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MTS CMB artistamps 2nd Edition

Sometime in 2014 or 2015, Matthew Stolte of Madison, Wisconsin, created a TRASHPO collage and mailed it to me as mailart. [More of Matthew’s work, which also includes paint and stencils, or found objects coated with paint and used as stamps, can be seen at his blog by clicking HERE.] Matthew often advocates in his artwork for less plundering of our oceans and less water pollution, and this message comes through in many parts of his TRASHPO piece and other mailart and smallpress leaflets/books which he publishes.

After a long period had passed, this trashpoem resurfaced and caught my attention as something ripe for collaboration. I wanted to focus in on smaller areas, and dividing the sheet into a grid seemed the way to go, which meant to me that it was good material for an artistamp sheet.

This is actually a SECOND (revised) EDITION, date stamped today by hand on each stamp, and it is a LTD Edition because I only had FIVE perforated sheets to put through my inkjet printer. (Side note: I spray my inkjet printed sheets with UV protection.)

The FIRST edition was fifteen artistamp sheets and did NOT include the rubber stamped words I added to each image — only two of those sheets had the hand stamped words/phrases. Matthew may have made copies of the one I sent him that had my rubber stamped words/phrases, but those copies were not perforated sheets.

Reformatting each stamp enabled my rubber stamped word/phrase to fit within the block and a few visual composition details were added along the way, also MTB CMB are noted on each individual stamp. A third and larger edition may be in the offing later this year when I have more perforated sheets. Darlene Altschul (a California mailartist around my age) has been perforating a ream of A4 sized blank artistamp sheets for me for awhile now, as time permits, mailing them to me in small batches at a time. Physical perforations vs. graphic perforations are kind of a luxury, but they really add class, plus I’ve figured out a system for the printing my square format stamps on these A4 size sheets sheets.

The above posted scan is a low resolution image of the entire sheet, and unfortunately has a pink/gray color cast. In an effort to show you more detail, here is a slideshow of the individual stamps. There are 24 different artistamps and the slideshow gives more detail at larger than actual size against the actual white background. They feel like mini-abstract paintings to me, though the different forms of text (scribbling, found text from advertisements, rubber stamped words) add a poetic dimension.

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Go to my Etsy Site if interested in purchasing one of these limited edition accordian books:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/cmehrlbennett

These works were created for one side of a collaborative accordian book. The other side involved one long horizontal collaborative work.

JMB CMB accordian side two (Click image to view large)

Only six copies of this book exist right now. 3.5″ ht. x 17″ length unfolded.

Xray-Vision-collaborative-accordian-book  JMB CMB accordian cover

overview of Asemic Shadows with Cheryl PennCheryl Penn is an artist living in South Africa. See her book arts at THIS BLOG

We have exchanged mail art and have done a collaborative book together once before. This time Cheryl mailed six original 3.5 x 2.5 inch sections of a painting she did, along with a color photo of the original full sized painting. I scanned the six painted pieces and digitally dissected the color photo to create more page images for our book. Then I added my linear pictoglyphs, using her paintings as inspiration.

 

I inkjet printed nine of these, sprayed with UV protective coating, added varying collage elements, and different cord colors and beads to secure the book shut for storage. It was a real pleasure to work with Cheryl Penn’s painting for my fourth collaborative accordian book. Another version of my own glyph accordian book is available on ETSY (click here if interested).

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Note: Shawn McMurtagh’s text is in lower part of each page.

Below is a related “Little Stories” YouTube video.

Taking turns with one person arranging letters while the other reads them, John M. Bennett and C. Mehrl Bennett create and perform two visual poems. The words and phrases are nonsense and asemic by turns, with occasional recognizable words.

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