Ray Johnson: Nothing vs. Nothing at the NY Art Book Fair

Events

August 26th, 2014

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2014

PRINTED MATTER’S NY ART BOOK FAIR AT MOMA PS1

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. in The Classroom. Free and open to the public.

 

Ray Johnson: Nothing vs. Nothing with Mark Bloch and Elizabeth Zuba

Multi-media artist Mark Bloch and writer/editor Elizabeth Zuba bring together their distinct visual and literary perspectives to explore Ray Johnson’s innovative interpretations of “the book” and its relationship to his concept-practice of Nothing.  Mail-, Pop-, Conceptual-artist Ray Johnson began making small, dense artists books in the 1950s; over the next 40 years the books went through a dimensional transformation that transcended the limits of space-time into simultaneously ephemeral and eternal ouroboroi of endless pages of return. “This third paragraph (…) has been cut out because it did not have the element of surprise like seeing the moon in the sky.” (Ray Johnson, 1967) Presented by Siglio in conjunction with the publication of Not Nothing: Selected Writings by Ray Johnson, 1954-1994.

 

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Work by Ray Johnson, 1967. Courtesy of Richard L. Feigen & Co. and the Ray Johnson Estate. All rights reserved.