MAIL ART

Projects of Josh Ronsen

I have been involved with Mail Art since 1995 when I discovered it in Dan Plunkett's N D magazine. I became N D's Mail Art editor for the last couple of issues.
 
Music and sound art are my primary artisitc passions, but I receive great satisfaction from the dozen or so Mail Art projects I do every year. Assembly Zines are my favorite projects.
 
Below are projects I have organized and a few projects I have participated in. Many of the projects I organize are published as/in my music publication Monk Mink Pink Punk.

-Josh Ronsen, Austin, Texas, USA

PROJECTS I STARTED:

  1. ONGOING PROJECT: Add&Pass Cut&Paste Zine — Add & Pass pages are cut up and bound into small booklets.
  2. ONGOING PROJECT: Tiny Art Exchange — contact me for an invitation
  3. REVISING THE CENTURY — 41 artists helped me alter photos of the 20th Century.
  4. TINY BOX. 50 people submitted tiny multiples of 25. These were placed in tiny handmade boxes.
  5. MAIL ANT — Some 33 artists sent me ant art. These were turned into a poster. I have a few leftover copies available for trade for interesting publications.
  6. TACMA — in 2005 I founded the Texas Association of Concerned Mail Artists. We have done 2 group projects and are working on a third.
  7. Huxley story mutation
  8. The Pierre Boulez Project
  9. First Words Project — I asked for the first words people heard after getting my request. The responses were put in word balloons over ants.
  10. Monk Mink Pink Punk #8 — a collection of 3 Mail Art projects, “music heard in dreams,” stories using 39 words from a Lawrence Durrell novel, examples of “Josh Ronsen” written by numerous artists, friends and musicians.
  11. Index Card project — I sent card catalog/index cards to 20 mail artists. 4 returned them, filed out.
  12. Monk Mink Pink Punk #10 — an informative pamphlet: “Mail Art: Know the Dangers!”
  13. Collaborative Story — an exquisite corpse project
  14. Monk Mink Pink Punk #13 — an assembly zine on the theme “Text Play.”

 

My Online Gallery of MAIL ART

My Mail Art Archive movie

 
I was interviewed by the Austin Chronicle about Mail Art along with Honoria and Diana Garcia.
• The first (of many!) exhibits of the Tiny Art Exchange took place at Malvern Books on January 26, 2014. The event was covered by The Austin Chronicle, The Daily Texan and a video by Stephanie Vela Anderson.


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