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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.

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……

Braincell #916 arrived from Japan

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Ryosuke Cohen is doing the Braincell project since 1985. After 30 years he reached this number 916 already and every 10 days he produces a new one. On the IUOMA platform on Ning we trace all the issues and try to get a more complete view of the project. Have a look at:

http://iuoma-network.ning.com/group/brain-cell-ryosuke-cohen-compilation

Because a large part of the network follows the group we know instantly when a new BrainCell has come out and who particpated on it.  Somehow everybody hopes to see number 1000 one of these days.

Mail-Art in the MoMa – New York

End 2014 there was a lovely exhibition at the MoMa library in New York. Yopu can still find the information on: http://www.moma.org/interactives/exhibitions/2014/analognetwork/

It is a very interesting moment. After exploring the Fluxus collections they have, they are now also exploring the Mail-Art resources they already have in their collections.  Off course I was honoured they also showed some things they have from me. During the Mail-Interview I always sent them samples of the mail-interviews for their library, and used all kind of envelopes for that. One of the mail-interviews was with Clive Phillpot. He was the former director of the MoMa Library, so that made the connections easy.

Title of the exhibition: Analog Network: Mail Art 1960-1999

Mail art—broadly defined as artists’ postal communication—emerged in the early 1960s from Fluxus, Nouveau Réalisme, and Conceptual art practices and expanded into a decentralized, global network. This exhibition traces the growth of correspondence networks, shows politically oriented works, documents discourse about the practice, and concludes with mail artists’ adaptation to the Internet.

The exhibition is organized by Jennifer Tobias, Reader Services Librarian, MoMA Library

Mail-Art and Art

Mail-Art for me is a conceptual artform in which I feel at home. Besides that I gradually have created also lots of art (drawings, pantings, silkscreen prints, etc) which I sometimes also share within the Mail-Art network.

A portfolio of my work can be found at:

When Mail-Art and Art collide it comes in the form of e.g. acrylic painted envelopes which I actually send out thoughtout the world. They have landed in quite some collections and are sometimes exhibited too.

outgoing mail-art to José vanden Broucke – Belgium (1997)

1997_RJ_to_TempleOne of the older envelopes that I sent out to José vanden Broucke in Belgium. I already worked a lot with acrylic paint then. If you are interested in seeing more outgoing mail-art I suggest you Google for my name and the subject you look for. The complete set I sent out is thousands of envelopes large and is all over the earth. I documented a lot to in digital form and that is placed on blogs that were started over the years. See for a good start the old IUOMA blog that is hosted at blogger.

You can access that here:
http://iuoma.blogspot.nl/?view=snapshot