Roy Arenella, "Mailbox in Vermont" (1 Aug 2004)
Roy explains his mailing (which I've deconstructed here) in this way:
The last sentence on yesterday's card ("Art does not exist, Ben") should have read "
Inno way do I mean to imply an hierarchical judgment, but--this is central to my idea-- only to helprecognize the predisposition of the sender."
Of course. And clear enough. Roy explains how the verbo-visual datum on the front of the card echoes the explanatory text on the reverse. Something I had forgotten to point out yesterday!
The card received today is mailing # 368 p/c ("p/c" for "photo/card"). Roy sent a photo of a mailbox because he is writing about correspondence--the topic we're working on is the ratios of correspondence to art that can exist in mailart. He stresses the concept of mail by including a rubberstamping of a U.S. mail receptacle inside his traditional pseudo-cancellation. Also, he has taken a standard "FAXED" rubberstamp, from which he has removed the a and the e, replacing them with an i and an e, so that he can stamp onto this card the word "FiXed," which is what this card of his has done: clarify his last card.
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