Artkrush #48

12/27/06

ndp3.jpgHello from my vacay in lovely San Francisco. I'm taking a break from driving around taking photographs and visiting pals to check email and look at my favorite websites. I got the new issue of Artkrush and it has a nice feature on alternative art publications. Check it out.

pictured: Spit Rainbow postcard by Melanie Schiff from North Drive Press #3.

capricious5cover.jpgCapricious is a New York-based photography magazine that's published twice a year. I talked about how much I like it in an earlier post. I finally caught up with its editor and publisher Sophie Morner and asked her some questions. Here they are below:

Tell me a bit about the beginning of Capricious. Who did you start it with? Why the name Capricious?

I got the idea for Capricious in 2003, when I was about to finish school at NYU. Shortly after, I moved to Amsterdam to be with my girlfriend, and slowly got Capricious going there, with her support and many other great people.

I picked the name Capricious because for me it represents the community or generation I belong to. It’s this certain restlessness, or brattyness I think we all have...

What is your mission?

To create a platform for emerging artists from all over the world.

How do you choose the format: very little text, large images, perforated pages?

I think there is so many magazines/journals out there that represent either text around photography, or journalism, or fashion photography. Capricious is a magazine that gives the image full space and rest. The perforated pages play with the idea that the images in the magazine are also individual pieces of art.

Continue Reading PF INTERVIEW: Sophie Morner

Make Your Own

12/22/06

binding.jpgHello, before I sign off for the long Christmas weekend (have fun everyone!), I'd like to introduce a new semi-regular feature: Make Your Own. In it I'll give you information, instructions, ideas, and links for all kinds of book and magazine making. So, let's get started. It may be too late for you to make a book as a Christmas present but maybe if you're spending the week at your parents' house, you'll have some time/be bored enough to give a new project a try.

Here's a thorough and easy to understand article on how to perfect bind a book by hand. Brian Sawyer, a writer and editor for Make and Craft magazines, writes very clearly and includes some photos to help make the project easier.

And, of course, you are welcome to make and send us books. We'd love it.

archivision.jpgArchivision #1 and Now Let's Put On A Show #6
72 pages, 5.25 x 8.5
Photocopy, saddlestich

Last week's post about the Queer Zine Archive, and a subsequent rummage through some old boxes of zines, has got me thinking about The Confessional Zine. They were certainly popular when I was a kid--most of my friends and i wrote pages of diary-like prose and photocopied them into lil mags for the enjoyment of others. I was hoping to find some examples from some of my favorites so I could treat you with a little zine history today. I'm not really having much luck. I'm on the lookout for copies of Mr. Dog, Hessian Obsession, and anything by my disappeared friend Jason Pruitt. But I did discover that Joshua Plague of Behead The Prophet No Lord Shall Live fame and writer of Now I Don the Mask of Melancholy and Now I Devour You is now a chef, has a vegan cookbook out, and has been touring the country with a rock and roll cooking show.

He's also recently put out this thick compilation of stuff which he describes on the cover as, "A torrid tome of collected flyer art, flyers, amusing tales and dull recitations from various and sundry shows mostly from the 90s..." Maybe I'm just having a moment of nostalgia (gag), but this mag is hilarious and I'm totally enjoying it.

Buy it from Buy Olympia. His cookbooks and food related zines are also available there.

Gift Ideas

12/21/06

It's Christmas time, so we all should be buying stuff. I was out wandering through my favorite bookstores yesterday and came up with some gift ideas I want to share with you.

bok_kingsize_big.jpgFor your little brother or sister:
King Size
A project about Tags, DIY-Craft & Subcultural Globalization
By Adams
The cardboard covers were cut by hand. This thick volume shows you how to make a fat marker of your own and is full of pictures of people writing graffiti from all over the world.


gocco.jpgFor any zine-maker, or for me, because this thing rules:
The Gocco Silkscreen Kit is a mini silkscreen making kit. It takes no time to burn their little screens and it's nowhere near as messy as the real deal. The company is going out of business and these are getting harder to find. Some people started a Save Gocco campaign. Check there for updates and look on ebay for the kits. And when you find one, send it to me.

