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  • I’ll talk about my trajectory through indie publications and artists publication and show examples of contemporary art zines. Later I’ll define art zines vis-à-vis artists books, zines, and artists magazines, with little force or authority, I might add! These are two sci fi zines, by the way, Early sci-fi fanzines: Jan. 1948 Imagination Sci Fi fanzine; May 1940 The Science Fiction Fan fanzine Images from University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery *Stephen Duncombe
  • From punk fanzine Sideburns (Strangler band zine?). Shows DIY ethic in punk rock realm. 1970’s punk zines, my first exposure to zines. Was cover art for Put About: A Critical Anthology on Independent Publishing , ed., Maria Fusco and Ian Hunt (London: Book Works, 2004).
  • Art & design zines may not be collected by institutions that focus on particular subjects or groups like feminism, anarchism, punk rock-- or fandom of any kind. Zines may be regarded as primary resources in sociology or political science or music or popular culture only
  • When is a zine an art or design zine? Does it matter? Only matters insofar as institutions do or don’t collect zines that might be overlooked due to unclear status. A cheap book made by a famous artist like Richard Prince, Rita Ackermann, or Chris Johanson might be acquired for Artists’ Book collection, but equally excellent cheap book made by little known artist may be ignored because it doesn’t cost enough to seem important.
  • If this represents the DIY spirit of the 1970’s punk zine scene….
  • This represents the DIY call for 21 st Century, art & design DIY is far more comlicated! From Task Newsletter zine, discovered on Reference Library blog available as 16 pp pdf download
  • The cover of Task #1
  • Let me go back and explain my own history: Always an indie mag/zine junkie. A couple of my favorite zines from 1990’s,
  • by 2001 I was Chair of Periodicals Committee at PIL, where we radically changed the collection. Stop following Readers Guide CD method and started subscribing to or buying indie mags. Eventually two collection (Reference and Art & Arch merged into one giant collection) I also started a zine collection in 2003 in response to faculty requests for one. (ENG and ART depts)
  • A couple examples of independent mags.. Acquired issue of Arkitip (archetype) and wasn’t sure where to put them. Opted for Special Periodicals caged collection (after initial display).
  • Others find from that time: KnitKnit zine (1-7), found issue at St. Mark’s Bookshop in 2003 or 2004, and it really made in impression on me. Sabrina Gschwandtner, book KnitKnit: Profiles + Projects from Knitting's New Wave (2007).
  • Catholic (Evil Twin Publications) found at St. Mark’s Bookshop in zine section. hand silk-screened and stitched cover. Subsequently picked up by D.A.P. and still in print, I think, but no. 2 has yet to appear, and will it still be called a zine? (Is no. 1 even called a zine any longer—it isn’t here….)
  • Speaking of cats, here is a spread from Two Things I Love, Together (cats and cacti) zine by Alex Decarli and Adrienne Garbini (2009). Edition of 125. What Nothing Press, Brooklyn, NY. Available to examine.
  • Based on years working with mags at PIL, I published a paper in Art Doc in 2007 about contemporary, independent art mags. Illustration is Visionaire “mag” issue 42, the Scent issue. I mentioned zines in paper, but not much. I started thinking about the zines we acquired at Pratt (both selected and donated) and thought about writing something specifically about art zines, which I felt were being overlooked by many academic libraries.
  • IG Times zine, vol. 3, 1984, NYC, David Schmidlapp “Home Boy Reading”. Stanford Library recently acquired complete run of IG Times. Art directed by P.H.A.S.E. 2 from 1986-1994. (something that distinguishes art & design zines from zines)
  • Skills cover, 1993, #5, collage/photography/graffiti zine by Greg Lamarche, featured future superstars like Barry McGee (Twist), Shepard Fairey (Obey Giant), and Kaws.
  • Paying attention to gallery shows, museum shows (Younger than Jesus), websites and blogs, I’ve observed a plethora of art & design zines out there. Many artists and designers making zines these days reference artists books of the 1960’s and 1970’s. Here is Thirtyfour Parking Lots in Los Angeles, Edward Ruscha, Photographs by Art Alanis, Self-Published, Los Angeles, First Edition, 1967
  • And Here is Thirty Four Parking Lots on Google Earth by Hermann Zschiegner , 2006 Homage to Ed Ruscha (1967), since detailed addressed provided, artist able to use google maps to create new views of lots
  • Note how 2 of 3 new publications, all priced about the same, $7-$8 , are considered zines but the 1 st is a book. Maker’s preference? I’m not sure, but this begins to show the difficulty determining art zine or artists book.
  • Here is Ooga Booga, extraordinary shop in LA….
  • Note Raymond Pettibon The Major Arteries zine, only $10, but ONE PER PERSON PLEASE! Artist book by Raymond Pettibon, made for Ooga Booga. (called artist book here, I call zine). Softcover, staple-bound, 8.5" x 5.5", 52 pages, color cover, black & white xeroxed inside, 2008.
