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Hardcover, 5.5 x 7.25 in. / 88 pgs / 37 color.

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Ray Johnson and William S. Wilson: Frog Pond Splash

Collages by Ray Johnson with Texts by William S. Wilson

Edited by Elizabeth Zuba. Text by William S. Wilson.

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This gemlike Ray Johnson book celebrates his friendship with writer and logophile William S. Wilson in pictures and words

Dubbed "Ray Johnson's Boswell," writer and logophile William S. Wilson was one of legendary artist Ray Johnson's closest friends and biggest champions. He was also perhaps Johnsonís most trusted poetic muse and synthesizer of referents and references. The influence was mutual: throughout their lifelong friendship, begun when both men were in their twenties, writer and artist challenged and enriched one anotherís work.

Published on the occasion of the exhibition of Ray Johnson works from Wilson's archive at the Art Institute of Chicago, Frog Pond Splash embodies the energy, expansiveness and motion of their work and their friendship. Editor Elizabeth Zuba has selected short, perspicacious texts by Wilson (from both published and unpublished writings) and collage works by Johnson to create juxtapositions that do not explicate or illustrate; rather, they form a loose collage-like letter of works and writings that are less bound than assembled, allowing the reader to put the pieces together, to respond, to add to and return to the way Johnson required of his correspondents and fellow travelers.

Taking its title from Wilson's haiku equivalence of Johnson's process, Frog Pond Splash is a small book but many things: a collage-like homage to their friendship, a treasure chest of prismatic "correspondances," as well as an unusual portrait of the disappearing, fractured Johnson through Wilson's words. Zuba's nuanced selection and arrangement of images and texts in this sumptuous little volume honors Johnson's "open system" (which rejected closed and consistent meanings, codes and symbols) in its open, associative, and intimate playfulness.


Featured image is reproduced from 'Ray Johnson and William S. Wilson: Frog Pond Splash.'

Ray Johnson and William S. Wilson: Frog Pond Splash

STATUS: Forthcoming | 11/20/2020

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RAY JOHNSON MONOGRAPHS + ARTIST'S BOOKS

Ray Johnson and William S. Wilson: Frog Pond Splash

RAY JOHNSON AND WILLIAM S. WILSON: FROG POND SPLASH

Edited by Elizabeth Zuba. Text by William S. Wilson.

SIGLIO

ISBN: 9781938221279
USD $29.95
| CAN $41.95 UK £ 27

Pub Date: 11/20/2020
Forthcoming


That Was the Answer: Interviews with Ray Johnson

THAT WAS THE ANSWER: INTERVIEWS WITH RAY JOHNSON

SOBERSCOVE PRESS

ISBN: 9781940190204
USD $20.00
| CAN $27.95 UK £ 17.5

Pub Date: 9/4/2018
Active | In stock


Ray Johnson

RAY JOHNSON

Text by Brad Gooch.

MATTHEW MARKS GALLERY

ISBN: 9781944929114
USD $50.00
| CAN $67.5 UK £ 45

Pub Date: 7/25/2017
Active | In stock


Ray Johnson

RAY JOHNSON

KARMA, NEW YORK

ISBN: 9781938560828
USD $45.00
| CAN $55

Pub Date: 1/27/2015
Out of print | Not available


Ray Johnson: The Paper Snake

RAY JOHNSON: THE PAPER SNAKE

SIGLIO

ISBN: 9781938221033
USD $34.70
| CAN $45.95 UK £ 30

Pub Date: 7/31/2014
Active | In stock


Not Nothing: Selected Writings by Ray Johnson 1954-1994

NOT NOTHING: SELECTED WRITINGS BY RAY JOHNSON 1954-1994

Edited by Elizabeth Zuba. Text by Kevin Killian.

SIGLIO

ISBN: 9781938221040
USD $45.00
| CAN $60 UK £ 40

Pub Date: 7/31/2014
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