Sunday, April 6, 2008
THE HISTORY OF MAIL-ART
The roots of Mail-Art grow from many different influences.
Ray Johnson is known as the "father" of Mail-Art. He worked within the New York Correspondance School in the early 1960s. Its aim was to create the opportunity for the direct exchange of art, ideas and information among artists in different countries.
Johnson created a network by sending out "moticos" using an extensive mailing-list which he, himself, organized. Mail-Art began to spread from this original network-system and soon reached new areas and more people.
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Fluxus began outside the "fine arts" and included people from a non-artistic background. Fluxus influenced Mail-Art not only by this technical and ideoligical basis, but also by the nature of its artists.
The philosophy of the Dada artform has been transported by a multitude of Mail-Art examples. Dadaism and Merz-Art also use such techniques as collages, stamps as well as rubber-stamps and typography.
Many different "genres" of art have been connected to Mail-Art. To name only a few: nouveau realism, futurism, fluxus, modernism, dadaism and others. Some other artist often identified with Mail-Art are: Twombly, Duchamp, Schwitters, Warhol, Rauschenberg, Higgins, Klein, Spoerri and many others.
THE FUTURE OF MAIL ART
The rapid introduction of new media and techniques for telecommunication and a new sense of globalization and information-flow have influenced the development of this art form. New forms of network activity, new concepts of dealing with communication and of mailing art are continually being created.
SOME OF THE MOST COMMONLY USED MAIL-ART TECHNIQUES
The way to produce Mail-Art is strongly influenced by the elements one finds in common postal objects, but there are many others. Here you find some basic techniques.
Stamp-art apears in many forms such as miniature paintings, ego-stamps, fluxus and neo-dada stamps, ficticious stamps, social stamps and crossover stamps of different styles.
Silvaron Pertone - Italy
Rubber stamps are used in many interesting ways. Some are recycled postal stamps and some have been artificially carved by the artists. The range of rubber stamps is so big that people produce stamp-magazines and stamps-archives.<
COLLAGE AND COMBINATION
Creating something original out of new or recycled materials is a basic technique of Mail-Art.
TEXTS AND TYPOGRAPHY
Using the written (or printed) word as poetry, literature or in other forms as an art-element can also be seen in many examples of Mail-Art.
MATERIALS AND OBJECTS
The experiment of sending unusual materials or even objects to achieve new ways of expression is often practiced.
Mail-Art is done in nearly every technique you can imagine. Video, audio and digital data are also exchanged in the network. But also there is copy art, paper art, photography, painting, sketching, and many other media.
Why not try mail art for yourself? It’s fun!
CLICK HERE for a listing of interesting mail art projects that you can participate in.
This is a video about creating mail art with junk mail"
If you are unable to see the video, please click HERE .
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