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After spending more than five years in Mons, Belgium, and discovering my love for collage and street art there, I’ve moved back to my native Florida. But before leaving, I took some time to post a few pieces of artwork in my beloved temporary home.

PX-608s

First up is a collaged Polaroid picture from my Picturecrossing series.

picturecrossing No.608
A virtually blank shot (of a wall near Santa Croce in Florence, Italy) , so I collaged it with trash and found objects.

CAMERA: 1st Edition White Freitag Model 2 SX-70
FILM: Impossible Project PX100 Silver Shade (5/2010)
DATE SHOT: 12/31/11
DATE COLLAGED: 11/5/14

LEFT: PX No.608 was left in Mons, Belgium on 11/6/14 on the back of a street sign at the Rue d’ Havré entrance of the Grand Place. This is right near the wonderful Café “Le Pain Quotidien” which you can see near the top right. We spent countless hours (and Euros) there with friends and great food. You can even see part of one of my last receipts from there in this collage where it says: “Thank You Goodbye.”

See more of my Picturecrossings at: www.picturecrossing.com

or some blog entries at http://picturecrossing.blogspot.com/

Next up is one from my sticker series.

RJFC Sticker # 53 was completed on 11/5/14 using found trash on a rectangular label. Like all three collages in this listing, it was done while sitting in our hotel room at the Ibis Hotel near the train station in Mons, Belgium. We stayed there for about a week after we moved out of our house on Rue de la Tour Auberon and waited for our flight back to America.

It was left the next day, 11/6/14 on a boarded-up building at 9 Rue de la Clef in Mons, Belgium. This building, with the supposed head of Saint John over the doorway, had been boarded up when we arrived in 2009 and was still the same when we left in 2014. It was always a place where street art and posters would stay up for a while.

The last item is Relationship LXXXVI ~ “Disposable Silencers”

This, my 87th “relationship” collage, was completed 11/5/2014 using trash from the streets, on a used DVD.

It was left the next day, 11/6/14 on the window of an old bookshop on Rue de la Houssière near the train station in Mons, Belgium. This building had also been closed the entire time we lived in Mons and often had some good art posted there.

So, that’s my farewell to Mons. Thanks for all the memories. Hope to see you again sometime.

~ Adieu.

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Ray Johnson Fan Club Relationship LXXXIII ~ “Candy Canes”

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This 83rd “relationship collage” was completed 7/9/2014 using trash from the streets on a used DVD.

It was left 7/11/2014 on a wooden construction wall just outside the new Starbucks in the Grand Place of Brussels, Belgium.

Ray Johnson Fan Club Relationship LXXXII ~ “Flexible COMFORT Cola zero”

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This 82nd “Relationship” collage was completed 5/15/2014 in my home studio (Mons, Belgium). This is my first piece made experimenting with “wood block” printing of lines and shapes. For quite a while now I’ve been toying around with the idea of making several series of collages on the pages of old books or comic books. This one is from “page 207” of some random Flemish sexploitation/horror comic. The large green numbers are a continuation of my work with wooden printers blocks.

I really think this is part of the necessary transitional stage toward a good direction for my collage work. I need to find a better method for using the wood to print lines and shapes. The colored paints stick to the paper making it difficult to pull away. For my “blocks” I’m just really using random wooden things from around the house, like the side of a fruit crate for the black lines, a chopstick for the thin yellow lines, and the back of a number block for the 4 red rectangles.

This piece is currently available.

It’s spring and I’ve actually been busy for a change. Traveling around with my father on his first visit to Europe, I got up in Amsterdam, Zurich, Milan & Brussels.

Ray Johnson Fan Club Relationship LXXVII ~ “Floppy disks from Andy Warhol abused by interim bishop” was completed 4/30/2014 using trash from the streets of Amsterdam on the album cover “Exercise Along with Debbie Drake”.

Exercise Along with Debbie Drake - (RJFC Collage LXXVII)
This collage was left the same day on a utility box along the street Kromme Waal in Amsterdam, Nederland.
(see below)

RJFC Relationship LXXVII (left in Amsterdam)

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RJFC sticker #47

RJFC Sticker #47 was completed in Amsterdam on 4/30/14 using found trash on a rectangular label. It was left the same day on a trash bin along Frans Halsstraat just around the corner from the Heineken Headquarters.
(See below.)

RJFC sticker #47 (left in Amsterdam)
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After an overnight train, I stopped at Zurich Central and left a DVD collage there.

RJFC Relationship LXXVIII ~ "Fold Along Perforation and PAY NO ATTENTION TO RAY JOHNSON FAN CLUB .COM"
Ray Johnson Fan Club Relationship LXXVIII ~ “Fold Along Perforation and PAY NO ATTENTION TO RAY JOHNSON FAN CLUB .COM” was completed 4/30/2014 using trash from the streets on a used DVD.
This collage was left 5/1/2014 on a utility box just outside the Zurich Central Train Station in Switzerland.
(See below.)
Relationship LXXVIII (left in Zurich)

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 Then during a quick stop to see a friend in Milano I posted a sticker on an actual phone box. Does anyone still use these???

RJFC sticker #48

RJFC Sticker #48 was completed in Amsterdam on 4/30/14 using found trash on a CD label.

It was left in Milan, Italy on 5/1/14, on a phone booth just outside the Milan Central Train Station.
(See below.)

RJFC sticker #48 (left in Milan)

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Then, on to Brussels for a night before dropping my dad off at the airport.

