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Esserci…

The 15th edition of the mail art exhibition esserci senza esserci (on translation of the ambiguous expression would be to be around without being around) took place in the Italian town of Viareggio. As usual, the opening was quite a spectacle with performances, a poetry reading and and lots of music. The organizers integrated theContinue reading “Esserci…”

Skeletons living it up

The Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated on November 1 and 2. Since 2008 it is part of the UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. There are still academic debates about the origins of the holiday. While the belief in a temporary return ofContinue reading “Skeletons living it up”

Gatos…

El cuadro gato soñando con casa y peces formó parte de la exposición internacional virtual “el gato”. Bajo la curaduría de Johanna Díaz, la dirección de Angélica Leal y la coordinación de Jahary Pérez se siguen publicando las presentaciones que fueron seleccionados entres los 147 participantes de 31 países. El dibujo de lápices a coloresContinue reading “Gatos…”

Cabaret: 90 Years after

“Life is a cabaret.” Everybody knows this line from the song which has been recorded by the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Liza Minnelli, Brenda Lee and Frankie Vaughn: “What good is sitting alone in your room?Come hear the music play.Life is a cabaret, old chum.Come to the Cabaret.” The musical Cabaret is setContinue reading “Cabaret: 90 Years after”

Art from two Countries

Not all things gone smoothly for a time. That’s why we have been offline for some weeks. We are back with some great examples of mail art that we received in October:

No Dejes que Mueran las Palabras

Pensando y hablando

“No Dejes que Mueran las Palabras” era il título de una convocatoria internacional, organizada por Stella Maris Velasco y Mariela De Brasi. En la exposition en la Liga del Comercio y la Industria San Martin, Argentina, participan los siguientes artistas y poetas de Argentina a Singapur:

Austrian Post

Zerstörungswut

Die Österreichische Post ist das größte Logistik- und Postunternehmen des Landes und das einzige, das Briefe und Karten zustellt. Umso wichtiger wäre strikte Neutralität in Hinsicht auf die beförderten Objekte. Leider ist das nicht der Fall. Die obenstehende – bewusst grob gearbeitete – Collage von Gerald Jatzek wurde auf dem Weg von Wien nach GrünbachContinue reading “Zerstörungswut”

Gerald Jatzek Poem

Political Art

Words against system’s headaches/ Words for new utopia is the title of an exhibition in Namur. The show was curated by Laurent Wilmet and Anne Gilis for the the Belgian educational movement CEPAG. They state: “Indeed, words are not innocent. Words are not neutral, they are socially situated and criticism of their use, of theirContinue reading “Political Art”

A Short Introduction

What is Mail Art? (3) This video offers a brief introduction to Mail Art as a form of art that defies the global art market: See also: To learn more about this brainchild of Dada and Fluxus, you may want to visit the Site of the International Union of Mail-Artists.

Zwei Veröffentlichungen

Zwei Veröffentlichungen sind in diesem Juli zu melden: Die renommierte Literaturzeitschrift erostepost druckte in der Nummer 63 gleich zwei Kurzgeschichten von Gabriele ab: Dmytro: ein zeitnah beschriebener Aufbruch zur Flucht. Das erste Mal: eine unsentimentale Kindergeschichte. Die erostepost wurde heuer bereits 35 Jahre alt und berichtet darüber auf ihrer Website. Gerald publizierte im Rahmen derContinue reading “Zwei Veröffentlichungen”

Exchange of Trees

The International Union of Mail-Artists (IUOMA) hosts nearly 400 special interest groups on its server. One of our favorites is devoted to the art of trees. The description reads: “Without trees the world would be dead and a place of disaster. With trees the world can tackle global warming. Hug a tree and you hugContinue reading “Exchange of Trees”

Skurrile Geschichten

Die AG Offene Literatur gibt es seit 1996, und in der Zeit hat sie sich als zentrale literarische Vereinigung in Westösterreich etabliert. Im Gegensatz zum andernorts gepflegten Geniekult hat sie sich von Anfang an als Produktionsgemeinschaft verstanden. In einem Grundsatzpapier von 2021 heißt es: “Im Fokus unserer Publikationen stehen: Solidarität und Offenheit.” Zu den ProjektenContinue reading “Skurrile Geschichten”

