Friday, April 25, 2014

Heebee Post #1103 - Cheryl Penn - Glen Anil - South Africa

The Neptune Dish
 Nice to have Cheryl back in Heebee Jeebeeland, it has been a good while since the clever artist has sent in her unique brand of things. The formula for her strange results are three must have ingredients: Eloquent storytelling, great art, and a passion for weirdness. She always manages to put these ingredients together in the most astonishing ways. Okay, here we go:

Behold, the Neptune Dish: "The Bowl from where all Asemics flow". Asemics are those peculiar, alphabet markings but, we'll get into that another time. The above image is actually a photograph of her large (1m x 80cm), mystical painting.

 This absorbing tale must be told in Cheryl's own words. The above is from a small booklet that was included. She sure gets my attention with phrases like "Every 50 years after cogitating the Bridge Problem". The power to fascinate is wielded ingeniously.

This panel is an actual cut out piece of the painting's woodpulp canvas. Seen firsthand, it is excellent work.

Thank you Cheryl.  I feel an odd closeness to anybody that lives in a place like Heebee Jeebeeland and it's rather obvious that Cheryl, likewise, is carrying on in such a distant realm. Find out what else she is capable of: Cheryl Penn Artworks. Very nice to see you again old girl. I'm preparing a little something for your mail man to bring you. See ya in the mail.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Heebee Post #1102 - Sally Wurlitzer - San Francisco, California - USA

 I was lucky enough to meet Sally during the splendid opening evening soiree for the "Mail/Art/Book Exhibition - Day one of the three day, now legendary, Ex Postal Facto in San Francisco last Feb.

I really dig Sally's fascinating "Wurlitzerworld"  XPF stamps.  Instuctionalistic and diagramical (are those real words?), Sally shares a sort of Mail Art reverie with the viewer.  These little beautiful celebrations of the "Mechanics of Mailing" allow us to understand each step - and so you may experience an "Aha!" moment with each of them! I love stuff like this.
 The busy sheet, in it's entirety, is nearly overwhelming.
Sure makes the "Science of Mail" easy to under- stand! An odd feeling of importance is found within the dotted circle - Scientifical Folk Art!

Hello letter, where do you go?  Far, far away, it said.

Collection time at the magic box.
 This special Fluxus rubber stamp, seen on the front of the envelope, was given to me, by Sally, when we were introduced by a beaming Jack Lattemann of well known Cascadia Artpost fame. I have been using  this little rascal on everything I have sent out since that show! Love, love, love it! Thanks very much!
I am glad to have met you Sally and I look forward to our future exchanges - something in the mail for you too! And I really must thank you for your XPF duties as well. What a memorable event! Check out "Wurlitzerworld" for a walk around the art block with Sally W! See ya in the mail my new friend.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Heebee Post #1101 - William L Philyaw - Shawnee, Kansas - USA

 Fluxus Girl going undercover?  Here she is shown in rather obscure garb, leaning on the Penpost, waiting for the next posting that she will be in -  like a bus stop - and that bus has just arrived!
A lot of William's work uses photoshop extensively but, this is one of those more "Pure Philyaw" ensembles; where he demonstrates the utter sharpness of his Exacto blade in rendering this "New Fluxus Girl Mission".

Nefarious as she is sweet, Fluxus Girl is starting to play a more integral role in Heebee Jeebeeland affairs. Here, she is seen in her more usual attire.

Thank you very much William, for puttin' Fluxus Girl in the more important perspective not many have known about. Find out more about William's powerfully peculiar Mail Art site here: ADDRESSEE.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Heebee Post #1100 - Valery Shimanovsky - Nizhekamsk, Tatarstan - Russia

Valery's "Down With Language Barriers" through Mail Art postcard humorously displays both of Val's enormous thumbs prying his own head off the page! 
Val's good natured  grin is always apparent amidst a festooning of rubber stampings such as this playfully worded "MAIL-ART FROM RUSSIA", as if an official souvenir from that country. Well done Valery, I smile each time I see that notice.