  • Art & Design zines are available on several Web sites, including some faves like Little Paper Planes, where I Thought I Knew Everything Zine by Daniel St. George, is available. silkscreen book. All pages silkscreened. 30 pp. edition of 50. signed and numbered. $40. These online sellers provide great information like form, materials, edition, price…
  • Def. here at Art Book Fair!
  • TTC will show up later, regarding a just-published book
  • Made of Nothing but Dead Stone Photo zine by graphic designer Huy Vu. B&w laser printed and saddle stitch bound in an open edition.
  • Another up and coming artist’s (a Giant Robot favorite) zine, made in 3 days, signed, edition of 50. only $4 (unusual for signed edition).
  • Marcel Dzama, 333 . Nieves publication, 32 Pages, 14 x 20 cm, b/w Photocopy, Edition of 150, 2007. At Art Book Fair.
  • Show this b/c zine made for Reference Library/Apartamento Magazine, originally for the exhibition in Milano: Everyday Life Object Shop. As usual: SORRY SOLD OUT
  • Pub Issue 1 by Pub This magazine/journal/zine was created by the graphic design students at CalArts. Show because of how described….
  • Cover, TEN26 zine, “published on occasion of the Space 1026 10-year anniversary exhibition,” 2007, Philadelphia. Mark Price. Zine as exhibition catalog. Available to examine.
  • page from Lost in the Stacks zine by Mike Perry (2009), made for Design by the Book Project, co-produced by NYPL and Design Sponge. Available to examine.
  • Flip book zine by Esther Pearl Watson, Mark Todd, and Bwana Spoons. $6. (available to examine)
  • Werewolf Express zine by Trinie Dalton, exhibition catalog for The Zine Unbound: Kult, Werewolves and Sarcastic Hippies. Zine as exhibition catalog and note acknowledgments by art galleries whose artists contributed to zine. Available to examine. Also reproduced in book of Dalton’s collected zines, Mythtym (2008, Picturebox, Inc.)
  • Zines as materials. Etagere-En-Valise piece by Robin Cameron (2009). Consists of a group of miniature versions of previously made zines, a bookstand, a glass shelf, and brackets. Edition of 5. not available to examine but some zines are!
  • A well known artist and the zine: Amy Sillman show somewhere in Europe, included zines freely distributed at show, as others like Chris Johanson have done (Deitch, early 2000’s)
  • Encrypted Zine, Standpunkte, profiled by mimi zeigler: graphics scanned by iPhone 2D Bar Code Reader. Cover says “you will not be able to read this, at least not all of it. This is fine with us.” (?)
  • A new book about zines has been released by the folks who run TTC / Telefon Til Chefen , an art space in Copenhagen.

Transcript

  • 1. Quick Zine Definition, 1930’s-Present
    • Self-published booklets sold cheaply or traded for others
    • Noncommercial, nonprofessional, urgent, unmediated expression
    • Low tech materials (cheap paper, copy machine, staples)
    • DIY ethic: make your own culture and stop consuming that which is made for you*
  • 2.
  • 3. Art & Design Zines ≠ Zines
    • Made by artist, designer, or architect
    • Features Illustration (incl. Comics), Typography, Graphic Design, Photography, Silkscreen
    • Much effort by hand: screened, illustrated, collaged, punched, stamped, cut, torn, sewn, die cut, signed
    • Subject matter conceptual, appropriation, assemblage-- or about art, design, and architecture
    • Cost more than most zines (but less than most Artists’ Books)
    • Not usually available for trade (?)
  • 4. Art & Design Zines ≠ Artists’ Books
    • Limited, numbered editions are large
    • Dematerialized, not particularly sculptural, no slip case, no box. Do resemble early Conceptual A.B.
    • Cost less than A.B. (but more than most zines)
    • Available from book store or zine distributor (“distro”)
    • I.D. by maker as “zine”
  • 5. Art & Design Zines ≠ Artists’ Magazines
    • No ISSN or ISBN (some mags and journals have either or both)
    • Irregular size or shape
    • No masthead
    • I.D. by maker as “zine”
    • Or art & design zines ARE artists’ magazines
    • sometimes, and does it really matter??
  • 6.
  • 7.
    • 8/26/09
    • PUBLISH LOCAL 
    • Find what's missing.
 2. Work in the gaps.
 3. Figure it out together.
 4. Make it visible.
 5. Make it viable.
 6. Research and plan.
 7. Expand existing systems.
 8. Plan transparently.
 9. Start small.
10. Commit to it.
11. Learn about your local flora.
12. Don't get permission.
13. Print what you've got.
14. Make positive spaces.
15. Find funding.