Helping Brautigan out

Richard Brautigan’s poetry was anything but academic. When he was not trying to write koan-like lines – “I learned Buddhism by watching”, he reported – he was always good for  a nonsense verse. Several poems with titles above white space combine these approaches. In The Amelia Earhart Pancake he talks about his vain efforts toContinue reading “Helping Brautigan out”

Death of a Factory

Raphael Nadolny sent a triptych of photos of the old vodka factory Koneser which means connoisseur in English in the Warsaw district of Old Praga.  The industrial complex was built around 1900 and at times employed more than 400 people. After World War II the premises were acquired by the Warsaw Spirits Industry Polmos which hadContinue reading “Death of a Factory”

Possibilities of the Body

How do we use our bodies to work, to perform, to create, to play, to compete, to unwind, to care for others, to build, to communicate, to hike, or to accomplish any of the tasks we confront in everyday life? How do we use our elbows, our feet, our hands, our torso, our ankles, ourContinue reading “Possibilities of the Body”

Mail Art in the Cloister

The barn of the cloister in Zehdenick (Brandenburg, Germany) is a well known location for concerts, poetry readings and art workshops. June 12 has seen the opening of a museum about the cloister as well as a mail art show. The cloister was founded in 1250 as a Cistercian nunnery. It became protestant in the 16thContinue reading “Mail Art in the Cloister”

Finnish Puzzles

Atte Ourie from Helsinki is known for his enigmatic works. The two cards he sent to Vienna are no exception. Maybe they show a pirate’s treasure map which you can’t understand, until you solve seven riddles and cast three dangerous spells. Maybe they hint towards a part of the Kalevala that has been overlooked byContinue reading “Finnish Puzzles”

Children in the World

Yesterday saw the opening of the mail art exhibition Bambini nel mondo – Children in the World curated by Renata di Palma with works of 57 artists. Part of the event was a presentation of Daniela Minerbi’s fable Gino e Margherita by the artist Sarah Mutinelli. The show runs from 1 to 26 June inContinue reading “Children in the World”

A Card from Down Under

A beautiful card from Tasmania reached us last week. You can see the appropriate title on the left side: Pamela Parks’ collage has traveled 16,216.34 km (10,076.36 mi) in one month to make us feel connected. Thus, it made roughly 540 km per day. Pamela, who has been to Austria, told us that she is a photographerContinue reading “A Card from Down Under”

70 x Endurance

Serlina Rose is a poetess and writer from the Caribbean island of Dominica. When she is not working on her own stories and poems, reading, or sharing ideas and opinions on social media channels, she is compiling anthologies. Recently, she edited a truly international compilation on the subject of endurance for an Indian publishing house.Continue reading “70 x Endurance”

On the Outside

Senza traccia / Without a trace is the title of a mail art exhibition in Casole d’Elsa, a municipality in the Province of Siena in the region Tuscany.  The aim of the show is to draw attention to persons that are isolated and marginalized. The works cover a broad variety of art forms like drawings, photography and poetry andContinue reading “On the Outside”

Bellezza naturale

The mail art call bellezza (beauty) is part of a series cultural and artistic projects named voci di notte (voices of the night) of the echorama A.P.S. association. The theme which includes all the possible meanings of beauty was chosen to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the ratification of the World Heritage Convention, adopted byContinue reading “Bellezza naturale”

By Chance

Melanie Reed from Seattle loves to produce hand-crafted media that reveals the three-dimensional process of its creation. Her excellent paper collages Meeting of Minds and Ship of State II reached me, while I was reading a book about Max Ernst who developed the three-dimensonal techniques grattage (scraping the surface layers of paint) and frottage (incorporating the structuresContinue reading “By Chance”

Bilingual

Recently, two of Gerald’s texts were published nearly simultaneously in Austria and the US. The literature magazine Book of Matches has included the poem Farewell Song in its spring issue. It features prominently as the last text of the publication. The first issue was published in January 2021. The journal is edited by two accomplishedContinue reading “Bilingual”

Speaking in many Tongues

The language school  Escuela Oficial de Idiomas de Carabanchel in Madrid was looking for contributions to the theme learning languages. Gerald’s card includes references to four great works of literature: the Odyssey, The Cid, Beowulf and the Finnish epic Kalevala. On the right side is a scan of the colorful confirmation of participation in theContinue reading “Speaking in many Tongues”

