RJFC sticker # 74 was completed by me on a Priority Mail Label 228 on 1/20/16 while sitting at Starbucks on 4th Street in St. Petersburg, FL.
It was sent to fellow collage & mail artist RF Côté in Quebec, Canada around 3/31/16 along with sticker # 67, & Relationships CXIV & CXV.
RF Côté added his part of the collaboration (seen above) around 4/17/16 including the Hannah Hoch Fan Club stamps.
He then put the sticker up about 4/19/16 on a Bicycle Route sign near the intersection of Boulevard Jacques – Cartier & Avenue de la Gare, in Sainte-Flavie, Quebec, Canada.
Relationship CXI – (PLEASE ADD HAIR TO CHER AND RETURN TO RAY JOHNSON c/o PERFORMA)
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.”
Photograph by Printed Matter showing part of the installation.
During my first visit to the Florida Keys in 2015, I left five pieces out on the streets.
As detailed in my previous post, for the commemoration of my 100th “Relationship” collage, I made a series of 10 (+1 artist’s proof) collaged book pages. This piece (Relationship C) was left on 11/22/15 in Key West, Florida. I stuck it on a Key West Citizen Newspaper box beside the (closed) Backspace Bar & Kitchen at the intersection of James St. and Grinnell St.
RJFC Sticker # 59 was completed in Clearwater, Florida around 11/3/15, using found trash on a CD label.
It was left on 11/22/15, on the outside of a purple magazine distribution box for Key West Maps & Coupons, just beside the famous Schooner Western Union, in the Key West Bight Marina at the end of William Street.
Stickers No. 60 & 61 were completed on 11/19/15 while sitting at a Panera restaurant at Clearwater Mall. These rectangular stickers all measure about 45mm x 118mm each.
Sticker # 60 was left on the signpost for Mile 0 of US Highway 1 in Key West on 11/22/15.
Sticker # 61 was left on a telephone pole in front of Florida Bay Outfitters, beside Jimmy Johnson’s Big Chill Restaurant and Bar (where we had lunch) on US Highway 1 in Key Largo on 11/24/15.
RJFC Relationship CXIII ~ “A Strictly Limited Edition of Five Hundred Knives Helps Build Lean Muscle over your existing higher interest debts” was made with found trash on a 45 record. It was also completed on 11/19/15 while sitting at a Panera restaurant at Clearwater Mall.
RJFC Relationship CXIII was left on the back of a sign while exiting Mallory Square toward Tifts Alley in Key West on 11/23/15.
Ray Johnson Fan Club Relationship C ~ “Time to Kill PAINTING”
The first in series of ten altered book pages, each similar yet different.
For the commemoration of my 100th “Relationship” collage, I made a series of 10 (+1 artist’s proof). These were completed in October 2015 using trash, found items, ink, and stenciled spray paint, all on pages from the book “Time to Kill”, a 1953 Popular Library paperback book by Terry Spain. All are mounted on USPS Priority recycled cardboard.
Each example has a different title beginning with “Time to kill…” and then paired with a clipped word or phrase.
Additionally, one phrase is highlighted in pink on each page, and paired with a clipping phrase. There is a horizontal rectangle in the lower half of each page which is a combination of found losing lottery tickets, and pages from a pocket Bible with the word of God printed in red. Each page also has a “spirograph” drawing in two colors, a small piece from paper money of Guyana, a vertical stripe clipping of a sexy man from a magazine, and a torn box flap showing the printer’s color process control patches.
This piece (Relationship C) was left on 11/22/15 in Key West, Florida. I stuck it on a Key West Citizen Newspaper box beside the (closed) Backspace Bar & Kitchen at the intersection of James St. and Grinnell St.