AN INTERNATIONAL MAIL ART EXHIBITION CELEBRATING:
• The Life and Work of the Father of Mail Art, Ray Johnson
• The First "A Book About Death" exhibition in 2009, curated by Matthew Rose
• The 28 Worldwide ABAD shows that followed over the past 10 years
• The Thousands of International Mail Artists brought together by the ABAD Project
Friday, August 9, 2019
138 / Coco Gordon / USA
From Coco Go (an original member of Ray Johnson's Correspondance School):
"My entry starts on the written side of the card which mentions the onion
(…"not with corduroy or onion…”)
So on the flip side is our REONION a permutation of our original 1981 REUNION,
that after the reunion
Became the Reonion, then became the Rayon when the contents he [Ray Johnson] gave me
in 6 large cartons of mail art,
I placed onto shelves to try on, & we did several ties with different visitors.
(Rayon means Shelves in French) - Then he changed the name to the RAGON,
which as a gay person I took to mean Rag On after which he kept on sending me clues
I didn’t understand until his death.
He had called me & even left messages on my answering machine
over & over & sent me strange letters with Gaugin walking on water, we sent back 'n forth from 1990 on
Asking me, me did I “Get It?” & I always said no,
Well... it was Ray Gone!!
So I found letters he had sent me for my entry this time around."