Strange Creature

This one was sent to Melanie Reed in the USA. It’s once again a cooperation of Gabriele and Gerald. Looking closely at the drawing, they decided that the pink animal is not a quadruped, but a triped that happens to have four legs. Well. and deep thoughts of this kind can only be expressed inContinue reading “Strange Creature”

Demonology

Back in 2020, when we were confronted with COVID-19 for the first time, most of us were confused and scared. Although we tried to – and most of us did – to approach the pandemic in a rational way, we harbored all kinds of fears related to the virus. The Alianza Cultural para las ArtesContinue reading “Demonology”

Landkarte - AleXXw - Public Domain

Angekommen in Niederösterreich

Zwei niederösterreichische Literaturzeitschriften haben in den vergangenen Wochen Prosa von Gerald Jatzek vorgestellt. Das Podium widmet die Nummer 203/204 dem Neustart. Neben der naheliegenden Interpretation nach zwei Jahren Einschränkungen durch die Pandemie finden sich etwa Texte über eine erschwerte berufliche Neuorientierung (Thomas Northoff) und eine Interpretation der Welt, die zunehmend aus der Zeit fällt. KatjaContinue reading “Angekommen in Niederösterreich”

Colorfull Collages

Two wonderful collages from Seattle reached Vienna on the last day of March. They are works of Melanie Reed, titled New Year’s Eve and Object Lesson. Both images – Melanie calls them “unlikely art visions” – show a strong tension between a static central object and a background filled with colorful objects moving in a variety of directions.

Supplement to 2021

Sometimes things disappear on hard disks. Eventually, they turn up again. This happened to two works of Felipe Lamadrid which reached Austria in June 2021. They were scanned, they were prepared for publication – and then they somehow slipped into the wrong folder. They reappeared a few days ago, and therefore they can finally beContinue reading “Supplement to 2021”

A Package to Russia

The Arnolfini Archívum’s challenge no. 58 for Mini[e]MailArt is “packages”. And although this motto leaves ample possibilities for artistic interpretations, I felt that the Russian assault on the Ukraine could not be ignored. This is why: Russia’s supreme Leader Vladimir Putin calls the war on Ukraine a “special military operation”. Thus, he continues the traditionContinue reading “A Package to Russia”

El viaje concluido

La vida de Dante Alighieri era un viajar constante, un viaje inacabado e indeciso entre una nostalgia paradójica por la ciudad de Florencia, que amaba y odiaba a la vez. En el año 2021, se conmemoraron los 700 años del fallecimiento de Dante Alighieri. Es cuando mail art convocó a un viaje imaginario, para dar tributo aContinue reading “El viaje concluido”

Kinderlyrik anno 2022

Wodurch zeichnet sich Kinderlyrik aus? Welche Erscheinungsformen gibt es? Worin bestehen Gemeinsamkeiten mit und Unterschiede zur Lyrik für Erwachsene? Inwiefern fördert sie den spielerischen Umgang mit Sprache? Die Jubiläumsausgabe der Zeitschrift Allmende stellt aktuelle Positionen aus der Forschung sowie aus dem Literaturbetrieb vor und beleuchtet die sprachliche und gestalterische Vielfalt der Kinderlyrik. Die von KimContinue reading “Kinderlyrik anno 2022”

Gabriele Müller: Bambini

About Kids

Children in the world is the theme of an Italian mail art project, organized by the cultural association Kunst Grenzen – Arte di Frontiera and curated by the artist Renata di Palma. Gabriele took part with a watercolor painting named bambini. When asked about the background of her work, she says that children need anContinue reading “About Kids”

Mail from Bruno Cassaglia

A Mixed Lot from Italy

Bruno Cassaglia from Quiliano, a small town in the province Savona, sent a mixed lot of things. He included a text that proved rather enigmatic. It starts with the lines Quanti cieli oltre i cieli posso pensare?Quali altri universi impermiabili?Solo Dio lo sasolosolosolo mi sento solo Translated: How many skies beyond the skies can IContinue reading “A Mixed Lot from Italy”

Infierno reciente

“El viaje de Dante. ¿Quién lo ha visto? fue una convocatoria de arte correo organizada por el Grupo de Tartarugacorreo y Stella Maris Velasco. En Marzo de 2022 llegaron a Argentina 140 obras de artistas de 30 países. La primera muestra, realizada por Maya López Muro, fue expuesta en el Museo de Arte Contemporáneo “BeatoContinue reading “Infierno reciente”

Inspired by Leonard Cohen

When it comes to David L. O’Nan, a lot of people know what he is doing, while it is difficult to imagine, how he finds the time and the energy for all these activities. He is a poet and a writer of stories whose works have been published in books and literary magazines. Together withContinue reading “Inspired by Leonard Cohen”

Last Home

This large card is a work of Raphael Nadolny, who lives in the small Polish town of Mosina. The picture shows a catholic priest visiting a jewish cemetery in 1946. Nadolny calls the photocopy with colored gravestones an archeology of culture.

