|Publication editor||Kendra Place & Cam Scott|
Art & Wonder Issue 2
Kendra Place & Cam Scott
Magazines are so often considered temporary or ephemeral — less permanent than books, buildings, and hopefully people. Nonetheless, or maybe for this very reason, they are kept, archived, and digitized — obsessively collected and even passionately curated. Perhaps you own or wish to disown a magazine collection or two; perhaps you only read them on the Internet.
However eternal or fleeting, the magazine format, in its original multiplicity, is still more affordable, portable, and networked; designed to reach more people than most paintings or sculptures, artists’ magazines create a publicity for art more or less secret, decentered, democratic, counter-, or resurgent, possibly making Museums — not so much obsolete, but — not necessarily necessary.
The Art & Wonder editorial collective would rather not reinscribe condescending liberal discourses that reduce artists’ publishing to communication, dismiss it as a cheap and minor form or, for that matter, foreclose upon its possible subversions.
Proudly cheap and minor, Art & Wonder presents Issue 2 — magazine ~ magazine — as art, and also wonder. Five new works and one editorial by contemporary artists engage the ideologies, conventions, materials, and etymology of the magazine format, often by considering it with other media.
Jessica Gnyp situates an intermedia project in relation to the copied magazine pages, drawing fashion and commercial photography’s paper backdrop forward through sculptural forms that might imply the dynamic, folding fabrics of marble statues.
Suzie Smith provides instructions for cutting and folding a new screen-print edition presented with Issue 2, suggesting architectural dimensions (un magasin?) while questioning a reader’s agency in the construction of meaning and other tools.
Divya Mehra’s concise, conceptual-material project is published with lighter paper than Art & Wonder’s standard post-consumer stock. Initially designed for but omitted from the pages of a major Canadian art magazine, the work addresses a society that repeatedly asserts its homogenizing supremacy on the racist basis of one colour — the whiteness of a person’s skin or a culture’s bias — as evidence of its own supposed neutrality.
Jordan Abel offers a visual poem that was edited out of his second book, Un/inhabited (2014, Talonbooks & Project Space Press). Magazine contends with the meaning of the word and history of the object as print material, serial genre, and colonial weapon.
A recent performance by Jacob Wren is transcribed here, extending its context and inviting the reader to consider Wren’s radical and generous meditation on the purpose and absurdity of, not to mention the relation between, performance and its documentation in terms of, among other themes, process, liveness, mediation, desire, and paradox.
With Editorial, Art & Wonder refers to lateral networks and (non)linear narratives of artists’ and other magazines, whether as recording technologies or the living of lives. Editorial is digitally set with Infini, a new typeface designed by Sandrine Nugue that performs the imagery of writing and the writing of imagery, ancient and current. The complete typeface is available free (creative commons license): http://www.cnap.graphismeenfrance.fr/infini/
We hope you find value among the works presented by this second issue of Art & Wonder: magazine ~ magazine.
Kendra Place & Cam Scott