Sunday, August 08, 2004

A slit beside (qbdp # 19)

Still Point, Garlock Road, Caroga Lake, New York

Once again, I didn't create my mailart postcard the night I was away from home (as is my tradition), but in the morning of the next day (while I was still away from home). The day was dreary, so I spent much more time than I might usually take to put together a huge edition for this qbdp (twelve!). I believe this has turned out the best of all my cards so far.

One of these cards is going off to a small mailart show in Massachusetts, my first submission to a mailart show in many years. The meaning of this fidgetglyph seems so malleable to me that it can mean almost anything. So my note to the library suggests that it refers to the process of going to a library, wending through the stacks in search of books, and wandering through individual books. But I told Roy Arenella that it reminded me of my trip through the foothills of the Adirondacks to my in-laws' camp (that is, "cabin"). I told the Sackners, it was about how a number of thoughts and considerations finally lead to insight. Of course, all of these might be true, but the fidgetglyph is primarily about itself.

These are the recipients of "A slit beside":

1/12 Ruth and Marvin Sackner

2/12 Bob Grumman

3/12 Roy Arenella

4/12 kiyotei

5/12 Matthew Shindell

6/12 Dees and Yuriko Stribling

7/12 Scott McDonald

8/12 j0llyr0ger

9/12 Mark Lamoureux

10/12 "Your Library" Mail Art, Phillips Free Public Library, Literary Arts at Mill Pond, 275 Baldwinsville Road, Phillipston, MA 01331-9733 (small to medium postcards; deadline: August 31, 2004)

11/12 Ficus strangulensis

12/12 qbdp

Geof Huth, "A slit beside" (8 Aug 2004)

un violon d'ingres


j0llyr0ger said...

The j0llyr0ger Jr. (age 5) doth give his seal of approval.

It is our way to whenever the Jr is with the Sr. at the time to check P.O. Box 493 together.

"What is it?" didst he ask

"A postcard of course."

... later at home as the j0llyr0ger sat to ponder the card the Jr asks...

"What does it say?"

The words are read and the slalom-ish, marvelously eel-ish, strand of ink is traced while doing so.

"What do you think?" is asked of the Jr.

"Pretty cool- it's like a piece of the wind!"

Geof Huth said...


It is so wonderful to imagine a j0llyr0ger Jr, and he is a fine critic ("a piece of wind"!). This is the best review of my work ever. I may have to make reference to it on dbqp tonight.


kiyotei said...

The narrow slit in the postcard, a passage into other worlds, caused by centuries of flash floods.

* dawg-approved artmail from the wonderfully talented Geof

Geof Huth said...

Dog-approved? That's even better! Inter-species art communication!