vito.jpgAlso for me or your coolest family member:
0-9 The Complete Magazine: 1967-1969
Vito Acconci and Bernadette Mayer
Collection of the 7 issues of 0 to 9, Vito Acconci and Bernadette Mayer's mimeographed magazine. Their aim was to explore the relationship between language and the page and the contributors list is full of major artists and writers of the time, including Sol LeWitt, Adrian Piper, Dan Graham, Robert Smithson, Yvonne Rainer, and the editors themselves.

IHeartDrknss_cover.jpgI Heart Darkness
Natascha Snellman
8 x 5.5" 122 pages
Edition of 500.

I like Natascha Snellman's interview style and the overall feeling of this book. Opening the book with a few pages of Natascha's own collage work sets a casual, familiar tone which definitely continues in the interviews. She interviews 14 artists about their ways of making art. Interviewees include: Ami Tallman, Sue De Beer, Ashley Macomber, and Gus Van Sant. After the interviews is 30 pages of examples of the artists' recent work.

The publisher, 2nd Cannons Publications, says on their site: "Limited deluxe version with an additional volume of Natascha's collages coming soon!" And I'm into that. I love limited editions, more handmade versions, and books that come with prints or a package of cute items.

Buy this book from 2nd Cannons Publications directly or from the New Museum shop.

Index

12/20/06

When Index magazine folded this year a big hole opened up in publishing. Index was practically the only American art / entertainment / lifestyle (I'm not sure what category you'd call it, but you get the idea) magazine that didn't suck. They took over Interview's role (which ceased to be relevant about 15 years ago - some people would say 20) as the most cool interview magazine on the stands. They eschewed excessive cover-lines and trendy celebrity styling in favor of bold typefaces and bright uncluttered photography and layouts. They featured whoever they damn well pleased - people they liked, not just actors with a new movie coming out. It was intelligent and informative, yet playful and irreverent. Index could be read cover to cover without the reader being bombarded by irritating product placements and excessive adds. Index was more about being part of a community than being a marketing tool. There is nothing right now to take it's place. Fortunately the entire 10 year run of Index is online - check it out.

arktip.jpgNow You Know
5.25" x 7"
64 pages plus cover
Offset printed, notch bound
Packaged in their own slipcover and self seal poly bag

ALife's co-founder Tony Arcabascio and Arktip just put out this slim, amusing volume of Tony's 'Alife How To' column that he wrote in for Arktip from 2003-2006. It's like a manual for how to be a cool skate kid. In general, I'm sorta bored with stories about drunk dudes breaking shit but this is a funny read. And I like that it's small enough to carry around in case you're in a jam and need to know how to torch a car or something like that.

Buy it at an arty bookstore or from Arktip direct.

LTTR

12/19/06

Last night I was making dinner at my house when I got a phone call about the LTTR issue #5 release party and show in progress around the corner. I shoved the few remaining brussel sprouts in my mouth, grabbed my camera, and ran over. Unfortch, I missed most of the entertainment, walking in during the last act: two cute kids singing a bad cover of U Got It Bad.

Positively Nasty, the 5th issue of queer feminist art journal LTTR, looks fantastic. Thick brown cardstock cover, spiral-bound, a plastic pouch of stuff inside. I'll write more about it once I actually get a copy and read it. The party was fun, but I wish I'd gotten there earlier. Was anyone else there? If you got there on time, tell us what we missed in the comments.

More photos after the jump...

Continue Reading LTTR

psychic.jpgDesign is too damn expensive - but sometimes something comes along that is just as fabulous as it's high end counterparts. This Acrylic Magazine Table has often caught my eye when I walk into The Container Store. It's modern and lightweight and highly affordable at $69. It's the perfect night-stand or end-table, that not only works well as a temporary solution - but blends in well as a permeant piece in modern decor.



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