There's a new BUTT in town. A mini Butt for the summer, pocket sized, pink as ever and full with Butt content you've come to expect from these guys. It's limited to 600 copies and we have a small pile in the store at the moment so be quick if you want this collector's item . BUTT back issues are still available here.
ANOTHER ESCAPE just released it's first issue. The design is impeccable; calm and beautiful. In that sense it comes close to these other new popular titles Kinfolk and Cereal, but Another Escape stands on it's own feet. It's difficult to pin down what this magazine is about: it's subtitle is "A Creative Exploration", and browsing through AE there is a lot to explore.
We had some questions for editor-in-chief Rachel Maria Taylor.
What is your magazine about?
Another Escape is built around the idea of exploring what inspires people and their process of responding to these inspirations; a look at people and their passions.
Our editorial content is very much driven by narratives. Our stories look to work twofold, with individuals’ personal narratives as well as a learning experience for the reader. The idea is for our readership to feel inspired by both the person and the ideas behind the subject matter.
Why did you start a magazine?
Another Escape stemmed quite organically through the interests of the founders, Rachel Taylor and Jody Daunton. We understood our concept and then looked for a medium to deliver it and we felt that a printed publication best suited it. Another Escape began as a lo-fi zine based around what is more easily defined as ‘creative practice’, but with our new style publication we really wanted to question and push the idea of what a creative practice can be, and explore the interesting people that are really taking hold of what inspires them.
Another reason was because printed publications offer a very tangible experience in an object that you can hold and interact with. This user experience is almost as important to us as the content itself, and we were meticulous about the tactile qualities of the publication. This will be something that we will also be considering more with volume 2.
Which magazines influenced you and what are your favourite magazines?
Although previously having an awareness of the indie publishing scene, it wasn’t until we were part of it that our eyes were really opened to some of the inspiring magazines being made at the moment. Favourites include some of Australia’s finest Smith Journal, Dumbo Feather, and Offscreen. Home-grown favourites include Cereal, Boat, and boneshaker.
Another Escape has a clear and minimal design, why did you chose this?
The ambition was to create a simple and elegant design that allowed for all elements to work harmoniously. The name Another Escape refers to the content, but also very much to the experience that the publication itself intends to offer. It is a pause for thought.
With this in mind we wanted the design to transpose a leisurely pace, a magazine that you can plod through, perhaps not sequentially, and perhaps over a duration of time. The navigation and manoeuvrability was an important factor. Our publication looks to straddle the area in between being a magazine and being a book, and we want our readers to feel that Another Escape deserves a sustained spot on their bookshelf. Our content supports this in that it is not intended to be time-sensitive.
What are your future plans with Another Escape?
Another Escape is currently working on volume two, which we are extremely excited about and looks to be available early Autumn. There are a few other ideas potentially in the pipeline, but it’s all a bit top secret at the moment.
explores forgotten railroads, tours with travelling
minstrels and jumps with bikes into freezing lakes. From rickshaw politics to
open-source cargo bikes, from racing with missing limbs to riding in
search of the simple life – there’s poetry, strangeness and inspiration
in equal measure. As ever, They have woven in the work of some wonderful
illustrators, photographers and writers from around the world to bring
all these bicycle stories to life.
this is the very good looking first edition hardcover of a new magazine, and this seems to be there mission statement:
So let's make art. hang out and stay awesome!
More pleasure - less pain. Let's create the world made by artists for artists.
MARFA JOURNAL‘s overriding concept is inspired by the small desert town of the same name in Texas, which has attracted the art world since the 1960s and continues to be a capital of cultural disorder despite only having a population of 2,000. The first issue premieres with a bang, with two cover options featuring either Erik Brunetti shot by Victor Saldana or the cast of the new film The Total Princess shot by Alexandra Gordienko. The magazine is split into six sections: raw, casual, decadent, romantic, obscure and progressive.
Food magazine THE CARTON from Beirut stole our heart from the first issue we stocked. It shows the Middle East through food culture. This summer issue is about ice cream.
Amsterdam based cook book writers and Middle East fanatics Merijn Tol and Nadia Zerouiali wrote an article on special ice cream: Syrian pistachio, pomegranate sorbet, saffron and tahini haleweh. Yummy!
Then there's an investigation on the kitchen of Casablanca and Riri and Richard Azrak who pursue their great grandfathers ice cream salon in Beirut.
The nice thing about The Carton is that it has a style of it's own with a clear love for food, yet it fits in perfectly with the other new upcoming titles on our food shelves.
THE EXHIBITIONIST came in again last week, we were waiting patiently but then we lost our patience so now we can calm down and sit back with a glass of wine in the sun reading this expert on exhibitions.
The Exhibitionist is a journal focused on exhibition making and
curatorial practice. Its aim is to create a wide platform for
discussions of curating, to encourage a diversification of exhibition
models, and to actively contribute to a theory of curating.
We found this new zine from New York a couple of weeks ago. It's such a nice print that we decided to ask editor Matthew Leifheit some questions.
Can you describe your magazine?
MATTE features one photographer per issue. It is printed in full color, there are no advertisements, and it retails for the cost of printing. I photograph the featured artist for each magazine’s cover, and resulting portrait is representative of the collaborative process that goes into each issue. I meet with the photographer, and we work together to define a different design and layout for each issue. The cover and masthead stay fairly constant, but the pages of each magazine are tailored to best suit the work. MATTE focused on emerging photographers, those who haven’t had a book or a major show yet, but every once in a while I work with a more established photographer to raise the profile of the magazine. In this way, MATTE is both a platform for new ideas from young talent, and a repository for lesser-seen projects of seasoned practitioners.