Hungarian Online Gallery

Ervin Zsubori, the mastermind behind Arnolfini’s Archives, is a man for all seasons: artist, photographer, economist, sociologist, journalist, poet and more. In the mail art community he is known for his collections on Arnolfini Mini[e]MailArt. He regularly sends out calls for themed calls. They are quite challenging because the solutions have to fill an areaContinue reading “Hungarian Online Gallery”

Two Dreamers

This is once again a cooperative piece, consisting of a watercolor painting and a poem. Together they tell the story of two persons who reciprocally appear in their dreams. By the time you read this, the card should have already reached the Canadian mail artist Awyn.

Thomas Nemec: Druckgrafik 2022

Mit Leidenschaft

Den Thomas Nemec kenne ich seit, also das ist gar nicht mehr wahr, wie man in Wien sagt. Getroffen haben wir uns in einem wunderbaren, unterirdischen Etablissement namens Club Hoffnungslos. Das war ein selbstverwaltetes Refugium in der damaligen Ödnis Floridsdorfs, das auch Leute aus der Umgebung anzog, weil in der Brigittenau und der Donaustadt damalsContinue reading “Mit Leidenschaft”

Arte rupestre en el Perú

El libro Chumbivilcas – arte rupestre y paisajes sagrados del autor Rainer Hostnig llena un vacío en la investigación arqueológica no sólo en el Perú. Por su difícil acceso y la carencia de obras monumentales de la época incaica, el patrimonio arqueológico de la región no fue objeto de excavaciones o iniciativas de protección hastaContinue reading “Arte rupestre en el Perú”

Procedimentum, Victor Nubla, Gerald Jatzek's hommage

Spanish Avant-Garde

The Revista-Fanzine Procedimentum is an annual magazine with contributions in Spanish and English that combines in-depth articles about experimental and avant-garde music with mail art and links to sound and music archives. The 6th edition is dedicated to the oeuvre of Víctor Nubla (1956-2020), composer, musician, writer and visual artist from Barcelona. Nubla is knownContinue reading “Spanish Avant-Garde”

Dadaistic Card

The postcard from the French mail artist Zack leaves much space fore interpretations. E.g., the text on the right side says: 20h combattimento. La théorie du cygne noir. In English: 20:00 fighting. The theory of the black swan. Other crumbs of text refer to a young conductor and to the story of Tristan and IseultContinue reading “Dadaistic Card”

The beatification of Karl I Habsburg

Air in Asturias

The city of Avilés in Spain invited creatives from around the world to participate in the VI International Avilés Mail Art Exhibition, themed El Aire (the air). The exhibition in the Palacio de Valdecarzana features works by artists from 42 nations. It closes on January 14th. In cooperation with the city’s Department of Culture, theContinue reading “Air in Asturias”

Looking Back

2021 was, once again, special, insofar as Austria had two covid lockdowns. Hence, a lot of public cultural activities were cancelled. Gerald played a few concerts and held some readings, and they had one opportunity to join forces, with Gabriele reading and Gerald on guitar, mandolin and harps. A highlight was without a doubt Gabriele’sContinue reading “Looking Back”

Spanish Entrance

Arnolfini Mini[e]MailArt is a Hungarian initiative that has been collecting digital mail art since 2008. The current exhibition no.57 is dedicated to doorways. It features – among others – works by Reid Wood (USA), Gülşah Özdemir (Turkey), and Gerald Jatzek (from left to right). Gerald’s Porta Granadina is based on a photo that he madeContinue reading “Spanish Entrance”

