Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Dennis Gergel, Jr!

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Grazi!

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Blogger DENNIS GERGEL said...

A few years ago in 2012, the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art/Florida State University Police made out "5 Florida warrants for Use of Personal ID Info by Use of Harassment with a $5000 bond" for my mail art activities at the time (I used the names of some of their employess and puns on their names in my mail art.) That led to my arrest and put me in jail for a night, it also ended up costing me thousands of dollars in fines and fees, a probation term, communtiy service and having to complete a class about theft. The arresting officer advised me to do a different kind of art from now on. So be warned my fellow mail artists, it seems The John and Mable Ringling Musuem of Art would rather put artists like us in jails, then to display our mail art on their walls. I never thought when I graduated art college many years ago that my artwork would lead me to a jail cell and my mugshot online for all to see and shame me with. But as you can see, I still do mail art. The John and Mable Ringling Musuem of Art was not able to stop me from doing my art or make me stop sending out my mail art, despite their efforts to do so.

Dennis James Gergel Jr.
dennisgergel@aol.com
232 34th Ave. Dr. East
Bradenton, FL 34208

3:09 PM  
Blogger DENNIS GERGEL said...

Ray Flash had this to say online 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?

1:13 PM  
Blogger ROGER WILCO said...

It is sad that in America in this modern age, a museum of art will go out and have an artist arrested for creating artwork. Why would a museum of art want to stop artists from making art? I find this totally unacceptable. The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art needs to be investigated for harassing this artist. Douglas Kingsley should be fired if he did this to a female (or any) employee under his supervision. He sounds like a real jerk to say the least. And we are to believe that America is "the home of the free"? I guess you are not very free when you can be arrested for creating art. Or when your boss can lock you in his office and scold you because your car was broken into while you were busy working for him. By the way, since her car was broken into on the property of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art are they responsible in any way?

1:30 PM  
Blogger ROGER WILCO said...

What Dennis James Gergel Jr. did was this: He took names of John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art/FSU 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. And for this, the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art/FSU had him arrested for use of other's Personal ID.

This is so disturbing. Just yesterday I was looking at a piece of art by Ray Johnson and he used the name of Betsy Ross in it. He never got arrested for using that name.

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art/FSU were clearly out to get this former employee. And because he is not famous artist, as say a Ray Johnson, nobody really notices or cares about his arrest for making art. It is unfair and wrong of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art/FSU to have gotten away with this. A museum of art should not be getting artists arrested. That is not doing anything positive for the Arts.

This museum should be investigated for what it did to this unknown artist.

3:14 PM  

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