Relationship CXXV – (We have to be better than those who can hear the difference.. EVEN AFTER EATING & DRINKING)
This piece was completed on 5/3/17 while sitting at the Starbucks on Main Street in Dunedin, Florida.
It was my first foray into more three-dimensional work.
It was displayed in the exhibition: Me + My Shadow [BOX] – at the Dunedin Fine Arts Center which opened on 5/19/17.
This was a “Chinese Auction” style exhibition, where attendees bought tickets to put in the little box next to the artworks they wanted. My wife went to the opening (I had to work) and she actually won back my piece and another piece.
See short video of details:
Then this piece was submitted as an entry for the Doug & Laurie Kanyer Art Collection Purchase Award at Kolaj Fest New Orleans 2019 and was accepted and purchased on 10/7/2019 for $199 to be added to of their collection where it now resides.
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”
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.
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.
RJFC sticker # 81 “Office use only” was also made on 5/11/16 with trash from the streets. It was made on a small rectangle label while sitting at Starbucks on SR 60 at Belcher Rd in Clearwater, Florida.
I stuck it up 7/18/16, on a lightpost electrical box in the parking lot of a Starbucks in Orlando, Florida on S. Orange Blossom Trail at W. Lancaster Rd.
Back in April of 2016 I had the opportunity to make a quick trip to Denver, Colorado for the first time. We stayed on East Colfax Ave, near N.Downing St. I sat several times at (what was then) the Sanora Cafe to work on my collages with trash found on the streets of Denver.
I also began my first Urban Price Tags here. Made and left four of them in Denver. I need to revisit this fun project soon. These little red price tags are “numbered” in a random fashion depending on what numbers I discover in my found objects. They could be a dollar or euro amount, a percentage, or just any kind of number.
Urban Price Tag no. 500 was made on 4/9/16 with trash from the streets of Denver. I made my first two while sitting at the Sanora Cafe on E. Colfax Ave.
It was left 4/9/16 on a stop sign on Broadway at 25th Street across from Silverstate Lofts (see top photo)
Urban Price Tag no. 303 was also made on 4/9/16 while sitting at the Sanora Cafe on E. Colfax Ave.
It was left 4/9/16 on a fence in the graffiti alley between Larimer Street & Walnut Street, between 29th & 28th St. (above)
Urban Price Tags no. 560 & no. 10 were also made on 4/9/16 while sitting at the Sanora Cafe on E. Colfax Ave.
Urban Price Tag no. 560 was left on a street sign in front of the Colonnade Lofts at 1210 E. Colfax Ave. on 4/11/16.
Urban Price Tag no. 10 was left on a stairway handrail post in the Denver Art Museum on on 4/10/16.
I made two stickers and one “relationship” piece while in Denver: stickers # 77 & #78, and Relationship CXIX. But I also left some stickers I’d previously made, and brought with me.
Sticker # 68 (above) was made back in Tampa Bay on a CD label on 12/14/15. I stuck it on a cool “Route 40” green bike rack in front of the Sanora Cafe on East Colfax at Marion St. on 4/11/16. (below)
RJFC sticker # 76 was made on a small rectangular sticker using trash from the streets. I made it while sitting at a Starbucks in Pinellas Park, Fl, in The Shoppes at Park Place on 1/23/16. It was left on a lightpost outside the old 14th St. staff entrance to the Denver Art Museum on Sunday, 4/10/16. (below)
RJFC sticker # 77 (above) was made with trash from the streets of Denver on a 2013 USPS Priority Mail Label 228, while sitting at the Sanora Cafe on East Colfax at Marion St. on 4/9/16.
I left it the same day in a Labeauratoire Sticker Bomb (below) on a trash dumpster in the graffiti alley between Larimer Street & Walnut Street, between 29th & 28th St. along with work by Mimi le Clown, dwkrsna, C0rpse, Neverfart, Sara Conti, GATS, Artissin, JPO, Obey, Kryptc, CistOnes, SoreInfest, Jacuzzi & more…
And finally, my larger collage, Relationship CXIX – (THE BLOODY BARBER HIT MY fantastic PONYTAIL COACH) was also made on 4/11/16 while sitting at the Sanora Cafe.
It was made on a vintage album cover using trash found on the streets of Denver (above).
Relationship CXIX was left on 4/11/16 on an electrical box at the corner of East Colfax Avenue and North Lafayette Street, near Ice Cream Riot.
So altogether I left nine collage street art pieces on this trip to Denver. I also discovered some fantastic artists while there. Hope to visit again sometime..