My 120th “relationship” collage was made for the exhibition Keep St. Pete Weird, at Davidson Fine Art in the Central Edge district of St. Petersburg, Florida.
The main section was completed 8/31/16, arranging found trash on a paperback romance novel.
Captive Embrace by Sylvie F. Sommerfield.
I made it while sitting at the Starbucks on Belcher at SR60 in Clearwater, FL.
The “frame” was completed 9/6/16, by gluing pages from the book to the lid of a shoebox, highlighting random passages, and then spraying them with clearcoat. The cover is affixed to the inside of the frame using magnets.
The exhibition: Keep St. Pete Weird, opened on 9/10/2016 at Davidson Fine Art in the Central Edge district of St. Petersburg, Florida.
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.
Ray Johnson Fan Club Relationship XCI ~ “Naked Officer Attempts to Steal Tender Definition of Victory” was completed 1/26/2015 using trash from the streets, on an old, used paperback romance book (Tender Betrayal by Lauren Wilde.) It was made while sitting at a Starbucks in Clearwater and it was sent 1/26/15 (with sticker # 56) to a friend, artist and musician Darren Riley in Bolton, UK.
Relationship LIII – “Why not Face it? TERROR glamorises reports:” (14×17.5cm) is my 53rd collage. Completed on 10/25/2012 using trash and found objects on an old comic book cover: Terror No.83 – “De Sadist van de Provence” (see photo below) This piece is currently available.
This piece was completed while in Atlanta, Georgia and then mailed to Gregory Travis in Brookville, New York on 7/8/2011
RECYCLED TRASH AS ART:
I use old, cheesy record covers and trashy paperback book covers as a starting point for my hand-cut and paste collages. I then use only objects found on the ground, in the trash, junk mail or recycling bin. Sometimes incorporating my own Polaroid photographs. Then I leave them out in public as street art for everyone to enjoy (or destroy.) I have also started mailing small pieces out to some people.
Relationship XXIV – “Death Has Three Moms”
This was my first collage on a book cover though I’d been planning to do it for a while.
“Death has three lives: A Mike Shayne Mystery” by Brett Haliday.
It was completed in Atlanta, Georgia, USA on 6/19/2011 while spending the night in the hospital accompanying my mother who was recovering from open-heart surgery.
This was mailed (along with #XXVII) to an online acquaintance, Robert Warner in New York in June of 2011.