Windows: whatever could keep the world out could let the world in

%22Island,%22 by Ray Johnson, 1957, collection of William S. WIlson, 14 x 10.2 cm.

“If Ray’s collages were like windows, they were like windows in the sense of openings which permitted contingencies to surface in walls of unresponsive and objective indifference. In order for him to preserve indeterminate immediacies, he improvised upon whatever happened to pop through a door or to appear in a window. The doors and windows, which might well be used for security, were looked to for uncertainty and novelty. Because whatever could keep the world out could let the world in, any window might admit contingencies into the walls.” (page 23)

Link to full text: William S. Wilson, “The Art of Friendship,” Ray Johnson: Black Mountain College Dossier #4, BMC Museum & Arts Center, Asheville, NC, 1997.

Image: “Island,” by Ray Johnson, 1957, collection of William S. Wilson, 14 x 10.2 cm.

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