sailor’s watch-cap

Photos of Ray Johnson by William S. Wilson, c.1967-68

“I think now of the “watch” in the sailor’s watch-cap he [Ray] sometimes wore, an image of his imagination as an attentive sailor, that is, a person who is floating on the surfaces, looking attentively across the surface of depths he must not let his ship to sink into. The elements in his visual and verbal collages can be thought of as themselves sailors, that is, as nomadic entities that can be moved from place to place, adhering to surfaces above perhaps unfathomable depths. Ray enjoyed Norman Solomon’s joke about the Hippies on the Staten Island Ferry, the first of whom says, “Look at all that water,” and the second of whom replies, “Yeah, and that’s only the top.””

Link to full text:  William S. Wilson in “Ray Johnson Aboveboard” in From BMC to NYC: The Tutelary Years of Ray Johnson, BMC Museum & Arts Center, Asheville, NC, 2010.

Photos of Ray Johnson by William S. Wilson, c.1967-68

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