MinXus Mail Bag: Asemic cut-up by Claudia McGill (Wyncote, Pennsylvania, USA)

A mail art postcard with a message.

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Mail-art by Claudia McGill (Wyncote, Pennsylvania, USA)

Dear friend and ever-faithful correspondent Claudia McGill sent us this brilliant piece that favors our own interest in asemic writing that is composed, at least in part, on a randomness principle.

As we hope the scan reveals, Claudia composed this postcard-size work by overlaying strips of (mostly) cursive writing in a relatively linear pattern upon a foundation of more cursive writing. We note that this “cut-up” technique (see William S. Burroughs) was employed by a number of artists who participated in the monumental Asemics 16 collaborative book project in 2011-12. This process creates new symbols and textual forms, all of which could not possibly have been anticipated. We find the result very impressive.

Friends know that Claudia McGill is capable of using an astonishingly wide range of aesthetic approaches to produce pleasing results. For this piece, she looks back to her gritty roots…

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