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Installation Photos – Oleksiuk

Here are a few of the photos I took during the installation of the class show at Mess Hall. If anyone needs any of these photos removed, please let me know. Enjoy.


Shout Out for CHICAGOPEX 2008 – Nov 21-23, 2008

1856 Chicago ILL. to Kankakee City paid the 3 cent domestic letter rate

1856 Chicago ILL. to Kankakee City paid the 3 cent domestic letter rate

November 21-23, 2008
Hours: F 10-6, Sa 10-6, Su 10-4

Sheraton Chicago Northwest
3400 West Euclid Av
Arlington Heights, IL  60005

CHICAGOPEX 2008 is the 122nd annual exhibition of the Chicago Philatelic Society, and is annually the largest stamp show in the Midwest. Over 4800 pages of philatelic material will be on display, and 75 dealers including the United Nations Postal Administration and the United States Postal Service will be in attendance. Both the show and parking are free. This year the theme of CHICAGOPEX is “Enjoy Scandinavian Culture”, as we will be hosting the Scandinavian Collectors’ Club as well as the Mobile Post Office Society and the Auxiliary Markings Club.

The 300 frame exhibition is an American Philatelic Society “World Series of Philately” show, so the grand award winner will be eligible for the APS’ Champion of Champions in 2009. Among the exhibits are Eliot Landau’s “Lincoln, Slavery and the Civil War” which is on its way to the Smithsonian National Postal Museum to help commemorate Lincoln’s birth bicentennial in 2009. Also this year in addition to the many fine dealers (the bourse is sold out again this year), Regency-Superior will be holding an auction at the event.

If you attend one stamp show event in your lifetime, CHICAGOPEX 2008 is the place to be! I will be hanging out in the Youth Booth (Lake Ontario room) most of the time where kids can get free stamps. If you stop by, please come say “Hello”; if I am not around ask someone.

If you want to whet your appetite on postal history and philately, and those collecting disciplines’ specific relationship to mail art and artistamps, check out:

More info at:

Here is the list of the traditional exhibits; many local stamp clubs will also be participating with one-frame exhibits:

First Day Covers in the Mailstream
Auxiliary Markings of the German Colonies and Offices Abroad (CPS Member Showcase)
20th Century U. S. Auxiliary Markings Documenting Delay of, or Inability to Deliver, the Mail: The First 50 Years (Court of Honor)
Got Postage?
Twisted Caps – Twisted Mail
Post Office Forms: U. S. Registered Mail 1867-1910
Forgeries of Japanese Postage Stamps
Lithuania 1918-1944 and from 1990
Colonial Central America
Unofficial Registration of Mail in the U. S. 1845-1855
Air Letter Sheets (Aerogrammes) of Trinidad & Tobago 1943-1988
Lincoln, Slavery, and the Civil War
The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial Series of 1945-46 and Its First Day Covers
In Celebration of the Centenary of the United States – Great Britain Transatlantic Penny Post, 1 Oct. 2008
Count Zeppelin’s Airships – The Pioneer Period
The First Three U. S. Postal Issues Designed at the B.E.P. 1898-1902
‘Groszy’ Provisional Issues of Poland 1950-1952 and Their Use
German New Guinea 1888-1914
The Murder of Lidice
The Small Heads of the First Definitive Set of the USSR 1923-1927
The Sportsman – Hunter, Angler, and Trapper
Postal Artifacts of the Holocaust
German North Atlantic Catapult Airmail 1929-1935
Evolution of the American Public Library
Washington and Franklin Coils 1914 Issue Perf. 10
Washington and Franklin Coils Rotary Press Issues 1914-1922
United States Prexies – A Rate Study
Forerunners of the Holyland
Revenue Imprinted Railroad Tickets of the Spanish American War Era
Mahatma Gandhi – His Place in India and the World
Prohibition: The Road To, Through, and Out of the Noble Experiment
Christmas Dinner at the Portland Hotel, Portland, OR 1914
Straightline Cancels on Confederate General Issue Stamps
The Development of Electronic Postage
American & British Military Use of Railway Post Offices in 1898 to 1920 (CPS Member Showcase)
Imperial Postmarks of the Trans-Siberian Railroad, Chelyabiask to Manchzhyriya
Railway Postmarks of Illinois to 1882
Postmarks of the Traveling Post Offices of Luxembourg
Scandinavian Volunteers in Finland during the Winter War (CPS Member Showcase)
Scandinavian Participation in Wars of the Early Twentieth Century (CPS Member Showcase)
Danish West Indies Mail: 1748-1879 (Court of Honor)
Mail between Norway and Denmark
Denmark: Conscience, Conflict, and Camps 1932-1949
Slesvig: from Danish Duchy to Prussian Province 1587-1867
Denmark: The Christian X Issues of the 1940s and Their First Day Covers
Canceled Lund
Finnish Railway to St. Petersburg 1870-1918
Sweden – The Medallion Definitives, 1910-1919
Usage of the Ring Stationery of Finland 1891-1911
The Local Stamps of Sweden 1856-1872
The First Postage Stamps of Scandinavia – Denmark, Norway, Sweden
The Three Skilling Posthorn
Iceland: King Christian IX Issue

