Volume 1 S & TPosted: August 22, 2011
Hi tasty boogers. I have two separate zines up for you this week – Volume 1 S and T, side by side, at last. I’ve decided to present them thusly because I worked on them both in Iceland, where I vacationed with my family recently. They were both created in an edition of 1 and feature stitch-bindings – an Apropos first. Please pardon the shoddiness of the stitching; they’ll get better once I’ve had some practice with the needle and thread.
What makes “S” special is the persistence of torn paper goods throughout. I was without scissors on the plane (for obvious reasons) and subsisted with some books and double-sided tape. The trend continued on the car ride, in hotels and at various rest stops. In retrospect I feel that the contours reflect the topography of coastal Iceland, where I spent the entire trip.
“T” was assembled exclusively with redacted postcards purchased from various gift shops around the island country. Featured prominently in the postcards are puffins, the national bird of Iceland. A couple of things are happening in this zine.
On one hand, the puffins are abstracted from their environment by way of the redaction process, which has found it’s way into Apropos on a number of occasions.
On another hand, there are no puffins in the zine at all. There are only puffin-postcards in the zine. If the viewer obeys this second reading then a conversation about found art ensues. Is the art “found” if, indeed, purchased? Is it “found” art at all if not found but bought at the discretion of the artist? Is the found art-approach that of a dry sponge in a moist environment? And if not, is the found art approach, then, dishonest? Let’s think about this for a while. Also try thinking about tourism, nature photography, post-modernism, hyperreality and some of that other Baudrilliard stuff.
Issue T is dedicated to my pal Quarters, for whom I forgot to write a postcard in Iceland. The next installment of Apropos is going to rock your face, I promise. Wear goggles.