Winter is on its way and the sky grows increasingly spectacular, the heavens declaring the handiwork of their Creator.
Another absolute beauty from TICTAC. The mind boggles at her precision and attention to detail with EVERY SINGLE edition and superlatives are superfluous!. MANY, many thanks once again TICTAC.
Anete Ulmane, Latvia
Angela Behrendt, Germany
Aristide 3108, France
Claudio Romeo, Italy
Cheryl Penn, South Africa
Eric Bensidon, France
Georgia Grigoriadou, Greece
Heleen de Vaan, Netherlands
Jürgen O. Olbrich, Germany
Lamberto Caravita, Italy
Luisa Bergamini, Italy
Marina Salmaso, Denmark
Miguel Jimenez, El Taller de Zenon, Spain
Piet Franzen, Netherlands
Renata e Giovanni Strada, Italy
Samuel Montalvetti, Argentina
Svenja Wahl, Germany
Thorsten Fuhrmann, Germany
Torill Elisabeth Larsen, Norway
Tiziana Baracchi, Italy
Uli Grohmann, Germany
Marie Wintzer and I have collaborated before (and continue to) in a series titled Books of Ether. Marie posted me the photographs which she had printed mid-March, and although this project is part of the digital realm, I have also made them into an artefact. I cant touch, page through, remember as well, when scrolling down a glass screen – its just not a book. Together we published various photos on our blogs, but the e-book was published by Marie on 22 January 2015 on scribd – see
Made of Clay.
Taken from the dust of the earth, these books became something else, data images that happened in Ether Realms. It’s always trying to breathe new life into old ideas – like us, they’re never quite ready to die.
Making books out of clay,
the work of a potter [shaping soil into pages]
the work of a writer [chiseling words out of sodden earth]
the work of a gardener [growing roots across fields]
the work of an architect [building stories through dust]
the work of a musician [composing songs engraved in ether]
The beauty of those clay books needed no enhancement, their stunning naked aura was evident to any eyes curious enough to see. But one can always demand more of books…
RCBz USED to run a blog, which showcased his many, and varied artworks of manipulated digital collages. They were always intricately reasoned artworks with many and varied current and historical references. Sadly, I think most of his Mail Art beneficiaries did not realize that these works were each unique and their recipients carefully selected, often with some sort of personal reference. I have a number of images RCBz created to feed what I was doing, and I will always be grateful for his contribution to the Mona Lisa call I made about 4 years ago. His sharp, oft-times droll interpretations still entertain. His digital manipulations of many of my own artworks were big improvements on the originals and his other collaborative work included a set of unique postcards made for Mail Art Makes the World a Town, onto which friends and I were invited to add our comments before their inclusion into the zine. If we got the opportunity to do that exercise again, I think our pens would be looser, more to RCBz’s predilections. The Fin Series is no exception, and I am hugely pleased to have a full set. RCBz made the cards for TICTAC’s Zine in a Box project (another publication of unique and generous skill). I hope the card recipients take time to discover the talent of this unique artist.
A few images from this series:
An interesting read in the context of this postcard:
Unique book made from a collection of mailings by Rod Summers. Pockets hold such works as Free Form Across the Universe (2014), Prometheus Extinguished Darkly 2014 (in which Rod was kind enough to write “Inspired by the free form poem Overheard by Cheryl Penn (2014), Shelf Life – our collaboration (2105) and An Undistinguished Martyrdom (for those I still love) (2015). There are also pockets holding Rods particular style of postcards, ranging from ‘anger management’ tools to the musings of Dr Moss Mure. (This image was sent by Rod as part of a request “Ties from the back of the closet” – RCBz (USA).
There are quite a few facts one can gather about Rod off the internet – see for example the trusty steed http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rod_Summers (I have put this into the book), BUT I am of course more curious about the PERSON of Rod Summers and we have maintained a lively, slightly erratic email exchange for a number of years. Rod is a compulsive artist, seeking inspiration from everything around him – his beloved Iceland, his allotment plot (I’ve never seen a potato that big), his correspondents – I have been lucky enough to collaborate with Rod AND have had “a genetically moderated text to be read aloud triumphantly” THE SPAR_ROW (from Free Form Across the Universe) written JUST for me.
I have listened (among other recordings), with glee to the shenanigans of Helgi, (Rods alter ego?), the Hjalteyri Scales (an audio performance and installation in a vacant herring processing plant in Iceland and a memory stick which I think I am right in saying has over 11 hours worth of listening material – I’m about 5 hours in. Rod loves Planet Suite by Holst, Send in the Clowns and Windmills of your mind. He loves tea and home. We’re on the same page there.
One can read a variety of interviews with Rod, including
and also watch his lecture on his documentation of Mail Art on
This book – “Ben wot ik 8” is a set of list shopping slips/receipts from a variety of Maastrichtian supermarkets most of which are accessed by bicycle? An interesting curiosity read – a legible read too, as Afrikaans is based in Dutch and I have a smattering. I have paired it with a very amusing (although not when you’re 5 or 6 I imagine) postcard on which Rod describes finding of a set of false teeth in a tin – that must have been on SOMEONES’s shopping list?
I have students who have never painted. Yip, this is sadly the case. The best way to deal with this is to demonstrate. We do numerous 1/2 hour to 45 minute exercises where I demonstrate and they paint with me. This is such an example. We were dealing with still life, monochromatic, cool tones and painting glass in this exercise.