Growing up on the country side in Switzerland, I have always admired Hans Ruedi Fricker, a local “Mail Art Artist”. Here’s an interview I just found online. I’ve always loved the idea of having a ‘global art dialogue in form of letters’.
I love his stamp saying: ‘NUR SENDER KANN MAN ORTEN’. Wich means: ‘One can only locate a sender’.
Here’s a blurb from wikipedia’s definition of Mail Art:
Mail art is art which uses the postal system as a medium.
Mail art is also, simultaneously, a message that is sent, the medium through which it is sent as well as one of the longest-lasting art movements in history. To be precise, an amorphous international mail art network evolved of thousands of participants in over fifty countries between the 1950s and the 1990s from the work of Ray Johnson and influenced by earlier groups, including Dada, the Surrealists and Johnson’s contemporaries in the Fluxus group. Mail artists characteristically exchange ephemera in the form of illustrated letters, zines, rubberstamped, decorated or illustrated envelopes, artist trading cards, postcards, ‘artistamps’, mail-interviews and three-dimensional objects….. read all
While I was looking for some of his examples I came accross this wonderful MailArtBLog
Here’s what some of Hans Ruedi Fricker’s mail art pieces look like:
Intruiged? Fricker has a book called “I am a networker (sometimes) , you can order it here.