Poesiebrifkasten und Kalender

Poesie-Kalender

Jeden Monat wählt die Münchner Initiative Poesiepostkasten ein Gedicht aus, das in einem Schaufenster der Stadtbibliothek Gasteig ausgestellt wird. Zusätzlich erscheint am Ende des Jahres ein Kalender mit den prämierten Beiträgen. Geralds Gedicht Die Zeit war das Gedicht des Monats im Jänner 2021 und ist im Kalender für 2022 enthalten. Den gibt es in derContinue reading “Poesie-Kalender”

Alle Lieder sind schon da

Yesterday’s News

Sometimes yesterday’s news can be quite exciting. While searching for children’s songs I stumbled over the recordings of an excellent choir from Germany. I checked their playlist – and found one of my poems that has been set to music by the composer Claudia Nicolai. Of course, I knew the song. But I had neverContinue reading “Yesterday’s News”

Night Sky

It was a very nice surprise to find a letter from Canada on my return to Vienna. Inside a found a drawing by Awyn in the mail . I looked at it and a poem by Paul Lawrence Dunbar (1872-1906) came into my mind. I only had a vague memory of the text, but whenContinue reading “Night Sky”

Chaos & More

Three item were sent to Jean-Philippe Gini in Belgium. He should have already received them. The title of Gabriele’s watercolor painting that you see on this page is chaos. Gerald added one of his pangolin postcards and a poem about a fantasy animal, surrounded by a drawing (or the other way round, who knows).

Säe Hoffnung (Cover)

Haiku, bibliophil

Eine bibliophile Anthologie hat Ingo Cesaro herausgebracht: 372 Haiku , die mit Bleilettern gesetzt, auf Werkdruckpapier gedruckt und mit japanischer Blockheftung per Hand gebunden wurden. Es ist schön, in einem Band mit Kolleginnen wie Klara Hurkova und Barbara Zeizinger vertreten zu sein. Ingo Cesaro: Säe Hoffnung aus, Neue Cranach Presse, Kronach 2021.Bestellungen beim Verlag. DerContinue reading “Haiku, bibliophil”

Future Art

Kunstraum Reuter in Berlin not only organized an exhibition, curated by Lutz Anders; they also produced a calendar with works of 176 artists from all over the place. This means that you can remember the future (the theme of the call) the whole year 2022. Part of the publication is a combination of watercolor &Continue reading “Future Art”

Jay Block

Delay…

Jay Block’s Collage reached Vienna some weeks ago, but it was only after my return from Crete that I found it.

Preisverleihung an Gabriele Müller

Preis für Gabriele Müller

Der diesjährige Literaturpreis Fit for Life wurde im Rahmen einer Veranstaltung an der Sigmund Freud Privatuniversität an Gabriele Müller vergeben. Mit dem Preis wird die künstlerische Auseinandersetzung mit den Themen Sucht und Abhängigkeit gewürdigt. Die Autorin überzeugte die Fachjury (Margit Niederhuber, Manfred Chobot, Gerhard Ruiss) mit der Kurzgeschichte Emil, die mit surrealen Bildern Innen- und AußenweltContinue reading “Preis für Gabriele Müller”

Jean-Philippe Gini

Lots of Things

Jean-Philippe Gini from Belgium sent a bunch of small things, prints, readymades, stamps, and photocopies from mail art that he has collected. It all arrived in an envelope made from magazine pages, and it wasn’t all that easy to find the least destructive method to open it. But now it’s all here on the table.

Traveling Exhibition

Finally, the “Post” Pandemic Mail Art Exhibit has come to Europe. The works of artists from 22 countries form a street art exhibition in Aiud, Romania. Among the exhibits is Gerald’s satirical take on the return of medieval views on the world. The cross-continental art exchange has been organized by the Inter-Art Foundation of theContinue reading “Traveling Exhibition”

books

From a Torn Poster…

Fevers of the Mind is an online magazine and an edition that publishes poetry books. You may have heard about the anthologies Fevers of the Mind 5: Overcome (2021), The Poets of 2020 (2021) and Avalanches in Poetry  (poetry inspired by Leonard Cohen, 2019). Recently, editor David L. O’Nan made an Interview with Gerald JatzekContinue reading “From a Torn Poster…”

Fascinating Cooperations

Sharon Silverman is an artist and an art instructor. She regularly combines forces with other visual artists to produce books that show art in conversation. In these volumes she responds to works of other artists, an approach that gives the reader / viewer the opportunity to understand her analysis of the works in a direct,Continue reading “Fascinating Cooperations”

