Guido Vermeulen's mail art envelopes are like worlds into themselves and at the same time they are part of the much larger whole.
(a comment by NANCY BELL SCOTT, USA, on the IUOMA network)
Guido's paintings are like finding images in the clouds
(a comment by Kathleen D. Johnson, USA, on IUOMA)
(a comment by Kathleen D. Johnson, USA, on IUOMA)
Guido does not paint monsters but spirits and ghosts, full of love, tenderness and compassion
(LIZA LEYLA during a conversation, Belgium)
His ability to express emotions through painting is a beautiful gift. Allowing oneself to feel sadness is the most direct route through grief. His paintings feel peaceful and kind.
(STEPHEN WALKER, USA)
My life is shifting... Your work is intangible, ethereal, cosmically rewarding. i eat it up & savor it like a great sandwich! It made my day!
(Lisa PEREZ, USA, on IUOMA)
Thank you for the TALISMAN painting on the envelope. It is real cool and creepy at the same time. I haven’t seen a piece of abstract capture such as pain and emotion so well since I visited the museum of art in Toledo. Bravo!
(Sarah Jo Pender, USA, from the Indiana Women’s Prison)
I suppose you could characterize Guido's painting style as expressionist. I know he is very interested in dreams as a source for art and poetry, and these particular chapter pages seem like shadowy dream corridors filled with shifting images and scenes. The Michaux quotes work as a counterpoint, Guido's art is taking over when the limits of language have been reached.
(De Villo Sloan, USA, on my tribute pages to Henri Michaux, see LAMUSAR blog)
Guido’s art expressions are always poems and they show us the reality of our real faces and souls (Mariana Serban, Romania)
His titles have both inspired and educated me (Alicia Starr, USA)
donderdag 30 juni 2011
A large painted envelope I mailed to Maria Fedorchuk in Russia, inspired by the song FEAR (Lily Allen). Some people are surprised I like Lily Allen, she's a pop idol with "jolly sounding songs" but if you listen to the lyrics you know she's a F ****** "submarine". She does social satire on a grand scale. The song FUCK YOU is an uppercut to the Bush administration and to all bigots and racists (but the music is pleasant and nice and happy even). The song Fear beats any Madonna lyrics.
Some lines here:
I want to be rich and I want lots of money
I don't care about clever
I don't care about funny
I want loads of clothes and fuckloads of diamonds
I heard people die while they're trying to find them
I'll take off my clothes and it will be shameless
Cause everyone knows that's how you get famous
and so on
My advise is not only to dance to Lily Allen songs but also to listen to her words, she's better today than Bob Dylan in his quest for a christian god, folks.
Lily is a rebel goddess with humor and that's how I like them !!
Oh yes, Maria has a project on "Music Lovers for Mail Art" and started a group on IUOMA around that idea.
A small painted envelope standard landscape size I mailed to Karin Greenwood in South Africa.
Title refers to a great book of poetry by one of my buddies: Jan Perquy. His second poetry book was called "A bird in an aquarium". It was a metaphor for his condition: being gay and living in a psychiatric asylum. Jan wanted to fit in and be part of the normal aquarium and of course he was not and never will be. Made me reflect on the difference of perceptions. In general artists like to be "birds in the aquarium" unless you have a serious problem and are forced to live a life in the marge of society, that changes everything... It's not a question of adaptation, Jan will never adapt, it's a longing of being part of a world that puts him in the nuthouse for reasons I don't have to explain here and I can assure you Jan writes the most incredible poems in Belgium I've ever had the opportunity to read. My conclusion: society sucks, the world sucks, what's new(s) under the sun ???
A small painted envelope I mailed to Emily Townsend, USA.
Emily has a project on goddesses (ATC size, but I'm no big fan of that size, so this is postcard size painting, sorry... no, not sorry ...)
dinsdag 28 juni 2011
Large painted envelope I mailed to Deborah Davidson in Japan. She has a rabbit mail art project. See also: Carla Cryptic, USA.
zondag 26 juni 2011
vrijdag 24 juni 2011
woensdag 22 juni 2011
Small painted envelope I mailed to Ginny Lloyd in the USA together with 3 photo's of a phone boot performance in my flat. See the blog:
This is an extra photo with a dried grass Native Americans use in cleansing rituals, they burn the grass and it has a delicious smell, forgot the name!
I received this type of dried grass and from Marilyn Dammann and from Lavona Sherarts.
Photo of an installation in my garden, ceramic piece by Louise Lavallee de Tournay surrounded by bones and stones by Guido Vermeulen.
Installation for the occasion of the project "is there life before death / mail me your soul" proposed by "E", Utopian Embassy in France.
More photos will be published on the blog
dinsdag 21 juni 2011
zondag 19 juni 2011
Large woodglue painted envelope for the cinema project of Angela Gattuso.
Okay this needs some explanation. The work is not linked with a movie but with a trilogy of horror movies made by the Italian director Dario Argento, a real genius, but not for the fainthearted ones.
He worked on the theme of the 3 mothers, symbols of all what is evil, pain and suffering in the universe:
These figures remind us of the Greec Erinyen or the Roman Furiae but not completely because these goddesses of revenge persecuted the guilty while the mothers persecute the innocent ones, so they are perhaps closer to the witches of fate in MacBeth.
They are pure evil and Argento made some incredible movies based on these characters:
SUSPIRA (in 1977)
INFERNO (in 1980)
LA TERZA MADRE aka The Mother of Tears (in 2007). With the last movie Dargento had no or little conflict with censorship; so the murders in this one are quite brutal and awful to watch!
The characters of the mothers are rooted in old litterature (the work of Thomas de Quincey, 1785-1859). In a way I like that these monsters are portrayed as mothers.
We have a sugarcoated version of mothers in our culture while reality is sometimes different. Because of that society cannot cope with mother monsters.
Mothers killing their own babies, mothers helping their pedophile husbands to rape and murder children. The case of the wife of Dutroux is "exemplary" on that level.
Small painted envelope I mailed to Henning Mittendorf in Germany to announce him the development of the blog http://cuereghemsnake.blogspot.com
A documentation on my millennium project (1999-2000) "Signs & Stones & Snakes".
To view all of Hemi's contributions click on the label "snake pits in Frankfurt am Main".
Large painted envelope, conceived for the projects "is there life before death / mail me your soul" from E, Utopian Embassy in France.
Small painted envelope I mailed to Linda Ward in the USA. She has a project on "dogs".
Today I visited with my brother Dirk his oldest son Karel in his new home.
He lives there together with his girlfriend Vanessa. Mopsy is the 10 year old dog of Vanessa. He does not look like the dog in the painting but that's not the point!
Small painted envelope I mailed to Laxmy Prasad Shahi in Nepal.
What made me mail this work to Laxmy? I saw on his blog he wanted to marry a European woman. Well, Laxmy, many European men want to marry Asian women. We live in a turmoil of crazy relations, I guess.
Small painted envelope I mailed to Jacky Charmouan in France.
Part of a serial of works brought together in a folder "living in a society"
Voluntarism is regarded as bad today. In politics it's even considered as a crime.
The lack of trust between people will suffocate a society, slowly but with great efficiency.
Small painted envelope I mailed to Karin Greenwood in South Africa.
The funny title (the cheapest pick up line of any boy or girl) came spontaneously to me when I finished the work. I like the colours, forms and mood of this envelope, though I know some will dislike it.