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Comments (1) Posted 07.08.12 | PERMALINK | PRINT

John Foster

Accidental Mysteries: 07.08.12


Street posters, the kind of flotsam that exists near busy street corners, on light poles, walls — anywhere and everywhere in cities large and small, are easily overlooked unless you slow down and take an interest. Lost pets, a desire to meet others, save souls, anger and mental illness are found in these handmade signs.

These street signs were found on UbuWeb, a large web-based educational resource for avant-garde material, founded in 1996 by poet Kenneth Goldsmith. It offers visual, concrete and sound poetry, expanding to include film and sound art mp3 archives.

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Accidental Mysteriesis an online curiosity shop of extraordinary things, mined from the depths of the onlineworld and brought to you each week by John Foster, a writer, designer and longtimecollector of self-taught art and vernacular photography. “I enjoy the search forincredible, obscure objects that challenge, delight and amuse my eye. More so, I enjoysharing these discoveries with the diverse and informed readers of DesignObserver.”

Editor's Note: All images are copyright of their originalowners.


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I recognize the Beautiful Mary guy from South Philly. His style is unmistakable. For a while he was warning people to refrigerate their drugs or they would turn into poison.
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07.08.12 at 12:16


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John Foster and his wife, Teenuh, have been longtime collectors of self-taught art and vernacular photography. Their collection of anonymous, found snapshots has toured the country for five years and has been featured in Harper’s, Newsweek Online and others.
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