April 28th, 2004

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Feeling ScholarlyAgain

Today I am finishing my paper on Mail Art and Money. I don't have the information from the French gallery dealer yet but I have plenty to write about. His side of the story can be Part II. I submitted the abstract to the College Art Association's February 2005 conference to be considered for a session called:
Contact: Works that Create a Community through Physical, Virtual, or Momentary Relationships.

My paper is called Commercializing the uncommercializble:
New Threat to the 40-year old Mail Art Community


Mail Art is a free international exchange of artworks through the postal system. Mail Art has been called the world’s largest art movement with thousands of international participants over 4 decades making up the Mail Art community. In late 2003 an auction invitation from Paris circulated throughout the Mail Art Network. The auction threatened one of the basic tenets of the Mail Art culture: that mail art is free. The invitation triggered an outpouring of discussion over the sale of Mail Art. A dynamic record of artists’ responses to the auction is recorded in a growing collection of Internet posts in several languages on www.boek861.com in Spain. The Internet is a relatively new technology adaptation for mail artists, and the boek861 online publication of the raw discussion is a rare window into the group dynamics of the Mail Art Network. This Mail Art and money controversy illustrates the intense feeling of community in Mail Art and paints a vivid picture of the artists’ dedication to the freedom of expression and the open gift-giving art economy that is at the center of the Mail Art Network.
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Summer Light

rooster and Egyptian glitter eyes collaged onto a watercolor pastel wash
A postcard to a Canadian mail artist soldier serving in Afghanistan. Send Reg a postcard too via military mail going from Canada to Kabul:
Capt RF Cote
GB 3R22eR/52e Esc Genie
Camp Julien
CP 5006, Succ Forces
Belleville, ON, K8N 5W6
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Wow! look at this job for an education director for a contemporary sculpture center!
The Curator of Education will implement programs to complement the exhibitions, including: exhibition tours for all ages; lectures, seminars and symposia; artist demonstrations; family events; audio tours; distance learning; and public programs, with film, music, and dance. Emphasis is placed on scholarly programs, research, and publications. I'm applying right now.