Holes and Halos

06/24/08

holes.jpgHoles and Halos
Photographs by Paul Schiek
Published by these birds walk and Stephen Wirtz Gallery
11x17 newsprint, B/W, 24 pages
Free (Given out at his show at Thomas Erben Gallery in NY)

Paul Schiek's new book Holes and Halos, made in conjunction with a show at Thomas Erben Gallery, is the best thing I've seen by him so far. This book is a closed circuit of holes and halos, absence and echoes, light and dark. The images are organized in such a wonderful way. The book begins where it ends, with a hole and a halo. Everything in between—the trees, the waves, the hands—appears as if it's leaning toward the center so it rushes forward and then pulls itself back around again. Looking at Mr. Schiek's lovely newsprint catalog is a calming experience. I love this reoccurring shape, more like a gesture i guess, made by hands and bodies and trees and water. It's both strong and tender. I love whole pages of newsprint that are mostly covered in ink. I love getting books in the mail.

Holes and Halos is unavailable at press time but Mr. Schiek tells us that it will be back and buyable once his new site launches next month. In the meantime we have some images from the book after the jump. And you can look at his current website for other books and projects. The next installment of The Kin Series—the first of which we reviewed here—is in the works, so stay tuned!

Continue Reading Holes and Halos

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Hey, The BUKAN Magazine Rack is not available in the U.S! Lame. I love powder-coated steel and bold, colorful typographic shapes, so this Swiss design is totally going into my want folder. I mean, this big red "X," which can hold quite a bit of media, would really look excellent next to the contrasting colors of a couch or wall. Perhaps one day I'll have enough rooms for all these hot mag holders.

The Bukan Magazine Rack is available in Europe only for 199.50 Euros.

image_2336.gifDwelling Portably 1980-1989
By Bert and Holly Davis
Published by Microcosm Publishing
5.5" x 8.5", 176 pages, BW
$7

It's been ages since I've hitchhiked anywhere, or slept outside, or lived out of my car. I've been settled into my own apartment with a cat and a girlfriend for years. But now that I'm looking for a job in the hot beginning of a New York summer, the thought of just packing up and wandering off holds a certain appeal.

I picked up Microcosm's Dwelling Portably at Left Bank Books in Seattle and read it on a road trip to Boulder. The book is a collection of 10 years of Bert and Holly Davis' newsletter, Message Post: About Portable Dwelling and Long Camping. For the past 30 years, they've been cranking it out on a manual typewriter in their yurt. They share tons of fantastic useful information and stories about living a nomadic life with fellow travelers, who also frequently write in with their own two cents. You'll find diagrams and notes on how to make tools, portable showers, find seasonal jobs, stay warm at night while Winter camping; hitchhiking and freight train hopping guides; suggestions from people who live in their car, in tents, yurts, tipis, or nowhere at all. And perhaps my favorite thing about Dwelling Portably are the personal stories that surround the helpful information. I've talked about this before in reference to Straight To Hell... you have a zine with a really specific topic—gay sex in Straight to Hell and camping and nomadic living in Dwelling Portably—and people write in with their stories, and around the relevant information are these sort of mundane details about their lives, their likes and dislikes. These intimate details are the things that make the stories human and connect them to readers like me, someone who is neither a gay dude nor a person who camps or even leaves the city.

You can buy Dwelling Portably for $7.00 at Microcosm Publishing

I don't like all the mags on the list of The beauty of print: the best-looking titles on the news-stand, but I do find it interesting how magazines that are at least striving for quality and creativity get mentioned in the European press. [via MagCulture]

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Flickr Finds: Hilly Blue's incredible collection of After Dark magazine scans, featuring celebrity portraits, movie stills and tons of naked dancers (if you hunt, you'll find some not often seen Mapplethorpe photos, like the one below).

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The Ephemerist is a blog I've been enjoying that shows cool comics, illustration, advertising and various cool junk.

My current addiction is We Heart it, an image bookmarking site where you collect all the images that inspire you, and share them with all your pals. Basically I got tired of waiting around for an invitation to ffffound. Anyone can join We Heart It, which makes it cool and lame... but I'm on it, so theres always that.

Interview

06/02/08

I picked up the second issue of Fabien Baron and Glenn O'Brien's Interview, with Marc Jacobs on the cover, and let me tell you... Interview may just very well be back. I was immediately pulled toward it on the shelf at St. Marks books because it lacked the irritating, typical and excessive cover lines which pollutes most American magazines. I was also pleased to see that actual art direction was taking place on the cover, as well as inside.

In a desperate bid for survival, Interview joined the cover-line arms race toward stupidity. Concept fell to the forces of project hype and too much control from people in marketing and celebrity agent negotiations. The magazine, once the most fabulous indicator of everything interesting about the pop and art world, had slid into the celebrity hole in an attempt to compete with drivel like Entertainment Weekly an Us Magazine. As far as I can tell... the night freaks, downtown icons and art world hadn't been reading Interview for years, but it looks like Baron and O'Brien are set to bring Interview back into the hands of Warhol's children.

This isn't the official re-design or re-direction of the magazine, just a taste of things to come, according to Baron. The look has been stripped down and emboldened with typography that is extremely well executed. The overall content isn't yet completely satisfying, probably due to stories that have been brewing since before the new team. But the "80th Warhol Birthday" section featuring Warhol memorabilia, superstars and the reflections of 14 contemporary artists (presented with typography that is arranged in a very painterly manner) is quite beautiful. This section alone is worth the ity-bity $3.50 cover price.

