Saturday, June 30, 2012

Heebee Post #788 - Wolfgang Skodd - Dortmund - Germany

Wolf's postcard takes us back to the heady days of 1938 Munich. The Odeon Casino filled with colorful merrymakers that knew how to have a good time and were not shy about demonstrating their party talents during the Carneval there.
The reverse side of the festive card features one of Dortmund's better products - mouth watering Kronens! I wonder if they are popular in the Banana Underground?  Thank you very much Herr Skodd - I love the abandoned revelry of the card - it seems to beckon somehow. Kind of like Heebee Jeebeeland does!  See you in the mail Wolf.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Heebee Post #787 - Stan Askew - Pasadena, California - USA

 I couldn't wait to open the thick envelope I received this morning from the well-liked Mail Artist Stan Askew. The above was the first item to greet my anxious eyes. I am loving these 'Sleeping Ferns' from the Heebee Jeebee Jungle floor. Beautiful and yet deadly when disturbed! Great postcard!
 This card is more of the Askew traditional style.  I share Stan's affinity towards odd vintage photos and this one, circa 1944, with the American G.I. and family, is terrific - even though the surrounding landscape appears so forlorn - adding to the curious 'feel' of  the composition.
 Stan knows that I am a huge fan of vintage linen postcards and likes to add to my collection of them. These two are both produced by the fabulous "C.T. Art - Colortone" company, circa 1939. I am fascinated by the old school printing techniques. They are gorgeous.
 The majestic RCA building (top) in NYC looking magnificent in all it's splendor.  Published by Alfred Mainzer Co., circa 1938 - non linen.  The bottom card, luxuriously printed by the Ashville Postcard Co.on linen stock, is a prime example of printing technology in 1939. An incredible card.
 Stan also included this unusual vintage game card - which, at first, I didn't understand.  As you can see, I finally did solve the strange puzzle. Who knew?
Drawing this packet of fun out of my mailbox sure was a delightful chore this morning. Thank you very much Stan. Be seeing you in the mail old boy! Photo Askew.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Heebee Post #786 - Joey Patrickt - Oakland, California - USA

 "Joey was here"!  Yes, actually here, in Centralia and the above card proves it!  I can see the Oly Club on the right and yes, I have have had a lot of fun and revelry, many times,  inside those classy, antique walls.  I gladly would have bought Joey a beer in exchange for a bit of conversation with another mail artist. But alas......
On the reverse side,  Joey likens himself to the mysterious American WWII soldier who drew his face everywhere in the Pacific and European theaters with the caption "Kilroy was here".  I like Joey - He is a frequent flyer here in Heebee Jeebeeland and he lives in the town I was born in.  I sure would have loved to blab for a while, would have been a gas!  Thank you very much Joey,  very interesting card my friend. See ya in the mail!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Heebee Post #785 - Charline Wilson - Kanagawa Prefecture - Japan

 I was quite delighted to discover Charline's Etegami postcard in today's post. Charline and her husband Jeff are friends of mine from here in Washington, that have relocated to Japan.  She has become enamored with the art of Etegami with the guidance of  "a local group" and non other than the Doctor of Mail Art Etegami herself, Dosankodebbie.  Since Charline and Jeff  have lived in Western Washington, she knows it is quite rainy here in June - Hence, her "Rain drops are falling" card, is appropriate (ugh!).  I'm so happy you sent this mail art to me - made my day! I miss you guys.
I'll be sending something off to you both straight away. I had no idea you were now in the fascinating Japan. Thank you very much and I shall be seeing you in the mail my good friends!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Heebee Post #784 - Sky City (Lord Fugue) - Hickory, North Carolina - USA

 I was happily greeted by a clever looking Ray Johnson upon this mornings stroll to the post box. A Fluxus study in artistical range of motion?  It's always tough to say exactly what Ray is doing, although a lot of fun is had speculating about his unusual antics. This snap, circa 1967, taken in his apartment on Suffolk St. in NYC.  I also like the way Lord Fugue has him conjuring my destination address.
Nice to have Sky City back reveling in Heebee Jeebeeland with this entertaining card. I like the "Suddenly I'm floating" H.P. Lovecraft-ish skull and candle as well as the old Time Magazine cover of the 'Dark Host with the wicked most', Darth-o agogo!  Thanks for the cool card Fugue. Be seeing you in the mail quite soon!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Heebee Post #783 - Arac - Huntsville, Alabama - USA

 This "Fluxus Lip Service" card arrived  from Arac this mail art morning and features the U.K.'s  former Iron Lady, evidently being held up at gunpoint. And get a load of that crazy remote controlled lipstick applicator. Nice.
This lovely trio, lips adorned thickly in red, are declaring that "We love the Heebee Red"! I'll go along with that puzzling notion (red is my favorite color).  Meanwhile, the head in the lower right is putting on a not so pretty demonstration of something red-lipped and ungodly! A cool and curious card from the hipster lady who runs the Hippy Dippy mail call. Thank you very much Miss Arac.  I have something I'm sending in the next day or so for you. See ya in the mail.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Heebee Post #782 - Lotro Poku (Lothar Trott) - Zurich - Switzerland

 "Big Mail Art Boom Boom".  I have to say that to me, this is insanely funny. Lotro returns in full glory with an entertaining little artist folded booklet of panels using tape as hinges. The panel above is the booklet's cover and it is brilliant!  Notice the face is "Poku".  Lothar's "Pokuland" is rather similar, in my estimation, to Heebee Jeebeeland as they are both Mail Art kingdoms of the mind. I just cannot look at this panel and not smile!
 The wrapper that held the artist booklet is intriguing by itself. Lothar goes 'Pop Dada' with this bit.
 Another of the panels declaring much 'more Poku'. I like the "Poku OK" just below the bare chest. Lothar's sense of humor is a gas!
 The reverse side of two panels is another cryptic note by the long time artist. As you can see, quite interesting, but tough to understand. I do think I get the gist though- Thanks Lothar.
As the years have gone by, I have grown more and more to really enjoy Lothar's special brand of  Mail Art. He is completely unique and full of passion for the genre and I find it to be quite 'catchy'.  Thank you very much Lotro and be seeing you in the Post Box (I'm mailing tomorrow for you).

Friday, June 22, 2012

Heebee Post #781 - Dopesick SF - Plymouth, Massachusetts - USA

 Dopesick SF returns to the 4th Dimension with a double shot of his odd brand of postcards. The first one, above, is a lost and forsaken remnant of somebody's childhood that is now existing in quiet solitude.  At least that's the feeling I get looking at it.  But I get that feeling a lot for some reason. Heebee Jeebeeland is a sensitive place.  
I can only wonder what the heck is going on here.  Looks like some kind of 'monkey business', although I don't quite get it. I have to admit, it is a little bit creepy in some odd manner. Anyway, thank you DS - I'll be seeing you in the mail old boy!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Heebee Post #780 - Theo Nelson - ? - Canada

 Theo Nelson really timed this nicely for the first day of summer. His eloquent words capture the odd sensation of a summertime storm nearing from the horizon. See below.
 What a fantastic postcard.  I really enjoy creations that are dedicated to a season and consequently leave you dwelling in a more 'Earthy' world as you meditate on it's relationship to you.  But, as much as I like this card, there is no way for me to respond to the artist because of the utter absence of a return address. Ah,  well.  If you are reading this Theo, please email me that info so that I might reciprocate accordingly.  Thank you very much - great work!  Theo's website: Whimsy and Colour. (No address there either!).

Monday, June 18, 2012

Heebee Post #779 - Katerina Nikoltsou - Thessaloniki - Greece

 Katerina returns to the 4th Dimension with her "UFOs incoming to Heebee Jeebeeland" card.  I must note here that the "UFOs" are landing on the thick and soft Grecian blue grass, that was brought here exclusively by Katerina in her many previous mailings.  I hope the UFOs touched down without harm, since they are  looking remarkably tasty!
 The other side of the card sports a very nice note from Katerina. To answer her, yes, I am feeling better these days (long story) and yes, I strongly suspect that a "Summer Fluxus" shall be on it's way to Greece within a day or so.
Katerina always adorns her envelopes with an assortment of interesting rubber stampings. I like the new "Blue Space' one. Perfect for that Greek Grass she often includes in her work. Thank you very much my dear, for the mail art and the friendly note.  Be seeing you in the mail!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Heebee Post #778 - Sky City (Lord Fugue) - Hickory, North Carolina - USA

 More than a little bit of merrymaking is taking place on this postcard from Sky City. Something tells me that these three don't have many dinner guests. "Pass the salt, please" is all it took to get things started.
 The reverse side features an array of novelties that is more of what I am used to from Sky City. Although this is the first time he has been here,  I have seen and admired his work all over the Internet for a long while now. That large artistamp being the most demonstrative of his usual style.
I though we might take a closer look at that artistamp, but I couldn't really get it right. Oh well, at least you have an idea of his usual work. Thank you very much Lord Fugue and yes, I do want to trade some stuff. I'll be sending something to you in the next few days - see ya in the mail!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Heebee Post #777 - Servane Morel - Brussels Belgium

 I love Servane's whimsical approach to creating mail art. Always quite colorful with a sense of happiness powering it, she always manages to create little mail art classics that can surely brighten even a somber day. Here, we find this vibrantly feathered Owlish sentry who is singing slowly in his low, tough-bird voice, "I'm looking after Heebee Jeebeeland".  Note that crazy blockhead totem pole  and the frenetic Heebee Jeebeeland native in the background. Hand painted , as usual, and just gorgeous!
The reverse side of the 5" x 7" gem of a postcard, features a friendly note by the artist. Your the best Servane!  Thank you very much. I have just completed something to occupy your post box and am sending it off tomorrow.  I am very glad you are back and active again - your work is fun and inspiring!  Visit her adventurous mail art studio here: letters d'ailleurs.   