– Andrew Oleksiuk – Board Member – Chicago Philatelic Society

Tjebbe van Tijen’s /Scroll of Scrolls/ – Andrew Oleksiuk

For full impact, please visit the website:

(each scroll will open in a viewing window when clicked; please be patient as they load)

Tjebbe van Tijen’s Scroll of Scrolls website uses a clever curatorial style, as well as excellent display technique for an artist-collector.  Using densely populated collage, van Tijen focuses our camera-eye on vast amounts of information compacted in a small space. This serves two functions: it allows us to appreciate the scale of the work, and provides an efficient viewing mechanism for large amouts of collected visual imagery. The scroll display mechanism alludes to the earliest forms of picture writing which in turn became alphabets. Van Tijen’s studied yet lyrical approach lures the viewer into a picture-world that shows us a sophisticated grammar of communication and scales to the level of encyclopediae, archives, and knowledge taxonomies.

While many artists have dabbled in collage, gluing bits of bone, pennies or hair onto canvas, collage really takes root in 20th century modernism with Dada. Van Tijen’s montages draw from this tradition, but rather than using visual discontinuity and jarring juxtapostion, van Tijen’s scrolls are ordered and narrative in style. The scroll device reinforces the concept of narrative with its form, and is symbolic of the medium of early written language. What makes this work function well on so many levels is van Tijen’s use of rhythm. The scrolls function as texts and the images have a alphabetic quality in that each individual image evokes a singularity within the grouping. The swiss theoretician Ferdinand de Saussure (father of semiology or semiotics) noted that alphabets as collections of phonemes function as they do because each element is different. Thus in each of van Tijen’s scrolls the relatedness of the individual elements make the collection work as a sum greater than its parts. The rhythms and repetitions that permeate van Tijen’s work function as grammars that help us read the scrolls as stories. This format serves van Tijen well, as such a system can have infinite combinations, allowing him to scale the work as a collection of story objects. The creation of series in artmaking is a common convention. Variations on themes exist in nearly all media and genres. Furthermore van Tijen’s scrolls also evoke the notion that rigidly ordered texts can serve a dual function as textures.

I would contrast van Tijen’s work with a library picture classification system such as the one in use at the Harold Washington Library Center. On one hand, the accumulation of photos, advertisements and other visual material in the library is edited over time, with additions (mostly) and deletions (possibly) occurring in various categories. The librarian acts as the author of the collection. On the other hand the images are usually items of individual interest. The order of the items in individual files is random. The classification scheme functions as a finding aid, not as a grouping with meaning.

Tjebbe van Tijen’s Scroll of Scrolls uses metaphor of image as well as concepts. The structures reinforce the content with their allusion to language and communication. The linkage of collecting to artmaking is clear, and van Tijen’s use of scale metaphorically suggests the idea of archived knowledge.