Music in Agia Galini

Οnce again in Agia Galini, Crete, the place where you may achieve a state of tranquility (γαλήνη). That doesn’t necessarily mean you stay silent all the time. Gerald played the guitar and the piccolo mandolin at Zorbas Cafe And Wine Bar.Why this really tiny mandolin? Because airlines nowadays tend to charge a fortune for transportingContinue reading “Music in Agia Galini”

Art in the Window

Morice Marcuse is the organizer of a mailart exhibition in shopping windows (l’arte va in vetrina) in the Italian town of Carrara under the title Love – Freedom – Solidarity. He invited artists from all over the place to reflect on the theme contextualizing it in their socio-geographical framework. Gabriele and Gerald contributed the jointContinue reading “Art in the Window”

Add & Pass: This Flight

Here are three some details of an add&pass project that was started by Keith S. Chambers (USA). The other participants are Margaret Jeddry (Canada), Gerald Jatzek (Austria), Luís Filipe Gomes (Portugal) and Gabriele Müller (Austria).

Bild-Gedicht

Zwischen 3. und 16. August 2021 fand die erste Mail-Art-Ausstellung auf Naxos statt. Beim Resist Mail Art Festival auf der griechischen Insel konnte man nicht nur Bilder anschauen, man konnte bei Workshops auch selbst tätig werden. Abgerundet wurde das Ganze durch Konzerte mit Conteh Dauda, Laurel Kortinas, Thanassis Koutsonas und MC Yinka. Gabriele und GeraldContinue reading “Bild-Gedicht”

Calligraphy from France

Richard Baudet from Marseille has been active as a mail artist for about 10 years. He sent this wonderful piece of calligraphy & more with stamps from the bureau philatelique. As he states, “this is mailart, not art by mail“ Merci bien!

No Headaches!

This is a very nice confirmation mail from CEPAG in Belgium. They are working on an exhibition with titled Words against system headaches / Words for new utopias. Update 12/2021: The exhibition has been delayed until 2022.

A Great Envelope

Thank you, Sylvia Dubois, for your art and for the fantastic envelope and the photos!

Joint Efforts

On July 18, 2021 Gerald and Gabriele were invited for a concert & poetry reading to the Halme Hof in Rohrendorf. Gerald played a mix of his own songs and international tunes in different languages. Gabriele entertained with her stories about ordinary people — which sometimes tend to be the strangest folks you can imagine.

Music from Norway

Gunn Nordheim Morstøl sent a very nice letter and and a collage that includes a guitar player. I wish I still had hair that long and full…

Being Illegal

On Refugee Day we want to tell you a story in form of a song. On 27 August 2015 Austrian police discovered a truck along the A4 highway in Austria and found 71 deceased illegal migrants, including eight children. All persons had suffocated within hours of boarding. There were no survivors. Years before, Gerald had writtenContinue reading “Being Illegal”

Mythological Creature

The Chimaera (Χίμαιρα) was an ancient Greek monster. According to mythology it consists of a lion with a goat’s head on its back and a tail in the form of a snake.Similar creatures existed in the beliefs other civilizations as well, e.g. the Indus people and Ancient Egypt. Over time the term chimera has comeContinue reading “Mythological Creature”

An Eye for an Eye

Ojo por ojo, or: an eye for an eye was the theme of a mail call by the Spanish artist Felipe Lamadrid. The exhibition in Cádiz in the autonomous community Andalusia features more than 200 works, among them two colored pencil drawings by Gabriele Müller.

Flowers by Gabriele Müller

Eastbound Flowers

Beautiful flowers are the subject of the Renoca Lobo Art Gallery’s call for mail art. Well, since Vincent van Gogh’s sunflowers every artist has drawn or painted flowers at some point of his career. The gallery on the Philippines will receive tons of cards and letters, we suppose. The flowers on Gabriele’s colored pencil drawingContinue reading “Eastbound Flowers”

Music in Prison

Love, Freedom, Solidarity is the theme of an exhibition Carrara. The town in northern Italy is known for its wonderful marble – and its revolutionary traditions since the 1890s.  In 1968 Carrara saw the foundation of the International Federation of Anarchists (IFA). Our contribution consists of Gabriele’s watercolor painting and Gerald’s poem about Greek prisoners that escapeContinue reading “Music in Prison”

