Last I heard, Ficus strangulensis planned to recede into temporary mailart semi-retirement to take care of his parents, so I was surprised to receive another Ficus mailing bundle. Fike always sends an envelope of pieces: a table listing recent email received and sent, a note written on the sheet with the table, bunches of little cards (two cards of textual collage, an abstract painting/postcard entitled "Slewage Doubled Spindle four"), and always a text or collage or something printed directly on the envelope (this time, "Hebephrenic detail for Ack [from R.A. Wilson's "Shrodinger's Cat"].
Ficus strangulensis, "Holy Zoloft, Batman!" (23 Sep 2004)
Arenella Pulls it All Together
Roy Arenella sends me a photocard that explains where he found the "house/tree image in 'Hurricane's Alphabet'" (which I identified as a house destroyed in the Johnstown Flood). The altered photo on the postcard somehow ties this issue together. In "Hurricane's Alphabet," Roy used a photo from a flood to represent damage from a generic disaster. Nothing wrong with that, and his card made its point well. The whole worked well, and that parts didn't have to be truly parts of a hurricane.
In this card, Roy has taken a simple photograph, crisply photographed but almost unremarkable, and he has enhanced this through an adamic process: he names the pieces in the photo. The solid black window, painted and barred, is the "WHOLE," and giant shards of something on the ground are marked "P," "A," "R," "T," and "S."
This is mailing number 408XP/C.
Roy Arenella, "Whole & Parts" (21 May 2004)
Flying Paper (Air)planes through the Mail
Scott McDonald sends a small card that successfully bonds an slip of inkjet-printed plastic (with the negative image of a paper airplane) onto a piece of card. Beautifully bonded, but all I can wonder about is the longevity of the technique!
Scott also reports that "'FATE' was a very trippy thing to find in my mailbox yesterday..."
Scott McDonald, [ghostpaperplane] (Sep 2004)
un violon d'ingres