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Monday, January 16, 2012

Mail art is a worldwide cultural movement that began in the early 1960s


Mail art

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Mailartwork by György Galántai , 1981
Mail art is a worldwide cultural movement that began in the early 1960s and involves sending visual art (but also music sound art poetry , etc.) through theinternational postal system . Mail Art is also known as Postal Art or Correspondence Art. The term networking is often used to describe Mail Art activities, based on the principles of barter and equal one-to-one collaboration.
After a peak in popularity in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Mail Art phenomenon has gradually migrated to the Internet, whose “social networks” were largely anticipated and predicted by the interactive processes of postal collaborations. Nevertheless, Mail Art is still practiced in the new Millennium by a loose global community involving thousands of mailartists from the most varied backgrounds.

"Out of the reasonable assumption that the commercial gallery system is limited and perhaps corrupt, many artists emerging in the 1970s and 1980s around the world decided it would be more feasible to exhibit their work not through galleries and ancillary museums but through the postal system, especially if they lived in areas where galleries and other artists were scarce. For the production of imagery, they drew often upon xerography (photocopying) and the earlier technology of rubber stamps . They would also announce exhibitions in venues previously devoid of art, such as city halls in remote parts of the world, ideally accepting everything submitted and issuing a catalog with names, usually accompanied by addresses and selected reproductions. While such work had little impact upon commercial galleries (and the "art magazines" dependent upon galleries' ads), one result was a thriving alternative culture, calling itself "The Eternal Network", as intensely interested in itself as serious artists have always been."[1]

Mail Art to Jeannine Saylor

Last week I sent @Jeannine a full to the brim 'ship' inspired package, though I did add some other slightly different pieces of paper ephemera to it too :) Jeannine is very much into nautical themed goodies.
I sent:
- An antique ship image from an old book.
- Hand-typed Letter on the back of a vintage map which I sew'd on a piece of trim and tied with lace.
- Hand-typed description of the word 'Ship'.
- Various pieces of paper ephemera.
- One of my hand-drawn altered book pages which I made into an envelope and put in other pieces of paper ephemera, a sticker, cameo and 4x hand-made stamp montages.
- 5x hand drawn compass stickers (I found an old sticker machine so I'm going to start using it more.)
and.....a miniature drawer unit I made from matchstick boxes and then stuck pages to the sides and back, from an old book based on the sea. Inside each drawer is either a cutout of a ship or a stamp, which I got from old books I have been collecting. 

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