After 7 years, Ray Johnson Fan Club becomes FANCLUB 13

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After 7 years, “Ray Johnson Fan Club” becomes “FANCLUB 13”

I worked anonymously under the artist name “Ray Johnson Fan Club” for seven years making street art collages and sending out mail art. But in 2017, I officially changed my Nom d’Artiste to “FANCLUB 13” – still in reference & reverence for Ray.

from a post I made on this day:
“RAYJOHNSONFANCLUB becomes FANCLUB13. “Today is January Friday the 13th. Exactly 21 years after Ray Johnson dyed himself dead. In his honor I’m watching “How to Draw a Bunny” again, and I am officially changing my nom d’artiste to: FANCLUB13. I will continue to update my sites with the work I have already completed before today as #rayjohnsonfanclub. But henceforth I will work only under the name #FANCLUB13 and you can eventually see all my future work @fanclub.13 or  http://www.fanclub13.com.

FC13 sticker # 87
my very first collage using the artist name “FANCLUB 13”

FC13 sticker # 87

this blue, Hello My Name Is sticker was made using trash from the streets on 1/13/17 while sitting at Black Crow Coffee at 722 2nd St N. in Old Northeast St. Pete.

i was still struggling with how to make the imprint and just used a stencil. Was considering making the stickers with the large “PAY NO ATTENTION” but later decided to make the imprints the same for the stickers as they are for the “relationships.”

It was stuckup the same night on the back of a stop sign on 7th Street N. beside the Morean Arts Center.

FANCLUB 13 Relationship CXXII ~ CHERRY ME Diamond
my first relationship collage using the artist name “FANCLUB 13” this collage on a used CD/DVD was made using trash from the streets on 1/13/17 while sitting at Black Crow Coffee at 722 2nd Street N in Old Northeast St. Pete.

It was left on a dumpster the same night, in an alley just north of the building the coffee shop is in on 2nd Street N.

Relationship CXVI (IF YOU ARE NOT A WINNER, PLEASE BECOME PART-TIME GUN DEALER)

Relationship CXVI (IF YOU ARE NOT A WINNER, PLEASE BECOME PART-TIME GUN DEALER)


Completed ON 1/17/16 while sitting at Starbucks in International Plaza in Tampa, Florida. It is made by collaging found trash on a used DVDR.


Sent to & published in the Zine “Be A Pal” Issue 1
(along with sticker # 65)
published by Jude & Val Lobasso

(and I got issue #13!)

RJFC sticker # 73

RJFC sticker # 73 was completed using a large, 1999 vintage, blue-top, Priority Mail label 228, on December 29, 2015 while sitting at (what used to be Joffrey’s Coffee shop at the corner of 15th Street & E. 8th Avenue in Ybor City (Tampa), Florida.


This sticker was donated for auction to help artists Ryan Plunkett and Erin Brooks who had a terrible house fire.
https://www.gofundme.com/plunkanderin

“Add On at $80 Labeauratoire Gallery Sticker Pack including 1 – Original handmade collage bluetop sticker by Ray Johnson Fan Club – Collage by L.A.R. PLUS 8 other stickers by GATS, Sara Conti, Sore Infest, BPLA, DintWooerKrsna, CistOnes and Obey Giant.” – We helped raise hundreds of dollars with this auction.

 

 

 

RJFC sticker # 70 left in Valdosta

sticker # 70 was completed using a blue Hello My Name Is sticker on 12/18/15 while sitting at Starbucks on S. Dale Mabry near Kennedy Blvd. in Tampa. It was left on a sign column outside a Wendy’s restaurant on W. Hill Ave. in Valdosta, Georgia on 4/27/16.

 

Relationship CXI (PLEASE ADD HAIR TO CHER AND RETURN TO RAY JOHNSON c/o PERFORMA)

Relationship CXI – (PLEASE ADD HAIR TO CHER AND RETURN TO RAY JOHNSON c/o PERFORMA)

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Completed on 10/16/15. Made only with found trash.

My collage for the exhibition: Please Add To and Return to Ray Johnson.

Please Add To and Return To: Mail Art Homage to Ray Johnson
Sunday, November 1 — Sunday, November 22, 11:00am — 7:00pm
Printed Matter
231 11th Ave.
New York, NY 10001

“This exhibition is the culmination of Performa’s 2015 mail art re-activation project celebrating the work of artist Ray Johnson, “one of the most revered underground artists of the last half of the 20th century.”

As an homage to Johnson, the father of mail art, on the 20th anniversary of his death, Performa (in collaboration with the Ray Johnson Estate) placed a number of the artist’s “templates” back into circulation inviting participants to draw, collage or otherwise “add to” them and then “return” them to Johnson c/o Performa via USPS, the internet or through social media using the hashtag #PleaseAddTo.”

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Photograph by Printed Matter showing part of the installation.

 

ArtNews article from 10/29/15:

‘Please Add To and Return To: Mail Art Homage to Ray Johnson’ at Printed Matter

 

Ray Johnson Fan Club Relationship XCVIII ~ Doesn’t your baby deserve NEW SLAPS”

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Ray Johnson Fan Club Relationship XCVIII ~ Doesn’t your baby deserve NEW SLAPS” was completed 9/2015 using trash from the streets, on an old, used DVD. It was made while sitting at a Starbucks in Clearwater.

It was left given 10/8/15 to friend and fellow street artist Kickface: check him out here!