Whole Earth Review, Fall, 1995 by S. Gutermuth
Chuck Welch, editor. University of Calgary Press, 1994; 250 pp. ISBN 1-895176-27-1 $39.95 ($43.95 postpaid). University of British Columbia Press, 1480 Gulf Road, Pt. Roberts, WA 98281; 604/822-5959
"Mail art has been connecting artists all over the globe since the 1950s. Collage, rubber stamps, and xerography have facilitated an exchange of highly personal artworks in a worldwide network, exploring and expanding the nature of communication and art. Even Eastern Bloc countries under martial law allowed some exciting works; the accounts of life as an artist in countries where even xeroxing was subversive are compelling. Eternal Network includes numerous photos of mailed artifacts -- some refined, some raw, many political, and all subversive to the notion that Art can only exist in a gallery network."
Mail Art -- a mystical, magical art form. A few squiggles on paper placed in the mail box to arrive at the designated address.
The mail box becomes the gallery, the museum, and the address of the recipient.
One of my favorite pieces is by Ben Vautier. Ben has printed a postcard with two identical sides. The sender fills each side with two different names and addresses. The postman then has the choice of delivery.
Or a mail art project with millions of pieces destined for the U.N. or Amnesty International! Boggling!
I prize every scrap I receive.
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