I'm excited to see what they'll be up to. The June issue is out now in the U.S

Ms. Keough was wearing a vintage Gucci tuxedo this weekend performing the wedding ceremony of her sister to some dude. I didn't even know she was ordained. Life is full of surprises. Sorry for not posting, but we've been all stressed out and working a lot, so blogging has fallen to the wayside. Plus the weather is amazing, so I've been walking around more, and sitting in front of the computer less. Ms. Keough just finished college (!!!) and is running all over the west coast marrying people and operating a cross-country piano moving business. More in a bit.

The New York Photo Festival kicks off this evening with an opening of Various Photographs, a huge show curated by Tim Barber, and a party at the Powerhouse Arena. For most festival events, you need to buy tickets or have a pass but the Various Photographs opening is free and open to the public. And I have a photo in it. So come out! The show is from 7-10 at 70 Front St. in DUMBO, Brooklyn.

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roundupmay08.jpgANP Quarterly #10 has Sarah from Colette on the cover. When I went to Paris, Colette was on my short list of things I must see as soon as possible. In Brendan Fowler's introduction to his interview with Sarah, he explains Colette as "a museum of moments—all moments, past present and future—and a superb celebration and instigation of the NOW." It's illuminating to read a behind the scenes account of how Colette is curated and how some of their collaborations came about. This new solid issue of ANP continues with Black Panther Minister of Culture Emory Douglas' amazing posters, photographer Jim Goldberg, the great and muscley world of Tom of Finland, a profile on magazine we love Hamburger Eyes, and more.

This month i-D gives us something they haven't done before: an entire issue dedicated to one person. I for one am so glad it's not an actor—bo-ring! It's model Agyness Deyn billed as the new face of Britain. Full disclosure time, I worked on Billy Sullivan's cover shoot and spent a couple days hanging out with Agyness and Josh and Billy and company. She was warm, energetic, hilarious and a dream to photograph. Our cover shot is pictured to the left here though it's only available in Japan (sorry mom!). The other 6 covers were shot by Terry Richardson, Matt Jones, Nick Knight, and Alasdair McLellan. The issue is bright and fun and includes an interview with her mum. The best of the non-Agy bits is an exclusive look at Harmony Korine's movie Mister Lonely with photographs by Ari Marcopoulis.

Girls Like Us has a new issue out with a fierce jock on the cover. The photography in this issue is particularly good, I must say. The mag is also thicker this time and stapled. They're starting a Fresh Faces series and this issue features New Yorkers photographed by Sophie Mörner. Plenty of PF favorites are included but we're still waiting for our close-up (hint hint). Also in this issue are trans-dudes, cabbie and writer Melissa Plaut, sports, hair, filmmakers Maria Beatty and Pauline Boudry, and more.

Holy shit, Batman, Saturday is FREE comic book day all over the WORLD (mostly Canada and the US, Euro suckas)! Free?! Go to your favorite local comic shop and snap something up, first come first serve. Most publishers print special issues with a variety of original (and reprinted) shorts from their various tittles, while some stores hand out gift bags of popular titles or surplus back issues. All you arty people... go on, TRY IT!

Saturday May 3: My pal Gabe Soria just moved back to New Orleans AND his brand new graphic novel Life Sucks, co-written by Jessica Abel and drawn by Warren Pleece, just came out. Tomorrow, 2PM at More Fun Comics in New Orleans, Gabe will be signing copies of Life Sucks. You know what's awesome about New Orleans: it's free comic book day will have beer and live music. Who else can say that?! More Fun Comics 8200 Oak St, New Orleans, 504.865.1800


Gabe is in New Orleans, and his story is about Vampires. But HELL NO, it aint nothing like Ann Rice

Rocketship comics in Brooklyn will have book signings from Matt Loux (11:00 to 1:30), artist/writer of Saltwater Taffy, and Fred Van Lente (1:30 to 4:00), writer of Iron Man and a zillion other silly superhero comics. Rocketship Comics 208 Smith Street, Brooklyn, New York,718.797.1348

Comic Book Jones in Staten Island will have signings from one of my favorites, Evan Dorkin of Milk and Cheese, Sarah Dyer of Action Girls and John Ruiz of The Wannabees. 2220 Forest Ave Staten Island, NY, 718.448.1234

Many other stores will have signings as well, so check the Free Comic Book Day Listings

Happy May day, everyone! -insert joke about a pole here- There is just so much to do. If I have a free moment this weekend, while trying to finish up graduating from college, I'll make sure to attend at least one of these events:

journalspring.jpgThursday May 1: the journal is celebrating the launch of their Spring 2008 issue at Printed Matter tonight. Artists include Jonathan Meese and Terrence Koh and Jack Pierson will be on hand to sign copies of his 32 page supplement of drawings. Printed Matter. 195 10th Ave. 5-7pm. Free.

Friday May 2: "The Three Musketeers Reunited" - Umberto Eco, Mario Vargas Llosa and Salman Rushdie at the 92nd St. Y. Expensive, but intriguing. 1395 Lexington Ave @92nd. 7:30pm. $20.

Sunday May 4: The Columbia MFA Thesis Exhibition. I try to wander through this every year. Sometimes it's best when you BYOB. For every cool thing you see there's plenty of !??! and definitely lots of fashion to discuss as you walk among the crowds. Columbia University 2008 MFA Thesis Exhibition, curated by João Ribas, opens at the Fisher Landau Center for Art, 38-27 30th St at 39th Ave, LIC, 2-5pm. Free.



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