RJFC Relationship LXXIX ~ "Why not try VELVET Lithium Radio with your TEENY HOUDINI"

Ray Johnson Fan Club Relationship LXXIX ~ “Why not try VELVET Lithium Radio with your TEENY HOUDINI” was completed 5/6/2014 using trash from the streets, on the 45 record cover “Blue Velvet” by Don Duke.
Blue Velvet - Don Duke ~ (RJFC collage LXXIX)

This collage was left the same day on a utility box beside the news stand in Marché De l’Agora, in Bruxelles, Belgium. (See below.)
RJFC Relationship LXXIX (left in Brussels)

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That’s it for now. I’ve been collaging on some more 45 records and will be posting those soon.

Ray Johnson Fan Club hits Venice!

RJFC sticker #41 RJFC sticker #34 Relationship LXIX ~ "FAKIRS AND FEMALE WRESTLERS DO NOT PLAY an elderly schoolmarm from Pasadena" RJFC sticker #35 Relationship LXVIII ~ "DE BOLERO" Relationship LXX ~ "I DON'T NEED TO love EVERYTHING"

On a recent visit to Venice for La Biennale di Venezia, I put up six works:  three stickers and three proper collages.
You can see and read about each one below.

RJFC sticker #34

RJFC Sticker #34 (above) was completed on 5/27/2013 using trash found on the streets of Geneva.
It was made at out rental apartment near Carouge while visiting there.

RJFC sticker #34 left in Venice

Sticker #34 was left (above) in Venice, Italy, 8/18/2013 on a metal post by the canal along Fondamenta San Giuseppe in Castello.

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RJFC sticker #35

RJFC Sticker #35 (above) was completed on 5/27/2013 using trash found on the streets of Geneva.
It was made at out rental apartment near Carouge while visiting there.

RJFC sticker #35 left in Vence

Sticker #35 was left in Venice, Italy 8/16/13 at the café in the Giardini section of the 2013 Biennale (above).

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RJFC sticker #41

RJFC Sticker #41 (above) was completed 8/16/13 using trash found on the streets of Venice.
I made it there, while sitting at a café (Valentino?) on Via Garibaldi.

RJFC sticker #41 left in Venice

I left Sticker #41 in Venice the next day, 8/17/13 on a yellow utility box in the wall across
from the Olivetti shop on Sotoportego del Cavalletto, just off Piazza San Marco (above).

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Relationship LXVIII ~ "DE BOLERO"

Ray Johnson Fan Club Relationship LXVIII “DE BOLERO” (above) was completed 7/13/2013 using trash found on the streets of Brussels.
I made it on a ruined blank DVDR, while sitting at Café de la Presse on Avenue Louise near Ixelles in Brussels.

Relationship LXVIII left in Venice

It was left 8/18/13 on the wooden barrier gate of an elevated boardwalk at the Lido Public Beach in Venice, Italy (above).

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Relationship LXIX ~ "FAKIRS AND FEMALE WRESTLERS DO NOT PLAY an elderly schoolmarm from Pasadena"

Ray Johnson Fan Club Relationship LXIX ~ 
“FAKIRS AND FEMALE WRESTLERS DO NOT PLAY an elderly schoolmarm from Pasadena”

This 69th collage (above) was completed around 8/14/2013 using trash found on the streets. I made it while sitting in several different cafés in Mons, Belgium.
It is my first collage on a record. (45 size with the smaller hole.)

Relationship LXIX left in Venice
This collage was left 8/17/13 on a utility box near the Biennale entrance on Fondamenta Arsenale in Venice, Italy (above).

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Relationship LXX ~ "I DON'T NEED TO love EVERYTHING"

Ray Johnson Fan Club Relationship LXX ~  “I DON’T NEED TO love EVERYTHING”
This 70th collage (above) was completed on 8/19/2013 using trash found on the streets of Venice. I made it overnight at our rental flat on Fondamenta San Giuseppe. It was made on the album cover “Parade des Succes No. 31.” (below)

Parade des Success No.31 (Collage LXX)

Relationship LXX left in Venice

This collage was left the same morning near the entrance to Fondamenta San Giuseppe in Venice, Italy (above).

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Well, that’s about it from this trip to Venice.  Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

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RJFC Hits Brussels! ~ Stickers #38, #39 & #40

Ray Johnson Fan Club sticker #40  Ray Johnson Fan Club sticker #39  Ray Johnson Fan Club sticker #38

On two separate trips to Brussels recently, I made these stickers using only trash found on the streets there.

RJFC sticker #38

RJFC Sticker #38 was completed 6/29/2013 using trash found on the streets of Brussels.

I made it while sitting at Le Pain Quotidien in the Galerie de la Reine in Brussels.

RJFC sticker #38 (left in Brussels)

I left it the same day on a wooden construction barrier beside the Montana Shop & Gallery Brussels along Rue de la Madeleine. (above)

RJFC sticker #39

RJFC Sticker #39 was also completed 6/29/2013 using trash found on the streets there

and made while sitting at Le Pain Quotidien in the Galerie de la Reine in Brussels.

RJFC sticker #39 (left in Brussels)

I left it the same day on a Taxi Parking sign in Brussels near Rue du Marché aux Herbes.(above)

RJFC sticker #40

RJFC Sticker #40 was completed 7/13/2013 using trash found on the streets of Brussels.

I made it while sitting at Café de la Presse on Avenue Louise near Ixelles in Brussels.

RJFC sticker #40 left in Brussels

I left it the same day on a Dior perfume advertisement outside the Ici Paris XL perfume shop

on Chaussée de Waterloo at the intersection of Rue Vanderkindere.

Brussels is a great place to find materials on the ground to work with and also a great place for stickers. I see new and interesting ones every time I visit.

More coming soon!

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Once in awhile I bring my trashy collage style to commercial postcards.

Relationship LXV
Ray Johnson Fan Club Relationship LXV was completed on 5/17/2013 while sitting at “Le temps d’un café” in Mons and mailed to another Mail Artist in Mons sometime the following week.