From Russia With Stamps

Russia may as well be a synonym for poetry: Pushkin, Yesenin, Mayakovsky, Akhmatova, Mandelstam, Blok… Not all of them fall into the category great Russian soul. Vladimir Maykovsky, for instance, says in his epitaph for Sergei Esenin who commited suicide in the hotel Angleterre, writing his last poem with his own blood: “…maybe, if thereContinue reading “From Russia With Stamps”

a photo collage by Anna Krieps

Very Nice Feedback

The people behind the call Send me Your Light didn’t simply acknowledge our contribution. Anna Krieps sent us a thank-you note in the form of a photo collage. The number of the stamp says that this is mail art piece #567 in 2021! Now, that’s what you call industrious. A big hand for Anna.

Looking Back

The literary association Podium was founded 50 years ago. The anniversary issue of its magazine is devoted to the seventies.

Send in the Dolphins

Send me your light will be the title of an exhibition in Berlin’s Kunstraum Reuter in autumn 2021. The contribution of Gabriele and Gerald is a combination of watercolor & text in the form of a haiku. The work takes the point of sea creatures that are able to dive into the lightless depths ofContinue reading “Send in the Dolphins”

Stamps from the States

We received a couple of his stamps from Thomas Brown. We especially like this one. It has a touch of DADA to it, don’t you think so.

Schubert’s Colors

Coming back to Vienna I found this drawing by Luís Filipe Gomes from Portugal who loves to listen to the music of Franz Schubert. You can see the colors of the Eb major Trio which was first performed in Schubert’s concert  in the hall of the Vienna Musikverein on 26 March 1828.

A Palimpsest

A palimpsest is a manuscript page, from which the original text has been scraped or washed off, so that the page could be reused for another document. Gabriele and Gerald used the form for a combination of watercolor and ink with asemic writing; i.e., without semantic content. You can find examples in works of PaulContinue reading “A Palimpsest”

A Letter from Euskadi

Mikel Untzilla is a very active mail artist. He sent a combination of stamps that characterize the current year. (Let’s hope it will get better.) He maintains a facebook presence with art from all over the place.

A Baby’s Wheels

“Art is the most beautiful answer to the questions of the world”, says Ervin Zsubori, who is the driving force behind Arnolfini’s Archives. The Hungarian art project specializes in small-scale e-mail art. 600×600 px is all the space you get to make your contribution to one of his thematic online exhibitions. Thus, the contributions areContinue reading “A Baby’s Wheels”

The Medieval Presence

The corona pandemic has revealed the actual dimension of irrationality in our, well, modern societies.  Be it the believers of the theory that Bill Gates has caused COVID, be it president Trump who suggested injecting disinfectant as a treatment, the medieval times and their beliefs seem quite near. As the Washington Post put it: No vaccineContinue reading “The Medieval Presence”

Free Birds…

Free as a bird (in Dutch: Vrij als een vogel) ist the title of an exhibition of postcards in The Hague / Den Haag which (hopefully) will take place in autumn 2021. The collaborative work of Gerald an Gabriele consists of a painting and a tongue-in-cheek-poem titled A Rare Song. The second of five printsContinue reading “Free Birds…”

Baumstachler

Es gibt jede Menge Gedichte über Katzen, Hunde, Löwen, Kängurus, sogar Flöhe, aber der Baumstachler ist bisher leer ausgegangen. Dabei ist er ein durchaus poetischer Kerl.

Eveline Urban

Virtual Exhibition

Due to corona the exhibition of Gabriele Müller and Eveline Urban in the Gallery Spektakel had to be cancelled. Instead, you can visit a virtual exhibition of their watercolor paintings on YouTube.

Drawing & Writing

The Piccola Galleria Resistente in Naples will show the exhibition Veni Volti Veni for 13 days. Afterwards you will still find the exhibits on Instagram. This is the first exhibition to show one of the cooperative works of Gabriele and Gerald, a combination of a poem and a drawing, version #3 of 3, to beContinue reading “Drawing & Writing”

Viennese Artist

Thomas Nemec, painter and printmaker, started the new year with art prints that he distributed among his friends. Nemec is an established artist and printmaker whose works have been shown in solo exhibitions in a dozen European countries. There is more information about Thomas Nemec in the German Wikipedia.

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