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Umbrella Online - Current Issue

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ISSN 0160-0699

Volume 29, No. 1, Mar 2006

Mail Art

Mail Art News

Envelopes: A Puzzling Journey Through the Royal Mail by Harriet Russell (New York, Random House, 2005, $16.95) is the result of the British illustrator sending herself elaborately addressed envelopes for years to see if they would arrive; her designs include maps, crossword puzzles and floor plans. She was testing the patience of many postmen as well.

Artetica in Rome alternates between exhibitions of mail art and book art. Situated in Rome at Via dei Marsi 18 in the San Lorenzo section of Rome.

Angela and Peter Netmail have created an amazing booklet on the year 2005’s Mail Art Activities for them in Minden and elsewhere. It includes WindowArt, MuralArt, MailArt, ClownArt, StampArt, WorldArt, PerformanceArt, ShirtArt, BirdArt, ActionArt, PoeTree, FaxArt, KlaffkiArt, RabbitArt, LiterArt, Mindenergie and Billboard Art. Numbered and signed edition. Also includes a CD, postcards and autographs from many artists. For more information, info@netmailart.de or go to www.netmailart.de

Mail Art Call

Images Against War. Any medium, no deadline. Jpegs or any snail mail. No jury, no returns. Exhibition in the web: Image Gallery Against War from Boek 861. Send to:Taller del Sol, Apartado 861 43080 Tarragona, España. Put your own image in: boek861.com/no_war/index.html

Brain Cell Fractals. Ryosuke Cohen. Send him 150 stickers, artistamps, rubberstamps, etc. and he will send you a list of participants, a beautifully produce color print of all participants’ work. Send to Ryosuke Cohen, 3-76-1-A613 Yagumokitaho, Moriguchi-City, Osaka 570, Japan. braincell@k6.dion.ne.jp

Neo DADA. Ongoing project. Send self made postcards 4 x 6” (10.1 x 15.2 cm). Any medium, no envelopes, documentation to all, no returns. Online gallery and possible exhibition. P.O. Box 661, New York, NY 10116.

Shadow Play. Slightly serious artist seeks fun, intelligent shadows for international art project. Blondes, brunettes and redheads preferred, but all shadows welcome. Please send a photograph of your shadow with your name written on the back. Shadows to feature in upcoming exhibition. Send to Wei-Ho Ng, Chelsea College of Art, Manresa Rd., London SW3 61S, England. artshadow@hotmail.com Deadline:ongoing.

Send a photo of yourself standing or sitting in front of your bookcase or bookshelves. No deadline. Answer to everyone.Bibliotheca Gullbiana, Staai 41, NL-6127 AB Grevenbicht, The Netherlands.

Lonely Pet Rocks. Send your own pet rocks and stones to the curator of the UFO museum: Lex Loeb, PO Box 6056, Portland Oregon, 97228-6056 USA.Artist Trading Cards. Send 20 cards (ed. of 20), size: 64 x 89 mm (2 ½ x 3 ½ inches). Sign, date and number the cards on the back. No theme, no deadline, ongoing project. You will get a set back. Send to M. Vanci Stirnemann, Dufourstrassse 132, CH-8008 Zurich, Switzerland. www.artist-trading-cards.ch

The Beatles Forever. Postcard size 10 x 15 cm. The Tree of Poetry, Tiziana Baracchi, Via Cavallotti 83b, I-30171 Venezia Mestre, Italia. No deadline.

Pebbles. Project based on Zen philosophies and the global consciousness of creative individuals interacting with their native landscapes. Please send pebbles (actual stones) and photographs of those pebbles in the designated environment. E-mail the photograph you have taken with the location, place name, country and your name and if possible send the pebble through the mail. Beth.Richards100@students.plymouth.ac.uk

Key & Locks. No rejects, no returns, documentation to all. Please contribute unused keys to unknown locks. Send to Sean Whatever, P.O. Box 8804, South Charleston, WV 25303 USA.

Exquisite Corpse. Participants are asked to send 3 images and 3 words on separate sheets: 1. Head, 2. Torso, 3. Legs, and 4. Three words. Any media, up to size 8 ½ x 11” that will be mixed and matched with other artists’ work at random to complete a finished piece. The work will be shown as part of an art show in Toronto, shown online and be used for another project to be announced. Anyone interested in collaborating, contact Exquisite Corpse, 87 Sparkhall Ave., Toronto, Ont. M4K 1G7, Canada.

Bibliomancy. A species of divination performed by selecting passages form a book haphazard. Just open the book at random, and the passage you touch by chance with your finger is the oracular response. Send your oracle to Bibliomancy, 214 First Ave. South, Suite B13, Seattle, WA 98104.

Unarmed is a small adventurous poetry journal connecting visual poetry and experimental poetry. Just received issue 39 with a focus on war/peace issues as result of the Iraqi crisis. For contributions or information: Unarmed, 1405 Fairmount, St Paul MN, 55105 USA. Email: unarmedjournal@hotmail.com Website: www.unarmedjournal.com

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