The zines of Mark Gonzales

Long overdue, Non Stop Poetry: The Zines of Mark Gonzales is a comprehensive presentation of the zines made by Gonzales from the early-’90s to the present day. Gonzales, thought by many to be the greatest skateboarder of all time, is revealed by this significant book to deserve equal recognition as an artist and poet. His extraordinary production of more than 145 zines (the exact number is unknown since Gonzales kept no records of his output), is a remarkable artistic achievement worthy of the careful analysis and documentation provided by this book. Gonzales zines are made spontaneously using an argot all his own and demonstrate a remarkable gift for verse and drawing. Misshapen, hastily scribbled and collaged into brilliantly drawn and colored ephemeral pamphlets, these handmade zines continue a notable tradition of artist-made publications from Ed Ruscha to Raymond Pettibon.

Produced in extremely limited numbers, Gonzales’ zines were almost exclusively distributed outside traditional channels. Most were generously given away or mailed to friends reminiscent of the distribution of Wallace Berman’s Semina. If they did find their way to stores such as Printed Matter in New York or Colette in Paris, they were almost immediately snatched up. Thus, the compilation of these zines was a herculean effort and the book is invaluable as an encyclopedic compendium that will be a critical purchase for anyone interested in contemporary artist publications. Every zine found after years of research by the editors which was created by Gonzales from 1992 until today, including those created in collaboration with Harmony Korine, Cameron Jamie, and others, is presented with all available publishing information and illustrated with cover and interior scans.

Upon critical contemplation of the aesthetic and philosophical contents of the zines, Gonzales’ creative genius becomes evident. From child-like drawings of playful characters [...]


Sleeping Hermaphroditos

 

The Sleeping Hermaphroditos, is a Roman Imperial work  from the 2nd century AD and  was discovered near the Baths of Diocletian in Rome, and probably inspired by a Greek original of the 2nd century BC. The mattress was sculpted by Bernini.

With the sculpture’s womanly curves, you might think walking past without closer observation, that a female is depicted. Hermaphroditos was actually a male, the son of Hermes and Aphrodite, and is depicted here as a bisexed figure. The sculpture, and those like it, raise profound questions about the nature of arousal, desire and gender.

The following sections are written by Astier Marie-Bénédicte of the Louvre,and described this fascinating piece of art in more detail:

The story of Hermaphroditos:

There is nothing improper in this work, but it still intrigues the viewer. Hermaphroditos, had rejected the advances of the nymph Salmacis. Unable to resign herself to this rejection, Salmacis persuaded Zeus to merge their two bodies forever, hence the strange union producing one bisexed being with male sexual organs and the voluptuous curves of a woman. Stretched out in erotic abandon on the mattress provided by Bernini, the figure sleeps. Yet Hermaphroditos has only fallen half asleep: the twisting pose of the body and the tension apparent down to the slightly raised left foot are indicative of a dream state.

An embodiment of Hellenistic taste:

[…] The subject reflects the taste for languid nudes, surprise effects, and theatricality, all of which were prized in the late Hellenistic period. The work is designed to be viewed in two stages. First impressions are of a gracious and sensuous body that leads one to think that the figure is a female nude in the Hellenistic tradition; this effect is heightened here by the sinuousness of the pose. The other [...]


Happy Birthday Greg Irons!

Greg Irons, the underground comic artist and tattoo god had his first tattoo done in the 1960s, and it was the word “tattoo” on his left forearm. 

He was also born on this day in 1947 so to celebrate we are having a recap of his prolific impact on the world of tattooing. If you’re not familiar with Iron’s work its about time you were so here is more about him taken from the Tattoo Archive:

 

Gregory Rodman Irons was born September 29, 1947 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His father was in advertising and his mother was a registered nurse. Greg attended Upper Marion High School up until the 10th grade and was involved in just about every aspect of the school newspaper. Greg’s brother Mark said that Greg displayed intense interest in art at an early age, even at the risk of spankings. “He used to scribble all over the walls when he was young, and mother would wash them off and tell him to stop. Then one day, she moved the bed to vacuum under it, and she saw that Greg had crawled under the bed to draw all over the baseboards there.” Greg was a self-taught artist, whose early influences were the Mad pocket book reprints featuring Kurtzman, Elder, Wood, and Davis.

Irons moved to San Francisco during the winter of 1967 and created a rock poster for a band playing at the ballroom, The Western Front. With this printed poster in hand, Irons went to see Bill Graham and got an art gig for an upcoming concert at the Fillmore Auditorium. Ultimately, Bill Graham Productions commissioned Irons for a series of posters for great bands of that era, including Moby Grape, Paul Butterfield, Jefferson Airplane, Crosby-Stills-Nash & Young, Albert King [...]


