Toad/Water

Toad:Water, by Ray Johnson, 1958, collage, 19.7 X 18.1 cm, collection of William S. Wilson

““New York is such a lonely town,/ When you’re the only surfer-boy around.” Ray was like a frog perched for a moment on a lily pad before risking another leap through the surface into the pond: — frog, pond, splash. One of his images, sometimes glued on envelopes to be dropped into the oceanic postal system, was the octopus, a sea-creature he associated with hugging the breath of life out of a person under the surface of the waters. “

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.

Image: Toad/Water, by Ray Johnson, 1958, collage, 19.7 X 18.1 cm, collection of William S. Wilson

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