Friday, September 29, 2017

school assignment ~~ Ignore meeee

Zine artists to collaborate with:
  1. Andy Warhol
  2. . Max Pam
  3. Amy Friend
Andy Warhol founded Interview magazine in late 1969 with journalist John Wilcock. When I picked it up from the vintage vendor at the book fair  (working with Marcus Campbell Art Books), he described it as "tragically glamorous" and seemed satisfied with my wide eyed appreciation as I stood there and poured over the original copies he was selling for $500 each. An appropriate price now, although at the time of their creation they were frequently handed out free to celebrities, socialites, and even the occasional passerby on the street from Warhol himself. The magazine is still in circulation, currently being published by Brant Publications.  The magazine is considered the father of DIY mags (prob isn't, but being famous, white, and male helps your rep a lot). Most say that Warhol himself didn't really even play a huge role in the actual creation, but curated the team who did. In fact, in most of what I read, everyone seemed to be mysteriously hands-off. But I think it plays into how cool it was at the time to seem to care about nothing. Finding information about how it was made was surprisingly hard, but it was printed on large, newspaper-size paper. Kind of hard to not geek out over the original Interview magazines. They featured personal interviews and spreads with some of the most iconic artists of the time.

Max Pam is an Australian photographer who's work primarily focuses on autobiographical documentation of his adventures traveling. Promises To Keep is a compilation of photographs, notes, and postcards that he's been collecting from various locations since the mid 70s, focusing on the post cards as a theme. He collages pieces together, using the space as a diary. I was really impressed because the zine is bound like a book (it is a book, but it's also a zine! This issue is No.9!), and the print quality is amazing. The photos are soooo gorgeous, super intimate, all translating specific feelings and emotions. I loved his use of color. He makes very specific choices, from black and white to oversaturated to drawing color on the photos, and I thought everything worked perfectly and was very effective.

Amy Friend is a Canadian artist who has shown her work all over the world. For Are We Stardust?, Amy curated a collection of vintage photographs. She laser cut holes in the paper, commenting on the fragility of our lives and history. Each page was folded over, so when the page was pressed flat, it looked like spots on the photo - but as you turned it, the light and movement manipulated the image beautifully.  I was first attracted to the typography, I love the delicate letters and how they're scattered on the page, although still maintaining a nice shape and good balance with her name. I love simple design so muchhhhh