RJFC hit Saarland Germany in Summer 2014

 

During the summer of 2014 I made several trips to the Saarland area in Germany and while there I left two stickers and one Relationship Collage.

RJFC Sticker # 50 (above) was completed on 7/25/14 using found trash on a CD label and it was left the same day on a girder of a stairwell of an on-base housing unit at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany (below).

RJFC Sticker # 51 (above) was completed on 7/25/14 using found trash on a CD label and it was left the next day, 7/26/14 on a utility box on a corner of Rotenhofstrasse in Saarbrücken, Germany (below.)

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Ray Johnson Fan Club Relationship LXXXIV ~ “ITEMS INTENTIONALLY LEFT No Detail is an Accident” (above) was completed 8/1/2014 using trash from the streets, on a used DVD and it was left the same day at a bus stop on the campus of the University Hospital of Saarland in Homburg, Germany (below).

Das ist alles für heute (that’s all for today) folks. I’m catching up slowly but surely.

Relationship LXXXIII ~ left in Brussels

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.

Relationship LXXXII ~ Experimenting with wood block

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.

Relationship LXXXI ~ Left in Paris

Ray Johnson Fan Club Relationship LXXXI ~ “Unmanned helicopters help third gender to make Whiskey.” was completed 5/6/2014 while sitting at Starbucks in the Brussels Central Train Station.

It was left on Friday. 9/5/2014 on a utility box at the National Ministry of Education at 72 Rue Regnault in the 13th Arr.

RJFC Relationship LXXX: 1st piece sold at auction.

Still catching up on posting some work from this summer… With the milestone completion of my 80th collage: Relationship LXXX “215 MILLION DOTS IN THE SNOW”, I decided to auction the piece off on eBay and give the profits to charity.

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<b>Ray Johnson Fan Club Relationship LXXX ~ “215 MILLION DOTS IN THE SNOW”</b> was completed on 5/6/2014 while sitting at Starbucks in the Brussels Central Train Station. It was made on a 45 record, and this is the first one that had the cool little spacer in the middle.

This piece was sold to Victoria Fasken in Wiltshire UK on June 30, 2014, the first RJFC piece to be sold at auction.

RJFC Sticker # 49 left in Bonn Germany.

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RJFC Sticker # 49 was completed in Brussels on 5/6/14 using found trash on a rectangular label.
It was left July 1, 2014 in Bonn, Germany, on the back of a sign beside the bank of the Rhine River, just in front of the old parliament building and the bright red sculpture (1992 “L’Allume” by Mark di Suvero. It shows in the geographical direction of the German capital Berlin.)

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Getting up in Amsterdam, Zurich, Milan & Brussels.

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.

Relationship LXXVI ~ left in Monmartre Paris

Ray Johnson Fan Club Relationship LXXVI

 “FOR YOUR Health SEE DOUBLE WITH ELECTIONS GALORE”

was completed 3/29/2014 using only trash from the streets of Paris.

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I started with the album cover “101 Strings plus Guitars Galore Volume 2”.

This collage was left the same day in the Passage des Abbesses in Monmartre, Paris, France.

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RJFC in Venice ~ March 2014

Every time we decide to take a trip, it’s difficult not to choose Venice again. I discover something different every time I visit. I left three pieces during this trip.

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Ray Johnson Fan Club Relationship LXXV ~ “Putin offers new information about the birth of the universe” was completed 3/22/2014 using only trash from the streets of Venice on the album cover “Sheherazade: Artur Rodzinski conducting the Cleveland Orchestra”.


This collage was left the same day on the closed-up “Salumeria” shop, between the fish market and floating vegetable market along Fondamenta Sant’ Anna.
See where it was left below.

RJFC Sticker #44 was completed on 2/27/14 using only trash on a rectangular label. I made it while sitting at l’Excelsior restaurant in Mons, Belgium.

It was left in Venice, Italy on 3/19/14, on an advertisement poster for Boggi Blue Code, in the shelter at the Giardini vaporetto stop (above).

RJFC Sticker #45 was completed on 2/27/14 using only trash on a CD label. I made it while sitting at l’Excelsior restaurant in Mons, Belgium.

 

It was left (above) in Venice, Italy on 3/21/14, on a metal utility panel, just below a devotional statuette of Jesus at the Santa Maria del Giglio church near Ponte Duodo O Barbarigo. Shortly after I posted the sticker, an old man stopped to look at it for a full two minutes. After which, he promptly tore it off the wall and threw it in a nearby trash can.

Dust to dust…

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RJFC Hits Madrid for the first time.

I’d visited Madrid once before back in 2004, but that was before I’d started doing any kind of street art. I have to say I wasn’t overly excited about going again, other than seeing our best friends from England who were meeting us there, but I must admit that it turned out to be an extremely enjoyable trip.

Here’s what I left while I was there…

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Ray Johnson Fan Club Relationship LXXIV ~ “MADRID continues to lead with ZARATHUSTRA ON THE WILD SIDE OF MY LIFE” was completed 3/7/2014 using trash found on the streets of Madrid on the album cover “Top of the Pops Vol. 31”.

This collage was left the same day on a wooden planter near the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid, Spain.

I also left two stickers in Madrid.

RJFC Sticker #43 (below) was completed on 2/27/14 using only trash on a CD label. I made it while sitting at l’Excelsior restaurant in Mons, Belgium.

It was left in Madrid, Spain on 3/7/14, on a light-blue mailbox at the intersection of Calle de Atocha and Calle de San Pedro. There was a massive line of people there which started two days before, for the devotional pilgrimage to see the Cristo de Medinaceli statue of Jesus, which happens every first Friday in March.

RJFC Sticker #46 (below) was also completed on 2/27/14 using only trash on a rectangular label. I made it while sitting at l’Excelsior restaurant in Mons, Belgium.

It was left in Madrid, Spain on 3/5/14, on a signpost at the intersection of Calle de San Eugenio and Calle San Ildefonso, Just down the street from our rental apartment there.

Well, that’s it for this trip – Hasta Luego.

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