Thank you very much Valery. As usual, the Russian postage is incredible and that Shimanovsky-Ray Johnson Bunny head is pretty cool too. See you in the mail my old friend. Valery Shimanovsky's "Mailartmonmartr.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Heebee Post #1099 - Stewart Charlebois - Langley, British Columbia - Canada

Stewart's "Food Stamps", as he calls them, are lovingly depicted in a mouth watering, simple, noble wholesomeness that is a grand spectacle of  physical differences and taste. The fantastic is always a part of our daily lives, if only we would look at things fantastically. When common things are seen in the light of the unique role they play, our appreciation of everything - yes, they should be celebrated. It is the little things that make the world go 'round and when they are beheld in an austere yet, clever artistic examination - done in such a humbleness, albeit a 'tongue in cheek' humbleness, they become almost magical observations!. 
Stewart's "Sub Urban Post" sure seems to encompass versatile style and an odd array of subject matter (our favorite). For instance, the "Sub Urban Chinchilla Round up". Whew! 
 I never get tired of these various colorful vintage  "Via Air Mail" stickers. Gorgeous and inspiring!
Stewart also included a friendly note that informed he received a post card from Ex Postal Facto (from whom?) that had my own XPF Rubber Stamping and my XPF Fisherman Artistamp on it. That does seem to render me into a jolly paper sportsman of the Postal Age.  The Eternal Network grows and lives on! Thank you very much Stewart - I love the Earthy tone of reverent celebration in his  "Food Stamps" plateblock. Stewart, do you happen to know Dosankodebbie in Japan? Those stamps bear a pretty good resemblance to an art she is valiantly studying and producing -  and actually has a mail call for: Etegami Notebook: Received. And her own clever work:  Dosankodebbie's Etegami. If you aren't familiar with Debbie's stuff, you really should be.  Classy, witty, and fun to know, she is the real deal. See you in the mail Stewart!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Heebee Post #1098 - Theo Nelson (Whimsy and Colour) - Calgary, Alberta - Canada

 Theo's "Spring Acknowledgement" was actually sent in a few weeks ago but, it sure didn't feel like Spring yet. Winter finally seems to be wearing thin these last couple of days; when suddenly, today,  a sunny burst of the transforming, life renewing, green vanguard of a new beginning season pierced through the long murky days of the colder one. Ah, glorious Spring once again! Just feel the power around you!
Theo's "Seasonal Greetings" are always right on target. "Life pokes through" - great line for the heart of a poem. Happy Spring everybody! I sure like the clouds when it doesn't rain. Thank you very much Theo for zeroing in on what makes the seasons tick. See you in the mail quite soon! Colour and Whimsy - Theo Nelson Art.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Heebee Post #1097 - Carina Granlund - Petsmo - Finland

 Carina sends in this remarkable postal achievement that contains a colorful array of interesting features.

The most notable of which is this wizardly visage of Triangle Post's C.T.Chew. This "Forever" self portrait made by Carl is an incredible stamp that I have not seen before. As readers of this blog know, I am a big fan of Carl's and my collection of his Artistamps is growing nicely. I find the mechanisms of Mail Art sometimes hold fascinating surprises for those that participate in the paper sport. Carl Chew lives about 80 miles from me and I just received a stamp that I did not have of his from Finland! I enjoy pausing for a moment to think about things like this. The Eternal Network has never been more Eternal!

 Inside the busily decorated handmade envelope was this smaller carefully crafted envelope that contained a three paneled, folding mixed media picture that seems to have it's own glowing energy.
 It's almost like Carina mapped out the energy flow chart that goes on within her little universe.

Another interesting feature in Carina's image filled menagerie, is this unusual Artistamp of Indian Ralph. I was not aware of Perry Mancusi or Indian Ralph and this makes it even more of a peculiar relic. Who made this stamp? Here is all I could find about this mysteriously cavalier character. Mancusi and some friends from Long Island, NY bought some land in Salmon Creek California in the early 70's. He began spending the winter months in Kauai, a Hawaiian Island, and became a local character there too. The stamp itself is intriguing with obscurity, especially with the strange pose he adapted for the portrait.

 Another Artistamp of note: This one by Irene Dogmatic as a commemorative for her dog "'Jack" - Great Stamp!
I saw Irene at the Ex Postal Facto Show in San Francisco last Feb.and traded something to her for this large colorful postcard seen below. This one is called "No place like home"and looks fabulous seen first hand. I hadn't seen Irene in decades and it was nice to see she is still at it!

 The other side of the three paneled postcard.
The detail in Carina's card is like an odd boulevard for your eyes to take a pleasant drive through. As if a happy drama of life being lived.

 The front of the decorated envelope is as fun and as busy as the reverse side.

This side, however, has official Finnish postage. "I Love Postcrossing" - Looks like the Finns are taking mail art somewhat seriously. Thank you very much Carina - Love your folding card and killer stamps. See you in the mail soon.