Found Asemics by Dave Araki (New York City, USA)

Asemic vispo by Dave Araki (New York City, USA)

Dave Araki submitted these pieces for the Karnival of Trash exhibition, but I found them much more relevant to Asemic Front. These compelling images, given the distressed and weathered nature of the originals that arrived in a similarly battered envelope, appear to be found material. The notion of “Found Asemics” is, of course, another exciting genre we can hopefully explore further on Asemic Front. Thanks to Dave Araki for opening the conversation.



Asemic-Vispo Collab by Matthew Stolte (Wisconsin, USA) & De Villo Sloan (New York, USA)

Matt-DVS - 4.19.2017 - 2Collab by Matthew Stolte (Wisconsin, USA) & De Villo Sloan (New York, USA) (March 2017)


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Collab foundation by De Villo Sloan (March 2017)



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Collab by Matthew Stolte (Wisconsin, USA) & De Villo Sloan (New York, USA)

Collab foundation by De Villo Sloan (March 2017)


A primary purpose of Asemic Front is to feature some of the exciting asemic-vispo collabs currently being produced. I have long admired Matt Stolte’s work. Many of his pieces have a gritty, industrial, gothic quality that I believe have an affinity to my own pieces (especially the neo-concrete series). So this collab with Matt via snail mail has been a wonderful experience. I am thrilled to share the results.





Asemic Vispo by Allison Anne (Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA)

Mail art by Allison Anne (Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA)

Allison Anne is a gifted artist and enthusiastic Eternal Networker both via paper and digitally. She has a knowledge of music, much of which is associated with the network, that is rarely seen. So I am pleased to learn she has been inspired by asemic writing and visual poetry. This message she left at the IUOMA-Ning asemic writing group provides a context for this wonderful work she sent:

“DVS, seeing / (hearing!) / meeting the bennetts [C Mehrl and John M. Bennett], musicmaster [Thomas M. Cassidy] & others at the asemic translations event here as well as seeing the exhibition at the mn center for book arts [curated by Michael Jacobson] in mpls caused me to feel more of a connection to asemics than i did previously… and caused me to want to experiment. it was an inspiring event.” And more on the reverse side:

Thrilled to feature the one and only Allison Anne on Asemic Front!


Asemic Cut-Ups by Dorina Harangus (Hechingen, Germany)

Mail art by Dorina Harangus (Hechingen, Germany)

I have to admit that due mostly to my own limitations I am not sure of the conscious intent of this piece, if that even matters. Applying my own interpretation, though, I see a wonderful contribution to the Asemic Front in these bundled, cut-up strips.

I am not sure, for instance, if Dorina Harangus means this to be a collaboration. The piece is so elegant and self-enclosed that I cannot bring myself to make any more changes than I already have. The placement of the bundle in the envelope is extremely interesting:

The piece has a certain Trashpo vibe as well.

My problem is reading the note. If anyone can shed any light, it would be greatly appreciated.

Now back to the bundle, which is itself a material form and, with the strips, creates a syntax as well:



Asemic Calligraphy by Jan Hodgman (Washington State, USA)

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Asemic calligraphy by Jan Hodgman (Washington State, USA)

Jan Hodgman primarily creates beautiful asemic calligraphy; however, she also produces deconstructive asemic compositions and abstract art (at the shadowy borderland between asemics and abstraction). She generously shares her work through the international mail art network, and that is how this piece was obtained for Asemic Front.

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Thanks to Jan Hodgman!