1 sheet, 17" x 22", newsprint, full color
Showpaper is a big fold out list of all ages shows in the New York tri-state area. I don't go to see many bands these days but back when I did, my friends and I relied on the old bay area version, simply titled The List. The List is still around and updated and you can see the archives on its site. However, there isn't much to see. The List was really just a type written list photocopied on white paper. Showpaper combines this useful information on one side with a beautiful piece of artwork on the other. I love lists, free things, newsprint, and large things folded into smaller things so Showpaper makes me happy. They put out an issue every two weeks. They distribute on Tuesdays and you can find Showpaper at coffee shops, galleries, and record stores around New York. Their myspace says they're branching out more upstate and in New Jersey and Connecticut. As I haven't been to any of those places in ages, I couldn't tell you for sure. The current issue (#17) has artwork by Allyson Mellberg and was curated by Cinders Gallery in Williamsburg. Cinders will be choosing artists for the next couple Showpapers as well.
After the jump are posters by Brian Chippendale and The Sumi Ink Club. See the photo section of Showpaper's myspace page for more archives.
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Here is a unique magazine rack of the bentwood variety that would look excellent next to an upholstered chair or couch by Finnish designer Pancho Nikander. The Kanto Magazine Rack doubles as a firewood holder, but I think it would get scratched up too easily. I think it would double better as a file holder, because the handle makes it so easy to carry around.
Available in oak or birch veneers or red, white and black lacquer at twentytwentyone, UK only for between £73.00 and £81.00
Flickr Finds: Charm and Poise's Teen-Age Living magazine collection
OMG! So, tons of slightly damaged and display books are on sale (50-75% off) for 3 days only at the TASCHEN Store in New York. It's January 18 - 20 so you have some time to horde away a bit of your paycheck. Friday, Saturday 11:00 am to 8:00 pm; Sunday 12:00 to 7:00 pm. TASCHEN Store 107 Greene Street, NY 10012 212-226 2212
When I was a kid, my friends and I spent a lot of time making these paper fortune tellers. I even have a few good ones from back then in a drawer somewhere. When I'm sitting around, whether at home on the couch or in a meeting or class, I'm always fighting the urge to fidget. I need to be doing something at all times. Sometimes I still make these fortune tellers, or paper footballs, or the thing where you fold a dollar bill into a ring. While browsing around the Instructables website I found instructions for this cool tiny diamond-paged book. It looks complicated and has a ton of folds but the instructions are clear. The fun part is deciding how and what to draw on the little diamond-shaped pages. This book would be a great vehicle for a secret message. If you're still a student, surprise your neighbor by passing them this complicated note.
This article, "The Science of Covers," on the WWD site is meant to give one helpful hints about making a great cover, but all it actually does is give one insight into why so many magazines suck so hard. It's really very disturbing.
Flickr Finds: We love buttons! Check out the Flickr Buttons & Badges pool.
ASME's top covers of 2007. I don't think these people read too many magazines, and they certainly don't have much sense for design.
Marian Kester's essay on the punk poster and it's success in the bay area in particular talks about a history of poster making in San Francisco from '60s concert posters to political flyers as well as the relationship between punk and technology. This DEVO quote sums up the latter quite well: "The more technology you have, the more primitive you can be. With synthesizers you can express guttural sounds, bird noises, brain waves, blood flow." The last line of her essay is particularly amusing to me, an SF native: "So—elsewhere, money talks, nobody walks—and the weather stinks." I love it. Leave it to a bay area person to insult the weather in the rest of the country. Hee. But she does have a point, especially back in 1981 when she wrote it: Most cities are car cities and there just isn't enough foot traffic to justify flyering. Plus it's just too damn cold in the winter to walk around wheat-pasting.
Here, in installment two of my post on Street Art: The Punk Poster in San Francisco 1977-1981, I will show you 9 more posters and give you any information I can find on their makers. See installment one for more history and posters!
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Street Art, Part 2
No Mark Will Shine
By Mark Borthwick
Published by the journal and
bagged with their issue #21.
