lezbag mail art
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
  From Dennis Gergel Jr.
 
Comments:
Ray Flash had this to say about my arrest for sending mail art:
The mail art that got Dennis Gergel arrested by the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art was pretty interesting actually. I had received one in the mail myself. What he did was this: He took names of employees like Derek Ross and Douglas Kingsley and made silly puns on them like Betsy Ross and Douglas Kinksley. He wrote those on magazine subscription cards and then added those magazine subscription cards to his collages on 8 1/2 by 11 inch paper and then mailed those collages out to his mail art friends. Those friends that received his collages would sometimes remove the subscription cards and send those in to the actual magazines. Dennis wrote me that when the FSU Police came to his front door the officer made a point of saying that he would have a handwriting expert prove that the handwriting on Dennis's art was his own and that he would have the state crime lab prove that Dennis's fingerprints were on Dennis's art. It all seemed so stupid. This was clearly was an art project, but they charged him with 5 counts of using other people's personal ID. I mean Betsy Ross!!!, come on? One of the problems that the John and Mable Ringling Museum/FSU was trying to not let come to light was that it had recently made an out of court settlement of a large sum of money to a female employee because security supervisor Douglas Kingsley had forced her to remain in his office against her will and kept the door closed as he verbally scolded her due to her vehicle being broken into by a construction worker on the property and he did not want her to report this. So anything with Douglas Kingsley's name involved got their attention, as they did not want the settlement sum and other details to get out to the public. Mr. Kingsley was not terminated or demoted for his actions with the female under his supervision. Another one of the things I just can't understand is that the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art will often play up the number of pieces in its collection by Marcel Duchamp. He is credited with sending the first piece of mail art. So how can the same museum that holds him up so high, puts in jail another artist who follows his lead regarding mail art?
 
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