Why did you start a magazine?
I am a photographer too. It is easier to promote other peoples’ work than your own, and it’s very important to me to be involved in a dialogue with my contemporaries. MATTE is an experiment in a new model of magazine publishing facilitated by print-on-demand technology. Retailers can order the magazine directly from the printer, at the cost of production. I edit and design the magazine, and that’s hypothetically where my involvement ends. The idea, eventually, is that the magazine will distribute itself, and I will only be responsible for generating the content.
How do you find the photographers that publish in Matte?
I find each person a different way every time, the only constant being that I unreservedly endorse each photographer’s work I decide to do a magazine with. It often happens through friends. The photographer Mary Ellen Mark put Ilona Szwarc and I together. Elisabeth Biondi introduced me to Kipp Wettstein. I found Bridget Collins’ work in flickr, and when I reached out to her, it turned out we live near each other and know a lot of the same people. Lauren Poor has a reputation in New York for being brilliant, I heard about her work from many people before we actually met. I rarely take submissions, but my next issue, issue 16, which will be released August 30th, features Trey Wright, who sent me an email out of the blue that sparked a very fruitful collaboration.
Why did you choose the format of a magazine over a book?
There’s less overhead. The low cost of printing a magazine allows me to produce them in greater volume, because the initial investment is very low. I also want it to be affordable to people my age, to starving artists, who are often on a very limited budget like mine. I’m 25.
What are your favourite magazines?
I don’t care about fashion, so that wipes out a large number of them. My friend Chris Nosenzo publishes something called “Packet Bi-Weekly” which is very good- it’s literally a collated and stapled packet of very raw images and text. As far as what I actually subscribe to, I get Aperture, The New Yorker, and TIME. I also love Butt Magazine- I shot a Christmas card for them last year.
The German art zine Mono Kultur just made one of it's most interesting issues to date. For every new Mono Kultur they highlight an artist and this time they chose alternative rock legend, fashion designer and artist Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth fame.
Gordon left the art scene of New York in the late seventies to start her influential band Sonic Youth.
After some 20 records the band went on hiatus and Gordon started making art again. Plus she started a new band: Body/Head, who will release their first full length on Matador Records this September.
This Mono Kultur has an interview with Gordon, her artwork and colleagues talking about her work.
It's a beautiful small publication held together by an elastic band. For any fan of Sonic Youth this is a must have.
THE GOURMAND is getting better with every issue. This second spring / summer Gourmand is full of special food stories, interviews, recipes and food art.
Lydia Lunch talks about her cook book The Need to Feed, her move to Barcelona, her love for food and the fresh stuff she gets on the markets of Barcelona: "You know where your food is coming from. It's really important to know where what you're putting in your mouth is coming from...on all fronts"
Then there are articles on fowl and eggs, why most British people are disgusted by hippophagy (the practice of eating horsemeat), an overview of the 5 cocktail families, the rise of the blue cocktail and some insight in blue food.
“It’s amazing to witness how attitudes on gay rights have evolved in my lifetime,” said Jack Hunter, the artist behind this week’s cover, “Moment of Joy.” Hunter, who originally submitted his image, unsolicited, to a Tumblr, continued, “This is great for our kids, a moment we can all celebrate.”
The magazine SANG BLEU is part of a multidisciplinary project that encompasses, fashion, fetish,
visual arts & performances but a distinctive feature of Sang Bleu remains
its bound existence. Within the magazine seemingly contrasting topics like fetish
& fashion to rap culture & music combine.
Betony Vernon serves as the official editor
of fetish matters, which notably includes a feature on Bruce argue aka ESINEM,
a master of rope bondage. Fashion activist Jason
Farrer and photographer Adrian
Wilson lead fashion collaborations and contributions from Michèle Lamy,Dior Homme stylist Mauricio
Nardi, make up artist Isamaya
French, Zana Byne, Char Alfonzo, and
designer of Givenchy’s infamous Bird of
Paradise pattern Simon Cook.
These high fashion stories form a dialogue with a series of interviews
exploring style and creative impulse with rappers Apathy, Booba, Bushwick Bill, Nacho Picasso, Paul Wall, Stalley, and Styles Peach representing a distinct niche in hip-hop
and regional background.
Tattooing is an eminent part
of Sang Bleu project. Issue 6 documents French tattooers Laura Satana
and Tin Tin, the lettering of BJ Betts and Stephanie Tamez, fresh American styles from Mark Cross and Robert Ryan,
and the work of Alex Reinke aka Horikistune of the Horiyoshi III family. Fine arts features include profiles on the
artists Bruce LaBruce and Douglas Gordon; performance artists Dominic Johnson,Dasinya Sommer, and Jonah
Bokaer; and multimedia artists Tobias
Madison and Scott Campbell,
amongst many, many others.
Issue 6 has been produced under the
stewardship of Creative Director Maxime Büchi and Editor-In-Chief Jeanne-Salomé
Rochat. Guest editors are Betony Vernon, Jason Farrer, Thomas Hooper, and
Nicholas Schonberger. On-going explorations of all themes investigated in print
may be found at www.sangbleu.com.
Our pop up-store at the MOBA in ARNHEM is still open till July 21st.
We have a special collection books and magazines on fashion and fetishism, this year's topic of the fashion biennial.
We highly recommend visiting the exhibition and the store.
Lidewij Edelkoort wrote the catalogue for the biennial and she curated Anton Beeke: It's a Miracle.
They will both sign the books on the 13th of July in our pop-up store in Arnhem at 16:30.