RJFC says farewell to Mons.

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.

Relationship LXXXII ~ Experimenting with wood block

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

082-LXXXIIs

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.

Ray Johnson Fan Club hits Venice!

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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Relationship LXVII ~ Terrible Experience

  Ray Johnson Fan Club Relationship LXVII ~ “Terrible Experience”  My 67th Collage Relationship was completed 6/21/2013 while sitting at “Le temps d’un café” in Mons, Belgium.

Relationship LXVII ~ Terrible Experience

It was sent later that week to a fan in New York along with some stickers.

I really like the way my collaged CD stickers have been turning out and I wanted to make something similar as a more permanent piece. So instead of just doing a sticker, I did a proper collage directly on a corrupt DVD (one of the many that my disc burner screws up.) There is not any data on the DVD, though perhaps I’ll try doing that in the future…
This is the first time I’ve tried it and I’m happy with the results so maybe I’ll try working on old records too.

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RJFC sticker #37 Up in New York!

RJFC Sticker #37 was completed on 7/12/2013 using trash found on the streets. 

RJFC sticker #37

It was made while sitting at “Le temps d’un café” in Mons, Belgium and later mailed off to a fan in New York.

UPDATE: This sticker #37, was sent to a fan in New York who posted it up 8/8/13 on the streets of SoHo NYC at the intersection of Crosby and Jersey Streets.

RJFC sticker #37 Left in New York!

The first time RJFC hits New York!

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