“Please Add to & Return”
Ray Johnson’s paper artworks are based on linking images and ideas to generate new meaning from juxtapositions he created and disseminated. On many occasions, and particularly in the case of collages, a process of overlaying and reworking reinforced these juxtapositions; therefore, most of his collages are signed with multiple dates. He also had great interest in the semiotic systems and codes created by these collages. Therefore, plays on words are frequently encountered in his work, which brought him to create new terms. Institutional criticism and an ambivalent relationship with the world of art are also palpable in his oeuvre throughout his professional trajectory. In addition to Mail Art and his work in collage, performances constitute an important part of his work.
In collaboration with the MACBA, Museu d´Art Contemporani de Barcelona.
Exhibition 06.11.09 – 10.01.10
Editor: MACBA, Museu d´Art Contemporani de Barcelona
Coordination and edition: Clara Plasencia
Graphic Design: Sandra Neumaier
Size: 21 x 28 cm
Text: Catalan, Spanish, English
Publ. Date: November, 2009