Mail art from the Manna Gum class by Coccinelle.
On the 20th June 2016 the Manna Gum Community House officially launched Zine Art Gippsland by becoming a member of the International Union of Mail Artists (IUOMA), a collective with more than 4356 members posting envelope to A4 size artworks across the world. IUOMA was born on August 16th 1988 and has its roots in the Fluxus Art Movement. Fluxus spanned the globe, but its main centre was in New York City and it boasted a number of already internationally renowned artists such as George Maciunas, John Cage, Nam June Paik and Yoko Ono. The Fluxus Movement took its inspiration from the Dada and Futurist Movements before them giving rise to George Brecht’s comments that ‘in Fluxus there has never been any attempt to agree on aims or methods, individuals with something unnameable in common have simply naturally coalesced to publish and perform their work. Perhaps this feeling is that the bounds of art are much wider than they have conventionally seemed or that art and certain long established bounds are no longer very useful.’
Fluxus art was a social movement that emerged in the 1950s and 1960s aimed at changing the balance of power in the world. It was in many ways a response to two World Wars and the threat of a nuclear holocaust brought about by the conflict between superpowers, primarily Russia and the US. Fluxus built bridges between the conflicting states and Mail Art continues this tradition of peace and friendship today across all nations, races and creeds.
Fluxus sought to change the history of the world and to make art a centre of personal pleasure, growth and healing. The main aim of Fluxus artists was to merge boundaries between art and life. In a moribund post-War climate Fluxus made humour a central tenet of creativity and this would serve to mock the elitism and conservative ‘high art’ that had kept mainstream artists out of the fashionable contemporary art markets. Fluxus brought art to the masses and Mail Art continues in this same tradition.
In keeping with the 1960s revolutionary temper Fluxus put the element of chance at the centre of art and creativity. Chance meant that one should embark on a piece of work without having a conception of the eventual end. Art is the process of creating, not the finished product.
Pat’s Colouring-in Mandalas.
Jenny and Tiger.
MAIL ART AND SMALL ZINES CALLOUT!
Closing date for entries 18th November, 2016.
The Mannagum Community House, Foster has launched a Mail Art Group, which will allow local professional, hobby artists and others to create works to post and exchange on international websites, galleries and in private collections. Contributors who do not wish to be identified can enter under pseudonyms.
We welcome all contributors to our first ‘callout’.
What is Mail Art?
Mail art is an artistic movement centred on decorating envelopes, cards or small scale works and sending them through the postal service in response to callouts. Local mail art can also be delivered by hand. Works can be any size up to A 4. There is no copyright, no costs and there are no returns. Works are displayed on websites, in galleries or in private collections and sometimes in books or in zine anthologies. The mail art movement developed out of the Fluxus movement in the 1950s and 60s and it has since grown into a global movement that aims to connect people of all ages and beliefs for the purpose sharing a variety of cultural views and experiences.
What are Zines?
Zines are self-published, single or small-circulation, booklets, papers, or brochures. Hand-made zines can be sent through the postal system or delivered by hand. Zines generally contain thoughts and ideas on topics not generally published by the mainstream media. Zines emerged from radical groups and individuals who felt the inability to express themselves through the usual publishing channels.
Mail art and zines are regarded as an expression of care, compassion and self-empowerment, please join us.
Entries to: Mannagum Community House, 33 Station Road. P.O. Box 176, Foster Victoria 3960.
Tel: 5682 1101. Fax 5682 1406. Email firstname.lastname@example.org