How does Ray Johnson’s process compare to my own?
I guess at first it was tough to pin down his process, at first it felt as if there was no process and that he was just kind of a joke. As the film progressed and it pulled apart more layers of Ray Johnson, I started to recognise/realize his process and its relation to his art. the simplest way to put it, seems like that his “art” was in his “process”. There were so many layers and levels to his art it seemed hard to separate what was process and what was art. Example: His collages, not only were these collages beautifully and meticulously constructed, but if one was to try to get ahold of one for themselves I.E. BUY ONE! ray turned the bartering into its very own art form, first he would ask one to write a letter delacrking how much one could pay. He would then take said letter home and do what ever he did with the letters, read them, not read them, who knows. He would then send his correspondence back declaring what he intended to do. This process could go on for months, with the final outcome being somehting very different than what the buyer expected. One specific example being how one buyer proposed $1000 as his offer Ray then said the collage was priced at $1500. Ray decided took the original offer of $1000 and then cut off a quarter of the image off, his explanation being that the portion cut off was equal to $500. That example was almost as drawn out as the original transaction had been…..GEEZE!
It seemed Ray Johnson seemed to have really tried to instead of just doing Art, he really tried to live Art. I don’t know if his process is similar to mine at this point of my life. But it sure as hell threw some some inspiration. Maybe I should try living Art, maybe it might make me laugh, maybe it might make me try something completely different, maybe it might do a lot of things………
Myabe we could all use a little bit of Ray Johnson’s Attitude in our life?