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Direct mail is it art?

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It has been the fashion in recent years for businesses to abandonn direct mail (using the traditional postal mailing service) in favour of online marketing and email campaigns. Companies are however returning to this marketing tool and being more creative using shaped flyers. These not only get the recipents interest, but some businesses are doubling response rates with these shaped mail drops.

Companies that attempt to generate sales entirely through indiscriminate direct mail, cold calling or email campaigns are going to find the going tough. Unique leads for your niche market are the best leads and by targeting the people who really need your product you stand a better chance of getting the positive response you require. It is important to know who your clients are.

Art by mail or mail art?

Mail Art in Wisconsin

Mailart in many respects pushes the boundaries of what can be considered art, it has a surreal or Dada quality about it. Mail art sometimes reaches the mainstream gallery audiences but never really reaches the greater highs.

Mail art is a worldwide art and music movement that began in the early 1960s. the principle is simple you send visual art (but also music, sound art, poetry, etc.) through the international postal system. Mail Art is sometimes known as Postal Art or Correspondence Art. Mail Art is a network, based on the principles of barter and equal one-to-one collaboration.

After a peak in popularity in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Mail Art phenomenon has gradually migrated to the Internet, whose “social networks” were largely anticipated and predicted by the interactive processes of postal collaborations. Nevertheless, Mail Art is still practiced by a loose planetary community involving thousands of mailartists from the most varied backgrounds.

All my love Marni

Mail art in the post

Another postcard to Hungary and visits to other places

Road trips, journeys, and speed inspire. The image below was taken on a road trip I did in 2007, with stays in Brussels, Zurich (it was going to be Prague – but the German authorities banned us from their country on the outward journey) Zagreb, Munich, Ipers. Going through France, Belgium, Luxemburg, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia and Germany. We did this in six days. Click on the image for more photographs of our ‘Cannonball’ journey.

Mark et moi at the Cannonball 8000 ball, The Regent, Esplanade, Zagreb….be very scared

Mail Art my CV (?)

Mail-Artist since:
1986
My Website:
http://www.thiswindow.org
Why I am involved in Mail-Art:

Was involved in the cassette / music side of mailart in the 1980’s /90’s. The whole idea of a network of artists connected by the postal system appealed to me and was an antidote to the stranglehold the ‘Art / Music’ establishment had over my creativity.

I have always considered mailart to be one of the major unsung heroes of Art History and every effort should be made to raise its profile.

Here are a few network related things I have done this millennium. http://www.thiswindow.org/Mail_Art/?cat=3

From profile page on: International Union of Mail-Artists – IUOMA

Art Music

This%20WindowIn 2009 A free download of ‘You Have The Power‘ by This Window was made possible by Microsoft. There were 1,000s of other FREE songs were available to download. These free downloads (m4a and mp3) were all from ReverbNation artists and made possible through the Sponsored Songs program. These songs were EXCLUSIVE to the program, which meant you would have to pay to get these downloads from anywhere else.

This was a fantastic success with thousands of copies of the track being downloaded, which helped sell other artworks.

Morgue Studio Demos (CDr)


Label: M4TR Productions
Catalog#: M4tr008
Format: CDr Limited Edition
Country: UK
Released: 20 May 2008
Genre: Rock
Style: Art Rock, Goth Rock
Credits: Bass – Jake Bright
Note The first four tracks on this CD were recorded between March and May 2008 at Morgue Studio and the fifth is a section from This Window’s 30 minute live set which was streamed (via the Internet) to the Plac.Art.X event in Leerer Beutel/ Regensburg Germany on the 18th August 2007. This CD is a limited release of 100.Read review of Morgue Studio Demos by Mick Mercer

Tracklisting:

1 Where Is My Jesus? (3:30)
2 Is It A Dream? (3:12)
3 You Have The Power (3:02)
4 Avocets (3:45)
5 (live) Salle De Bain (2:21)

Beauty and the Beast

£51.12

Media: Painting and Screen Print on canvas, signed and dated 2011.

Size: 400mm x 400mm

Buy here…

Mail Art – archive

Mail art is a worldwide art and music movement that began in the early 1960s. the principle is simple you send visual art (but also music, sound art, poetry, etc.) through the international postal system. Mail Art is sometimes known as Postal Art or Correspondence Art. Mail Art is a network, based on the principles of barter and equal one-to-one collaboration.

After a peak in popularity in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Mail Art phenomenon has gradually migrated to the Internet, whose “social networks” were largely anticipated and predicted by the interactive processes of postal collaborations. Nevertheless, Mail Art is still practiced  by a loose planetary community involving thousands of mailartists from the most varied backgrounds.

See This Window the pseudonym of Peter Bright.

I will mail you a postcard of an image that was exhibited recently in an exhibition of mine. I have always loved the idea of Mail Art – the forerunner of the Internet! Mail art is a worldwide network… Continue reading →

Below is the original blurb and finished piece that was sent to a mailart exhibition in the USA in 2003. This was posted and accepted and an email was recieved confirming arrival on Sept 4th 2003.

“I just thought I’d let you know that your piece arrived today, completely in tact.  Not even bent!  I love the postal service!Thank you so much for your contribution.

Melissa Muller

Capitalism = Terrorism

exhibited @ “Gallery Night & Day, October 24th & 25th, 2003 – Kunzelmann-Esser Lofts, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Capitalism = Terrorism

Who decides who is righteous? God? The populous? The global economy?Does the minority of the population, who hold the majority of the world’s wealth, make the ultimate decisions, hold the moral high ground and decide who or what constitutes terrorism?…….Or is this all just ‘old hat’ and an old debate?Capitalism is fighting the ‘Axis of Evil’…The battle has too many fronts and too many invisible enemies. Is this the end of capitalism? Are the sands of time running out?Capitalism = Terrorism.Mon Aug 25 19:38:30 2003

In the eyes of the ones who have nothing….Capitalism = Terrorism Materials: Acrylic and Oil Paint with commercial vinyl.

This image was created on a computer running Windows 98, manipulated and edited using Signlab. The finished version was cut out in vinyl with a Camm-1 Plotter and stuck onto board.

Mass Production and The New Jesus and Mary’ Memorial design is now almost completely originated on the computer. Standard designs can be purchased from catalogs. My work as a memorial designer has involved producing bespoke designs for commercial clients who reproduce images over and over again.

Tue Apr 8 01:31:30 2003

Christ the Capitalist The corruption within the ‘established church‘ has been exposed. Has Jesus cast out the money lenders from the temple or is he charging rent? Jesus Christ, a symbol of capitalism.

Sun July 27 11:18:46 2003

Methodology
‘Computer cut religious imagery; why look any further? ‘ Quote

North Devon business hosting Ilfracombe From the blog of Veronica Henry Now is the time when I go into M and S and buy at least ten pairs of 60 deniers, in various colours and…

 

Mail Art

Postcard for exhibition

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