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Brain Cell

April 29th, 2009

The raccoon made it to Japan, and here he is in his new home:

Brain Cell

Mail art project by Ryosuke Cohen

Postbook: A mail art zine project

March 2nd, 2009

I’ve been wanting to do another zine lately, but I have far too many avenues for the control freak in me as it is.  So I’m starting a project called “Postbook” which will use the postal system to gather contributions for a collaborative art zine, using an add-and-pass traveling hard copy.

Each person contributes their art to a section of the hard-copy, writing their mailing address on the back of that section, and then they send the whole thing to someone else.  When it comes back to me, I’ll put the hard copy together and photocopy and bookletize it into a zine.  The zine will have an address index in the back.  Each contributor will be sent a copy, and I’ll distribute the rest via zine networks (mail order, zineswaps, festivals, donating to libraries.)  Then people who receive the zine can get involved in mail art by sending stuff to the contributors.

So, if you want to participate, you have to send me something.  I have a few mailing lists that I work off of, one of which is the Amorphous International Mail Art Network on Facebook, but I’ll always first send stuff to people I’ve received stuff from.  I’ll most likely start an online archive for the project on Detritus, but in keeping with the theme of that site, you would have to stumble on it accidentally.

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Minneapolis MN 55408

I Biked

February 25th, 2009

I sent out some photocopy art as a new mail art project, but I was limited by the number of stickers I had:

I Biked

When I worked at the Target HQ, they had these stickers in the bike storage room that said “I Biked,” to promote biking to work. I took a small strip of them, and just used my last three sending out these photocopies of bike shadows.

Raccoon going to Japan

February 22nd, 2009

raccoon for brain cell

I’m sending my raccoon to Japan to get in on a brain cell.

Animals are in the mail

February 17th, 2009

The clear animal stickers are now part of a mail art project, being sent two at a time (one affixed to a clear CD like you get when you buy CDRs, the other ready to be stuck anywhere), raccoons and rabbits, in reused and collaged Netflix envelopes to mail art participants:

Mail Art

Restraint in Art and Life

December 19th, 2008

So I have this idea, and it involves incorporating art into your everyday lifestyle, as opposed to the other way around where you build your lifestyle to make room for art.  I guess that means throwing out your preconceived notions about the creative process and letting the circumstances of your existence dictate the details like when, where, for how long, what materials to use, etc. It’s not my natural line of thought, but over the years I’ve come to realize that you can’t discipline creativity.  It’s best to approach the creative process on it’s terms, not yours.  So many tracks for Exits + Obstacles, I would run my wheels into the ground working on them only to find that the song was uninspired to begin with.

So with a new approach to the division between art and life, I’m beginning to exercise my visual muscles again.  I decided on one simple rule as I create new pieces:  whatever you do, limit it.  If I decide I like newsprint, make one drawing and put it away.  If one photo looks really cool photocopied, it doesn’t mean I should gather ten of them and then go to Kinko’s.  My new idea is restraint.  When you really like something, it’s best to take a few steps back from it whenever you can.  Let it breathe and be itself.  Anytime you try to overuse something, it’ll become something it’s not.  Of course, I’m not just talking about art here!

Anyway, there’s theory and practice.  We’ll see where the line is drawn on that one.  There’ll be a running set of images on my Flickr page as this progresses.

Cartoon Animals on the World

December 17th, 2008


Animals on clear sticker paper. If you want some just email your address to me. They go anywhere they shouldn’t.  Here’s the project in action via Amtrak to DC.