64 pages, full color, soft cover.
the journal, a Brooklyn-based quarterly art magazine, includes some kind of art object with each issue. Their most recent is bagged with a beautiful book and poster by artist/Brooklyn resident/hippy Mark Borthwick. Our friend LVS was so taken with the book that she asked to write a guest post. Below are her thoughts on Mark Borthwick's No Mark Will Shine. Before we get there, I'd like to mention that this issue of the journal also has a selection of zines in the back. They're not so much reviewed as displayed, but if you're looking for some new little mags to buy check there. Also, on behalf of Print Fetish, I'd like to wish you all a happy new year! Back to the review:
Lately I return home from vacations with a couple rocks. Yesterday I came back from a vacation in Colorado with two white quartz stones shot through with red seams. These stones are more exciting to me than the pepper grinder or fancy sweatshirt I received as christmas presents.There are certain things that are simply beautiful—gold, sunsets, flowers, and stones to name a few. Looking at Mark Borthwick's book No Mark Will Shine, I am sure he is a kindred spirit. Inside are photocopies of his collections of feathers and dried flowers as well as photographs and words. Among the photographs are images of a little child with messy long hair building a teepee out of sticks, a exalting woman with flowers on her head, and a group of people (including Borthwick) wearing wreathes and capes. The scenarios are child's play or drug induced psychedelic joy. Pastoral scenes of friendly donkeys and running horses are interspersed with intimate portraits of a young naked woman. Each figure is repeated many times and in different forms. We see the donkey in color, as a stencil, as a close up with a hand, then as a word and an ink drawing. Typed and handwritten words, photos, paint, scans, photocopies and music (the book comes with an audio cd) seem interchangeable. The images fade in and out of reality taking on the semblance of memory or a drug haze. They become symbols of joyfulness like constant reminders that beauty is always present and natural. Throughout the book images and words are crossed out or obscured by paint, other words images or what looks like burn marks. This obstruction can take the form of decoration, obscuring, or highlighting. By collecting beautiful objects and memories and re-envisioning negativity, Borthwick constructs his own joyful world.
Where to buy: the journal website, or various cool newsstands.
The Kamui Magazine Rack basically looks like an oversized napkin holder, but the good thing about this design is that it keeps magazine covers visible. Because of the size and shape, this is one of the few magazine racks that works on a tabletop. Available in white, black, blue and red.
Available at Loft Party for $37
Our pals over at The Pop Manifesto have a new issue up. It's bright, it's fun, it's full of short interviews with artists and musicians and photos and stuff. There's an interview in here with Serps Press guy Thomas Jeppe about his obsession with/books on homemade tattoos.
David Hepworth's Review of the Year: Magazines in The Guardian asks "Have the glossies lost their shine?" (link via MagCulture)
ASME's names Best Magazine Covers of 2007. Ho hum.
North Drive Press #4 is out. I checked it out at a friend's house and it looks fantastic. As soon as I get one, I'll review it.
Viva La Marriage (or Mandrills Don't Need Love)
By Frank Olive and Rudy Shepard
Edited by Gabrielle Giattino
Published by Swiss Institute / Contemporary Art
8.5" x 11"
260 pages, Black and white, Softcover
I've never worked in a gallery, but I can imagine from my years of working on magazines that hours of sitting around in the office is probably required. Frank Olive and Rudy Shepard are both artists who manage galleries (The Swiss Institute and The Drawing Center). Viva La Marriage is a collection of a year of their faxed correspondence. I love faxes. I love the way they look: the weird feeling paper, the messy print quality that varies greatly from machine to machine, the transmitting of visual information over the phone lines, etc. This book is great. I like the rhythm of it—back and forth between Olive and Shepard, between simple notes about office annoyances and diagrams of boredom, riffing off each other's drawings, word plays and inside jokes. The length of the book and the volume of drawings also helps to kind of put you in that stuck in the office all day mindset. Viva La Marriage originally accompanied a show at The Swiss Institute called, "Do You Like Stuff?" Every day the show was up, a new fax from Shepard was tacked to the wall accompanied by a response drawing from Olive.
Viva La Marriage is available from The Swiss Institute Shop for $20.
UPDATE: Frank and Rudy also have a blog.
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