Ray Johnson

Postcards from places yet to be seen

I recently received a call to participate in a mail art exhibition in Stockholm during August, the requirement simply being submission of an altered tourist postcard in any medium. I've always loved postcards and have my own collection (including both scenic and tacky categories) so this seemed like a fun project to contribute to — with collage elements added. Above is one of the three cards I sent last week, with an image of Old Faithful superimposed on a postcard of the St. Francis Cathedral that I'd picked up recently in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The postcards will be exhibited at Gallery KG52 in Stockholm from August 14-29, 2010. An exhibition of the submitted postcards from around the world can also be seen online. Inspiration behind the exhibition included the Picadillys of Dieter Roth and the Chop Art of Ray Johnson.

Below are the other altered postcards I contributed, at left, a Route 66 gas station and, at right, Santa Fe's oldest house.


Cobwebs of the ordinary


Today I submitted 500 postcards of the collage above for a group show, "A Book About Death," which will be on view at the Emily Harvey Foundation Gallery in New York City from September 10-22, 2009. The concept is to have artists respond to the subject of death. The show is an homage to Ray Johnson, a celebration of Emily Harvey, and a global exploration of death. 

People who visit the gallery can compile and take away an unbound book of all the entries -- a real collaborative concept/show/experience. I'm thrilled to have my work included and of course, am wishing I was going to be in NY during that time so I could collect the parts to make a book of my own. There is a very cool blog documenting the works that have been submitted so far. It's fascinating to see the range of work represented. (I'm number 203. Yoko Ono is number 161. Check it out.)