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Harley (b.1940; birth name: Harley Francis II) is an American mail artist, painter, set designer and artistamp creator. Harley earned a Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University in 1965 and then held a graduate assistantship at Oberlin College (Oberlin, OH) for two years. Harley began making artistamps in 1974 and in 1975, he established Tristan Local Post. In 1987 he curated the “Corresponding Worlds International Mail Art and Artistamps Symposium” at the Allen Memorial Art Museum (Oberlin College), the first artistamp exhibition at the Allen. According to Harley, “This was the first museum-level exhibition curated of artistamps and mail art in the United States.” (terracendella.org) It was around this time that Harley established Terra Candella, an independent state as opposed to a local post. In 1995 he sold his archive composed of works collected from 1975-1995 to the Clarence Ward Art Library at Oberlin College.


The night blooming delirious : a suite of drawings and poems / by Harley Francis, II. -- New York : Studio 3000, [1975] – Artist Book

**Corresponding worlds : artists' stamps : January 11, 1987-March 1, 1987, Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin, Ohio, USA. [Oberlin, Ohio : The Museum, 1986] N6494.M35 C6723 1986 (Art Spec. Coll.) – Exhbition Catalog

**Harley on Terra candella [videorecording] ; It's in the mail gallery talk. [1996] VCR-4102 (Art Videos)

**It's in the mail : artistamps and the mail art movement. Santa Rosa, Calif. : The Museum, [1995] N6494.M35 H37 1995 (Art Lib.) – Exhbition Catalog

**[The painter of unicorns : or the painter of unicorns of Terra Candella], Ohio : Harley, 1987 N7433.4.H365A4 1987 (Art Spec. Coll) – Artist Book

Sources for obtaining more information about the artist:

Website: www.terracandella.com

Perneczky, Geza. Network Atlas: World and Publications by the People of the First Network. Soft Geometry, Cologne. http://www.c3.hu/~perneczky/atlas.html (updated April 2003). Vol. 1, pp. 181-183.


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