MinXus Mail Bag: Elvis-Themed Ray Johnson Fake by Richard Canard (Carbondale, Illinois, USA)

Richard - 1.24.2015 - 1

Mail-art by Richard Canard (Carbondale, Illinois, USA)

Many Tenderfoots are aware that Richard Canard’s fake Ray Johnson collages are a part of mail-art history, rooted especially in the years following Ray Johnson’s death (January 13, 1995). These Johnson fakes are a wonderful homage. They are packed with allusions and wit. They have also been controversial, generating ire and accusation. In 2013, MinXus-Lynxus conducted one of its renowned investigations into the matter of the Canard/Johnson fakes. We filed this report that might be of some interest to those who do not know the background:

https://minxuslynxus2.wordpress.com/2013/04/14/minxus-mail-bag-authentic-fake-ray-johnson-from-richard-canard-carbondale-illinois-usa/

Very likely as a remembrance of Ray Johnson’s demise 20 years ago this month, Richard Canard sent us an absolutely stunning fake to add to our collection. Twenty years is indeed a landmark, and Johnson is more “famous” today than he was at the time of his passing. Despite grim predictions, the mail-art network is thriving in the digital age. The collage was carefully protected:

Richard - 1.24.2015 - 2

Now for the main attraction. The Johnsonian iconography is particularly rich in this piece:

Richard - 1.24.2015 - 3

We consider this a treasure as it features both Elvis and the Lucky Strike logo. And we consider all aspects of a Richard Canard mailing part of the art:

Richard - 1.24.2015 - 4

And the usual suspect:

Richard - 1.24.2015 - 5

Deepest thanks to Richard Canard for sending us this spectacular fake! This is one of our faves – ever!

 

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: