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Fold

Consult the dismembered
table laid with
tiny fingers and Q-Tips

Believe in yesterday's
trash which to
morrow was a wall
wrote on

No surprises, only silver
linings on a lake where
the sunk dust re
members you

as an origami animal

__________

Foot Where 

Your shoe your g 
ristle have sock w 
ill ravel ork I 
f lavor all the t 
una en salada l 
eft in the compost buc 
ket with your under 
wear your legs and 
eye poked out t 
o smile a slice 
of lox shaped like l 
ips on mayo or a 
foot sliding from 
a plastic bag for 
nothing here I  
s any use to a sh 
oe 

__________

Imbecile

Do you think?
Do you slow?
Why for art?
Why is air?
Is it said?
Is your moon?
This is why.
That is sky.
You are Tuesday.
You are whistle.
Feneck too layee.
Indendt nor clumb.

__________

Neck of Nails

Dots blood or
corn beneath
the fingernails
inside my pocket
change the faucet
comb the sink
mock the ring
miss the sway
will be what it
ching yesterday
as nails hit the
driveway and
your neck was
opened like a bird
__________

Pocket Chuff

too many piles
too many miles
too many faces
too many names
too many words
too many turds

too much dirt
too much shirt
too few actions
too few snores
two flights of stares
two nights of flares

stuffed in my pocket
chuffed in my ear
__________

Speak

Change the fone in
habitation
loose neck dung in
mistletoe yr
flat shape yr reek
convection spoke
of moats between the
lines in yr palms he
ld up before the d
usty air duct they
behave like couch po
tatoes with speech ball
oons for hands no air be
hind the picture frames
__________
Series of Six Collaborative Poems
John M. Bennett & C. Mehrl Bennett
December 19, 2015

DADA LEGS

Posted: December 13, 2015 in Uncategorized

Three years on the market; Sold my Dada’s House

Over the Sofa/ Under the Skin/ Inside the Head

Staten Island Flux Walk

WHY HISTORY?

ART HERE NOW

WINDOW LOST

DADA FOUND

DO COLLAGE?

OIL SKY SALE

SKY HOLE LEFT

LOST SEA MIRTH

WHY A EYE?

REAL HISTORY

SALE LOST YET

DO DATE LEG

NOW WHY ICE?

SKY LOST SELF

EYE STOP WINDOW

HINDO MIRTH

WHY A EAR?

ART NOW HEARS

LOST FARTS

YET FOR SALE

STOP THE SEA?

FOUND LEG TODAY

COLLAGE LOST BUT

DON’T LOSE SELF

YIN A YEAR?

REAL SALE LOST

DO ART WINDOW

EYE YANG STOP

WHY WORDS NOW?

FOUR LEGS YET

SEA ICE FLOATS

A COLLAGE IS FOUND

WHY OIL MIRTH?

SEE REAL SKY

FOR SKY YET

FINDS A LIFE

DO LEGS MIRTH?

SEA LEFT WAVES

COLLAGE IS A STORY

OF LOST DADA LIVES

CMB 12/13/2015

Do Not Buy Fruit
rubber stamps
or a gun

Do Not Buy Olives
dentures
or a photograph

Do Not Buy Fish
shoes
or a hat

Do Not Buy Bread
books
or a cat

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This article by Allan Revich [AR] was originally published on the Digital Salon Fluxus Blog at http://www.digitalsalon.com/lets-talk-about-fluxus/

Please go to the Digital Salon blog to read the full article.

Here are a few AR out takes with my comments as [CMB] and an excerpt from Wikipedia:

AR……”John Cage was not a Fluxus artist, and he had nothing directly to do with the founding of Fluxus. But he had one really cool idea that made Fluxus (and most art of every kind after his idea) possible. Cage realized that music (he was a composer) was all just sound waves in air.”…….. “A composer, or musician, or artist could organize sound waves in whatever way they wanted, and they could use whatever tools they wanted to, to organize those sound waves. It wasn’t a great leap from there to the idea that visual art was subject to the same thinking.”

[CMB] For my own take on the above out take about Cage from Revich’s essay, first watch this YouTube video of John Cage as he performs his WATER WALK score for a studio audience on national television: Water Walk  -So even though Allan Revich does not call Cage one of the founders of Fluxus, it is obvious that Cage was influenced by the artists performing what were called “happenings” and events during the milieu of the New School where Cage was teaching, and some of his students DID identify themselves as fluxus artists.

