Tuesday, December 1, 2009
House of Ray
Before he died in 1995, the enigmatic conceptual artist Ray Johnson lived for many years in a non-descript house in Locust Valley, a quaint town on the north shore of Long Island. It was a seeming disconnect between the house and homeowner, as the house's plain facade revealed very little about the artistic nature of its owner. And yet, in terms of Ray's mysterious and reclusive nature, it was the perfect reflection. For the Book About Death exhibition in San Paolo, Brazil, I decided to do a portrait of Ray in his house.