is always a pleasure to have Fleur visiting Heebee Jeebeeland with her entertaining 'receiver participation' mini-projects. This one arrived tucked nicely inside a clear plastic envelope, mystifying me as to it's carefully folded 'project prize' inside.
 Upon unfolding the neat little package, I was greeted with the instructions to "Your own World". At this point, I was intrigued (as usual) to find out just what the heck was inside. Fleur is talented in many ways regarding mail art and you just never can tell what is next with this delightful artist.
Behold! "My own world" unfolded and assembled.  Fleur is from my native Oakland and so I recognize the territory. I usually don't miss the S.F. Bay Area, but when she puts on one of these 'shows', I find myself longing a bit for the old stomping grounds. Wonderfully done dear Fleur, thank you very much! I guess I shall always love that area - See ya in the mail my friend.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Heebee Post #766 - Cheryl Penn - Durban - Kwa-Zulu Natal - South Africa

 The talented powerhouse, Cheryl Penn, returns to Heebee Jeebeeland with a glorious envelope packed with mail art fun. Her distinctive work is easy to identify with the warm and dark troubled colors and the nearly recognizable alien alphabet lettering - wrangling a concept that is just beyond our understanding.  Like a communique from another dimension.  The only explanation offered from this prodigious artist is the short note shown below.

 The above panel furthers her cryptic endeavor with this festive cyclone of color. This piece is actually a 6"x 4" postcard on glossy photo paper. Cheryl also manages to teach several mail art classes to the public - enriching her community with abstractual art comprehension. Great job!
 What you see here is a terrific ATC (Artist Trading Card) by the blonde wizard. I love the composition and technique of the 2 1/2" x  3 1/2" little masterpiece.
Both sides of the colorful envelope that held the beautiful works are displayed here, featuring several noteworthy appointments. First of all is the splendidly vibrant South African postage - few countries issue more colorful stamps than this one. Then there is, of course, the brilliant painted envelope itself. And then, the word "Gotij". Cheryl  loves to play with new words, as she and her friends invent them.  Unfortunately, this one is so new, I do not know it's meaning. I do know, however, the meaning of the other word shown, "Zalop", a well known word in the mail art world. It means, literally, nothing. A little Dada treat invented by mail art big wig,  Ruud Janssen of The Netherlands. Thank you Cheryl, love your stuff. See you in the post!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Heebee Post #765 - Servane Morel - Brussels - Belgium

 Ladies and Gentlemen, let me tell ya about some great news: Servane is back in the mail art business! This well known and beloved mail artist has been on some kind of hiatus for a long while, but now has returned to duty.  No doubt, much to the delight of her adoring colleagues of the genre and I am surely one of those. Here, in this great example of her splendid technique, she brings a "Specimen" to to live in Heebee Jeebeeland. A fine place for it my dear!
Wow, did this large 5" x 7" postcard make me smile broadly! I missed Servane dreadfully and I expect I was not alone by a long shot. I am ecstatic she is back in her good form, having renewed her interest in the art form she is so terrific in. She is the song of the morning light that shines on my post box!  Wanna see some killer imaginative mail art? Check her worthy site: Lettres D'Ailleurs.  Glad your back Servane, will send something soon to you.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Heebee Post #764 - Kerry Jeffrey, Postmaster - Cornelius, Oregon - USA

 This handsome homemade postcard is from none other than the Postmaster of the Cornelius, Oregon Post Office, Kerry Jeffrey.  If you had visited Heebee Jeebeeland during January 2010, you would have seen the posts where I had driven down to Oregon to see his postcard show that he presented to the astonished visitors at his Post Office's foyer. It was a beautiful thing and I have a very pleasant memory of the event - put on by an official Postmaster!
 The reason for this "Private Post Card" (nice) being sent is because of National Postcard Week in America.    I am enjoying this card very much - I spent some time just bathing in the memory of the day I visited him. It was very cool folks.
 This is a snap I took of a jovial Kerry while his popular display was up in Jan 2010.  He was nearly overwhelmed by the response to his mail call.
Finally, a commemorative card that I had made for the well received event. Thank you very much Kerry, your simple card made my day! See ya in the mail my friend!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Heebee Post #763 - RCBz - St. Clown, Minnesota - USA

 I must say, Roy sure likes to paint vice into a pretty picture. I recognize almost all of the characters shown in this delicious postcard, but I am rather amazed to see the blondie in the forefront. If I am not mistaken, she is from the old "Wicked Wanda" cartoon strip that appeared in Playboy magazine many, many years ago. Nice to see ya again Ma'am!
There are few who display as much digital prowess in the Mail Art biz as does Roy. Thank you very much for another cool achievement. And there are some stamps you don't see everyday as well. Great job. See ya in the mail old boy!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Heebee Post #762 - William L. Philyaw - Shawnee, Kansas - USA

 The nebulous world of William Philyaw is always a treat for the eyes and mind. Deliberately conjuring up a "Fashion Confuse-a-Tron" to render the imagination unsteady (and vulnerable?), his ingredients are always a happy family working together to create the delightfully unusual postcard visions he sends out to his mail art pals.  
 The reverse side of William's card, declaring it to be the original - entitled "Stitch".  That brilliant Russian postage stamp is pretty fab too!
As usual, William has adorned the translucent envelope with a grand assortment of vintage U.S. postage.  Thank you very much my old friend - Be seeing you soon in the post. Addressee - Philyaw Mail Art.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Heebee Post #761 - Arac - Huntsville, Alabama - USA

 Arac returns with another wicked dose of the Willies - a nefarious bunch of pipe-puffing inter-dimensional denizens with a penchant for the odd.
It seems, according to Arac, that the Willies are causing some troubles. Just wait until the Creeps get here next week! Nice card Arac, thank you very much. I'll be seeing you in the mail.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Heebee Post #760 - Joey Patrickt - Oakland, California - USA

 Joey Patrickt sends in this "Unusual fishy wallpaper, with skyline mayhem" postcard.  I am not surprised that  "Occupy Oakland" was a particularly ugly protest compared to the other "Occupy" cities. There is something inherent about Oakland and even the entire county, that makes people go kooky extreme in various social matters. I can say that because I was born in Oakland - I know.  Here, Joey shows the chaotic effect of life in the East Bay Area of No.California. And that Raiders sticker is, of course, a very shiny silver and black! 'Nuff said!
Nice to have Joey reporting in from dear old Oakland. I think we both agree that Oakland is a beautiful place, but can be fraught with problems and a challenge to live in.  One thing about Oakland is - Never a dull moment! Thank you very much Joey. See ya in the mail.