From Wikipedia article about Fluxus artist, Dick Higgins: “With the poet Jackson Mac Low, another soon-to-be Fluxus artist George Brecht, and the two innovators of Happenings, Allan Kaprow and Al Hansen, Higgins studied composition with John Cage at the New School of Social Research in New York in the late 1950s. During this time Higgins began to produce the first scores for events that rework everyday activities into performances that may or may not incorporate music.[“] 

[CMB] Cage’s ideas about music having to do with “being present in the everyday moments of time” and the beginnings of INTER-media (opening up to cross-practices, cross-media pollination, experimental collaborations that explode boundaries between the traditional artistic fields) are NEW TOOLS of composition that Cage was using and, as Allan points out, “..made Fluxus (and most art of every kind after his idea) possible.”

AR……”In the early 1960s a group of artists, led mostly by George Maciunas and Dick Higgins coalesced around the idea of Intermedia. The idea that art created in the spaces in which different media intersect would be more interesting than art confined to any single medium. George organized the first ever Fluxus Festival in Wiesbaden, Germany in 1962.” …… “The salient point is that, at least until the death of Maciunas in 1978, the IDEA of Fluxus and the PEOPLE of Fluxus were one and the same.
Then things get complicated.”…………

AR……”Dick [Higgins] explicitly rejected a notion that limited Fluxus to a specific group of people who came together at a specific time and place. Dick wrote, “Fluxus is not a moment in history, or an art movement. Fluxus is a way of doing things, a tradition, and a way of life and death.” ” ….. … http://www.iade.pt/designist/issues/001_07.html

AR……”Personally, I believe that the work and ideas of the leading Fluxus artists of the 1960s will easily withstand the tests of time.” ………….
PS: A HUGE shoutout to Yoko Ono is due here. Not only was she one of the most interesting and influential original Fluxus artists but she continues to support Fluxus Art and artists past, present, and future.”

Revich and Buchholz

Allan Revich and Keith Buchholz

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For the past year I’ve mostly posted small, hand-made accordian books at my Etsy website, and have sold out of all but one of them. Recently, I had an itch to make earrings since I’d been accumulating some interesting beads, including skull beads. The Facebook response to a photo with those skull earrings, including a link to my Etsy site, made me realize there might be a niche market for skull bead jewelry. Who knew? So I’ve posted two more styles of skull earrings (both have options for variations) to my Etsy site. But then again, it might just be a fluke.
Still, just in case someone reading this blog post wants to check out my Etsy site, where I’ve included detailed descriptions of the earring materials, you can go to:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/CMehrlBennett

I’m going to post an image of a recent perforated sheet of artistamps I made because it also involves SKULLS. (I’ll even post it for sale at my Etsy site, Elliott Jenkins… HA!) NOTE: The “O cents” refers to “non-sense”…

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The ANTI-BRAIN ROT mailart exhibit was hosted during Roanoke VA’s 2015 AFTER MAF (After Marginal Arts Festival – an AFTER effect from the now defunct annual Marginal Arts Festival)

These are BUT A FEW of the many submissions recieved from all over the world.
Wilhelm Katastrof (alias Tomislav Butkovic) will be mailing documentation out.
Tomislav is pictured behind the glass in this photo of postcards on french door window panes.
Mailart was also hung from clips on strings in one room, and spread out on tables in both rooms.
W Katastrof at home
During the opening last weekend, Reid Wood performed the “Xeno’s Donut” score, Tomislav played an audio CD collaged from various contributors (edited & mailed by Mark Sonnenfeld), and the cat went in and out.

MORE PHOTOS from AFTER MAF performances & events, plus detailed descriptions (including descriptions for the mailart in this slideshow) can be found in my Flickr album by clicking HERE but ALSO see ALOT of video documentation of performances that took place at ART RAT STUDIO by clicking HERE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


https://www.etsy.com/shop/cmehrlbennett
Link to my Etsy site where you can view my accordian book titled: FOURTEEN PICTOGLYPH STORIES, created using a series of artistamps I made from the initial series of pictoglyphs, where some of these images originated.
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Full discloser about TV CLUB image: My spouse, John M. Bennett, originated the phrase TV CLUB a few decades ago as a rubber stamp on flourescent orange stickers.

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I have uploaded my jpegs at rubberstamps.net and ordered this set of rubber stamps to use on my mailart! The TV CLUB rubber stamp became a little gift to my husband on our 35th wedding anniversary.
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