The creative director of the jewellery brand The Sum shares with us his tattoos

The creative director of Oregon based jewellery company The Sum has shared with us photos and descriptions of his truly impressive tattoo collection. Spanning from the likes of Thomas Hooper, Stefanie Tamez, Chad Koeplinger and Liam Sparkes, David owns tattoos by some of the most innovative and important contemporary tattooers around so we decided to find out more about his journey and collection.

 

Arms & Feet

I got the tiger head from Craig Brown here in Portland, OR a couple years ago. Whenever I would go in his shop I’d see a painting he did of this old flash- and I loved it, but I never knew where to get it tattooed on me. So one day I decided the foot, and we put it on there. The rose is from Bailey Robinson. I’ve always loved his roses, so after I got the tiger I knew that I needed a rose on the other foot. We did that one in his private studio in Brooklyn, NYC. The toes are all stick and pokes from my friend. For a couple months last year we’d have people over at my old house and have some drinks and hand poke each other. It was always fun, and someone ended up with a pizza-skateboard tattoo one time that was real cool. I’ll have to finish the toes off one day with more stick and pokes. I’d love to have Guy Le Tattooer do the toes on the other foot.

I was in Denver, CO visiting a friend and we both decided we wanted to get tattooed, but I think it was a Monday or something so a bunch of shops were closed. She was friends with Fish who owned a shop, so after a few [...]


Vesmir Peklo : New Noveta X Susu Laroche X Dean Wellings.

EMBRACING TERROR. VYKON. FUNCTIONAL HYSTERIA. PLNOU SILOU. ZAROVKA. DELAKTIG CONFLICT. PRUZRACNY AGITATION. ZEZINXUSHUNXUSHU. KUSEDUZE. FULL FORCE. PELLUCID POBUDZENIE. FULL KRAFT’

On Friday night a multimedia installation of a collaboration between performance duo New Noveta (Keira Fox & Ellen Freed), their costume designer Dean Wellings and photographer and filmmaker Susu Laroche will be on show at Lima Zulu.

Opening on 26th of September from 6-10pm the show will also be open on the following day on the 27th of September.

A teaser for the show can be viewed here

  www.newnoveta.blogspot.co.uk www.susularoche.com www.limazulu.co.uk  

Francesca Woodman at Victoria Miro

 

 

In her short career photographer Francesca Woodman produced an extraordinary body of work – over 800 photographs – acclaimed for its singularity of style and range of innovative techniques. London’s Victoria Miro gallery will be showing a solo exhibition of her work until the 4th of October

This exhibition will consider the recurring themes within Woodman’s work, the abstract geometrical forms which would often reappear within her photographs. Woodman’s practice is often discussed in terms of its surreal and symbolic imagery, but her work was grounded in a sophisticated understanding of form. Her photography exemplified strong compositional motifs, and the repetitive, regular shape of the zigzag, with its strong lines and angles, was a form she used in images of disparate subjects.

Passing away at the tragically young age of 22 in 1981, Woodman left behind her a body of work much greater than her age. This exhibition will be sure to present us with a thoughtful reflection of her work.

More information about the exhibition can be found here

Victoria Miro Mayfair 
14 St George Street London W1S 1FE

 

 


Andrew Logan picks his favourite outfits from the Alternative Miss World

The Alternative Miss World was started in London in 1972 by artist Andrew Logan. Rejecting the usual categorisations of what a vanity contest usually involves, Logan created these competitions to celebrate the endless possibilities of transformation rather than examining idealised concepts of beauty.

Existing for an impressive forty two years, the competition has hosted a selection of London’s most exhilarating and raw subculture. From Derek Jarman to Leigh Bowery, Divine, David Hockney, David Bailey, Judy Blame, John Maybury and Brian Eno; pioneers of late 20th century culture have either judged, been judged or simply gone to party at Logan’s carefully curated and flamboyant parties. Now in 2014, Logan will be presenting us with the 13th competition at Shakespeare’s Globe, so to celebrate we went to his studio to have a chat about some of his favourite ever costumes created for the competition.

Can you talk to us about some of your favourite outfits. Not necessarily for the performance, more the clothing?
God, there’s so many of them! I’ll start with Burnel Penhaul as Miss Gale Force Wind in 1991. Burnel was known as the ‘Transformer’. He was an extraordinary man, he didn’t drink, he didn’t smoke, he did have a lot of sex though which was the problem; he was HIV ‘group’, as it was back then as HIV didn’t exist.

What year was this?
Late 80s, I suppose. So for a while he was ok and then he got worse and worse and all his friends said you must do something about it, which he did, but by then it was too late. He passed away in hospital.

That’s terrible, what was his outfit that he wore?

As ‘Miss Gale Force Wind’ he had a series of extraordinary outfits. He was [...]