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welcome to the International Union of Mail-Artists. This Blog gives you information and links to all activities undertaken by Ruud Janssen, who started with Mail-Art in 1980 and is still active. Since 1970 working with computers too, so you can acces large amounts of data....

Drawings 2011 by Ruud Janssen

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When I draw I am always in drawing modus as I call it. I never know what will come out, but I know I want to create something. The essence is the creating. I make things. That might explain the text “Hope for new art is lost when you are in a museum”. You see so many things that are created that you don’t feel the need to create new things.

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The drawing above has to do with the networking component of my art. In Mail-Art you share you art with others, and what you create goes straight to the one it is made for. I meet a lot of artists that aren’t connected to the network, and they have a hard time finding a ‘public’, someone who will react to what you see and make. In Mail-Art the network is your public. Only the Galleries and Musea are excluded from that network. No money is involved in the mail-art network other then the sending costs and the buying of materials to make your work.

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But sometimes I am at the border of these two worlds. In the Art world you don’t just give away your art. You sell it, exhibit it, catalogue it, and build a portfolio. When I make drawings that aren’t made on envelope but on traditional thick paper. I tend to keep the drawings and pass on copies of the drawings. Somehow it is difficult to give away the things I create. I also don’t sell it. I just keep it as one big collection of which I am not sure where it will end up.

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The IUOMA is also a network. Part of the mail-art network, but actually a large network of creative people working together in the mail-art tradition. Nowadays on a digital platform where the plans and productions are communicated too.

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The Digital Islands – drawing by Ruud Janssen

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Sometimes my drawings are strange and difficult to understand. Yet I try to make them accesible for anybody that sees them. Looks like a map in the first look, then two people in the second look, and when you look closer you see the digital connections at work.

This drawing is a new addition to the growing collection. Over 200 drawings made now. This one is sized A4.

The Boring Group on Facebook

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For some time now I am exploring the world of Facebook.Have a working profile there, a public profile, a College profile, and lots of groups to reach people online.

One group has a special purpose. People sometimes are bored, and then look for a specific group to pay attention for. The Boring Group is successful. Just have a look at the link:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/borrrring/

And when you want to see my public profile on Facebook, just go to:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ruud-Janssen/126853977330127?ref=hl

And like me if you like. You will then get messages through facebook whenever there is news.

More Drawings in 2015

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In the last years I have been working on a large set of drawings. Of each one I also make colour copies and use them as writing paper for outgoing mail-art, but the plan is to exhibit the set one day on a special occasion.

A theme that keeps me busy is the interaction of the Digital World and the Humans. What can we do, and how do people change because of the digital world. Some elements come back in each drawing, but they too evolve as I start new ones. The collection is already hundreds large, so it promisses to be somethings special for sure

I also sent one to the MoMa, and promptly it was placed on their website (see: http://momalibrary.tumblr.com/image/121271762959), so that is funny to see too.

If you are interested in seeing more drawings, a large set is published on my artist portfolio at artwanted. You can even leave comments there if you like. Have a look at:

Besides the drawings there is a larger overview of what kind of art I produce. You can also see how mail-art and art influence eachother……

Explaining the concept of this blog

This new blog actually should be the central point of all my digital activities. So links to all blogs and websites that I already have and are still alive. beside that also blog-postings to major places and activities that I am involved in. Only one goal and that is to make the information better accesible. The Internet turnes into a chaos without good structures, and I am just trying to make a structure that I can keep up with. The result might be for you that you can find things again and don’t get lost.

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