Large archive of mail art. Bruce Short, Kevin Wildermuth, Stevie Webb, Pseudonym.
Large archive of mail art
Large archive of mail art
Large archive of mail art
Large archive of mail art
Large archive of mail art
Large archive of mail art

Large archive of mail art

Seattle: RXS R-Kives, 1980s-2010s.

A large archive consisting of 55 pieces of mail art in various formats, some with multiple extra pieces of art inside. Most pieces are addressed to Portland, Oregon author Jeff Stookey and his partner Ken, sent from Seattle by Wildermuth and Webb, often under the collective pseudonym "Bruce Short." Wildermuth's photos and artwork have been exhibited throughout the Pacific Northwest many times since 1977 in both solo and group shows. Generally Near Fine with very little wear despite all pieces having been mailed; a few envelopes open and contents shifted, possibly lost in a very few instances.

This collection of mail art includes postcards and envelopes stuffed with artwork, as well as unusual items such as an actual stock certificate, a painted duck decoy, a piece of balsawood with a hole cut out mimicking a peephole, a "Big Brother is Watching" day calendar with laminated cards for one's wallet, "perspective correcting" spectacles, a small Chinese food container, and "spam maps" constructed from sponges and plastic plants. One piece titled "Dreamhouse" is a fold-out painting on cardboard with stamps and objects glued to it.

Some of the pieces are political in nature and very clever; for instance a 2008 "Campaign Survival Kit" in a tin includes a clothespin with the instructions "1. Clip on nose 2. Vote," an upside down American flag pin in an original stamped sleeve with the tagline "Show Your Distress," a fake $1000 bill with a magnifying glass and the instruction "Follow the money," Swiftwipes brand towlettes to clean up mudslinging, candidate bingo, and plastic grass "grassroots."

An intimate chronicle of a friendship between two Pacific Northwestern couples in the form of art, spanning decades. Item #140940269

Price: $450.00