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Heebee Post #776 - Andrew Topel - Orange City, Florida - USA

 Andrew's first sojourn to the 4th Dimension comes in the form of this intriguing little (5 1/2" x 4" - 25 pages) Artistbook. The booklet is well crafted and much more orderly and above par than most, not to mention a pleasure to read or peruse. Well done!
 The first two pages of "Renegade" are a stylish introduction. Here Andrew explains that the art is actually 'Visual Poetry' and he does it exquisitely well. See the panel on the left above. Yeah, that's what I am talking about.  Visual Poetry, done correctly, is quite powerful!
 These two vibrantly colored worlds are actually much more to the eyes in person. A visual blast is similar to eating Ginger in between different Sushi bites to ensure that the flavors don't mingle, becoming murky. A visual color blast ensures that the Visual Poetry doesn't begin to seem like one big parade of variations.
 Here are a pair of proper Visual poems. I am a big fan of this art form and they really take me away. Fine examples indeed!  Fabulous work!
 On the left (above) is "Digital breakdown of a Poet diagram". Perhaps a close up of the Poet's eye on the right? I like to think so! I love this stuff!
The rather innocuous decorated envelope that held the super little Artist Booklet. Thank you very much Andrew and nice to meet you.  Your " Visual Poems from 2001-2011" is quite enjoyable and I am happy to have received it. I'll be sending something off to you in return very soon. Thank you very much.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Heebee Post #775 - Joey Patrickt - Oakland, California - USA

 Joey returns with his 'Apacolyptic Futurist' vision of urban life, with a sense of the  forbidden that is tough to decipher. This collection of imagery shows that Joey is having a lot of imaginative fun with his mail art these days. Nice card my friend!
Joey hasn't been putting his return address on his cards for the last two or three or so and I have been trying to send him something, but alas! However, have no worries folks,  I did manage to get something off to him by snooping around the Internet for his address, although that is not my point.
 -Here I make a request common to all mail art bloggers: Please be sure to include your address (clearly) with every work that is mailed off. Then everybody happy! No offense meant Joey, I have grown fond of your cards and this is a good one. Thank you very much. I sent something to you last Friday - see you soon!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Heebee Post #774 - Art Tower (Gunter Schwind) - Aschaffenburg - Germany

 My wonderful cousin Arty illustrates the dual nature of the artists 'way'. The figurehead on the left is a popular character in Gunter's work - and how it is indelibly affixed to his own human existence. Is it taking over?
"Mailbot Art" artistamps, a full handsome portrait of Gunter and a short good wish note complete the reverse side.  Great to see you again dear cousin and thank you very much for the great postcard. I just sent you something as well. Happy Mail!  Art Tower's Mail Art.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Heebee Post #773 - DC Spaulding - Lomita, California - USA

 DC sends in this odd commerative regarding the memory of three impish little blonde girls, known as "The clones".  The rather poignant card is actually a tale of  fantasy versus reality. Click on the intriguing story below to be able to read it.
"The clones were always causing problems and never seemed to follow my mother's instructions".  DC turns out a entertaining vignette that ends with "Perhaps now, they reside in my mind".  Nice.  I also like DC's "Vision Without Sight" credo seen near the top. What is this likable and well known artist doing anyway? Just trying to have some fun, I would say!  Thanks very much Mr. Spaulding. I'll be returning some interesting mail to you quite soon.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Heebee Post #772 - Michael Harford (The World is a Town) - North Manchester, Indiana - USA

 Michael sends in this handsome postcard that was created in support of his mail art project call, "The World is a Town".  I love this moody looking scene. The troubled sky, the concern and drama of the fence repair, and those mysterious silver canisters on the left.  Nice card Michael.
 The reverse side finds Michael writing that he received the envelope I had sent for his project, but that it was torn in half with the contents, an original work for the "World is a Town" project,  missing. Ugh! Ah well, what can you do?  Not to worry Michael, I'll be sending off something else soon. Below is the two envelope halves that couldn't handle the Postal Office's sometimes brutal treatment.
The puzzling and grim evidence of the separated decorated envelope ( I borrowed this picture from Michael's mail art site: The World is a Town). Thanks very much old boy, see you in the post box soon.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Heebee Post #771 - Otto D Sherman - New York, New York - USA

This is how the fab mail art packet from Otto arrived, 9 panels of postcards affixed together and folded neatly to create an interesting and entertaining decorated envelope, festooned with his unique brand of portrait artistamps that he created.
Unfolding the packet, I was greeted with this informative note from Otto. While surfing the Internet, he discovered my cousin Art Tower's mail art site. He was doubly pleased to find out cousin Arty is also a member of IUOMA (International Union of Mail Artists) as am I. He also happily lists a few well known and accomplished artists  from around the world - and even more of those fantastic artistamps!
The front and reverse sides of two glorious postcards he created.
Both side of two more cards. These give a great sense of ersatz royalty and are wonderful works.
The anatomy and  mechanics of postmark martini growth. Check out the colossal yield when observing the directions properly!
Otto's 'gang of four' is great work. I love the awards and medals that adorn each of these members. It gives them a worthy sense of importance and a dark nobility.  Perfect! Thank you very much Otto - love your work. How about carrying on an exchange? Something on it's way to you soon. To see more medals and artistamps, check this: OTTO ART.