Archivio Internazionale Mail Art
(b. October 23, 1950, Hasselt, Belgium) is a Belgian
theme of all of Bleus' artistic work is “Artministration”[citation
needed], being a critical analysis of
"administration" and its degeneration into “bureaucracy”.[citation
needed] At an administrative art
performance in 1979, he was registered with an
administrative number, issued by the Benelux Trademark
Office, transforming his name from Guy Bleus into an
official brand name under the registration number
“42.292”. From then onwards this number has been used
as an artistic pseudonym.
materials used are old administrative papers (or parts
of it) as basic material for artworks, such as old
official administrative stamps, textile labels and
perfumes “scent communication”[citation
needed]. Especially scents are
related to subjective memories. Everyone has his or
her own semantic and olfactory interpretation while
sniffing scents. The perforations in Bleus' collages
refer to openings for a personal heuristic view of the
observer. The photographs used are old family
pictures, which are found at the attic of Bleus'
parental home. They are used in collages, which are
needed]. It indicates a frame for
holding several photographs, but has also different
meanings, such as medley, mixture, disorder and
objective is to confuse the administrative world with
texts, scents and photographs, provoking people to
reflect upon aberrations of administration.
“pêle-mêle’s” one can find allusions to and stamps of
pre-as well as post-war periods, since ingredients of
“administrative” envy and rivalry are present in
periods of war and peace. Common stamps like return to
sender are used, emphasizing a negative connotation of
administration. Other stamps like strictly
confidential are contradicting the public nature and
transparency of a democratic administration.
Administration Centre's mail art Archive includes
works by and information about 5000 artists from 60
different countries: Small Press magazines,
catalogues, posters, Rubberstamp art, Artistamps, copy
art, artists' books, Fax art, etc.
In 1992 a
selection of 650 Mail art works from the archive of
The Administration Centre - 42.292 was exhibited at
the P.T.T. Museum in The Hague.
The Administration Centre T.A.C. 42.292 Archives C/O
Guy Bleus P.O. BOX 43 3830 Wellen - Belgium