Alison Knowles Lecture Wed Oct 29

Alison Knowles Lecture

Art+ Design Lecture Series, Columbia College Chicago

Oct 29, 2008

6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

623 S. Wabash Ave. room 203

Alison Knowles is a genuinely interdisciplinary artist. One of the original members of the Fluxus group in the 1960s, she was a founder of Something Else Press (with her husband Dick Higgins), the source of numerous iconic publications connected to Fluxus, including Notations, the book she edited with John Cage. Her works have encompassed performance, sound, conceptual art, sculptural work incorporating found objects, pieces made from handmade paper, printmaking, and artists’ books. Her work is collected internationally, and she has an active career as a practicing artist and as a guest lecturer and teacher. In 2008 alone, she has done residencies in New York; Minneapolis; Durham, NY; London; Cologne; Cardiff, Wales; and Genova, Italy. After her visit to Columbia College, she will be performing in Berne and Zurich, Switzerland, and have an exhibition of her series “Rake’s Progress” in Berlin.

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Java Thai – Andrew Oleksiuk

Java Thai: Neighborhood: Irving Park, 4272 W Irving Park Rd , (between Kildare Ave & Tripp Ave), near Irving Park blue line, Chicago, IL 60641, (773) 545-6200

Java Thai is a small eclectic local haunt and offers a mix of coffees, teas, Thai and American food, and desserts. The general ambience is more that of a small coffee shop than a restaurant. When its 12 tables are busy, the small mom and son (as far as I can tell) team can barely keep up. But the food is tasty, well prepared and nicely spiced if’n you like the asian chili sauce. We usually go there for nice breakfasts on bustling Saturday mornings. On this particular occasion I stopped in on a Friday late afternoon when it was nearly empty. – Andrew Oleksiuk

update – American Second Wave Feminism

Burning Bra 2008 by Andrew Oleksiuk and Ti Mosienko

Burning Bra 2008 by Andrew Oleksiuk and Ti Mosienko

“Burning Bra 2008” – artists: Ti Mosienko and Andrew Oleksiuk
September 27 – October 5, Burning Life Festival
for more information on Burning Life, visit

“Burning Bra 2008” is a 3D model and assemblage that recalls the turbulent social fervor associated with second wave feminism in the United States in the 1960’s and 1970’s. It also pokes fun at the “lingerie culture” of Second Life. Bra burning as a metaphorical performative action by “women’s libbers” is a largely a myth. However, as such it typifies the confusion of social concerns of previous decades echoed by the cultural plurality of Second Life.

American second wave feminism is defined generally as the period of feminist activity between 1960-1979. It had social, political and cultural ramifications. During a difficult time in American history, American second wave feminism was discussed, broadcast, politicized, criticized, defined and driven underground. It was also known as the women’s movement, women’s liberation and other names. It had political and social goals but was often confused in the media with a lot of other turbulent cultural goings on at the time, and occasionally grossly misunderstood and misinterpreted by the media and society.

For more information on American second wave feminism, and its purposes, complications and results, see:

To visit “Burning Bra in Burning Life 2008” in the 3D virtual world Second Life visit:
(Second Life account required).

Mail Art Supplies – Andrew Oleksiuk

When I go shopping I keep an eye peeled for mail art supplies – things that I use to repurpose into postcards or for collage for use in my mail art activity. Mail art can be seen as a irreverent commentary on certain other (clears throat) network technologies. Basically mail art supplies tend to be flat or made of thicker paper, stickers, tape or unusual marking devices and paints. Swap-O-Rama offered all but three of the items you see here; I decided to supplement my adventure with a trip to American Science and Surplus. If you’ve never been, ASS is a Chicagoland institution. They have catalog ordering and a website, but their Jefferson Park (Chicago) retail store is a frenzied wonderland of the weird, offering everything from gag gift items like bacon shaped Band-Aids to actual military surplus (like Howitzer shells). Shopping there should be on every artist’s resume. Mail art is a fascinating art form somewhat related to ‘zine publishing of the ’80s. You do have to put a real stamps on objects to legally send them via US post. It helps to know US postal laws for mailing strange objects (in these post-anthrax times). A related art form, artistamps, is also a fascinating parody or subversive commentary on government art.

These are some sort of Mexican game cards. Perhaps someone can explain the game to me. I see them as collage materials, (each could be made into two postcards) although one would have a different association if you are familiar with the specific game or imagery.

These are some sort of Mexican game cards. I see them as collage materials. Each could be made into two postcards. (8 sheets plus card deck, $2.00)

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