Supported by the Irish Arts Council through the Project Award.
My fascination with zines began when introduced to artists like Mike Kelley and Raymond Pettibon, both of whom explored their immature socio-political drives and desires in DIY zines, defined as a cheaply-made, cheaply-priced publication, often in black and white, but brimming with the personalities and passions of its creators.
Encapsulated by the word ‘arrangements’, something that French philosophers Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari worked under when writing Anti-Oedipus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia (1972) , this project, ‘Arrangements’, is defined by collaboration and self-sufficiency. The casual definitions of ‘arrangement’ help to introduce the project, pointing towards something formal, convivial, or a future conditioned by relationships that have yet to be defined.
During the depths of the Irish financial crisis (2012) I was kindly and bravely supported by the Irish Arts Council to produce, co-edit and design a printed quarterly on art, Fugitive Papers (five issues). Since then I have been motivated to produce an alternative art publication that builds on my experience of self-publishing over the last six years but also reflects/or counters our present financial and technological climate.
As the Irish economy grows commercial printers I have worked with in the past are less than enthusiastic about working on smaller print runs. I have also noticed an emphasis placed on the quality and originality of the design and materials that comprise printed art publications, sometimes to the detriment of content. Furthermore, the design and printing processes take up the majority of the budget, while artists and editors are secondary in terms of monetary remuneration.
This project tackles these growing issues by retreating to the the traditional DIY route of art publishing; not just self-publishing, but self-production, with an objective to work in a deep-seated and intimate manner with artists in the production of 7 collaborative and unique visual artist zines, and build foundations for self-sufficiency in DIY art publishing into the future.
This will be achieved by way of three organising principles:
Purchase simple and affordable screen-printing setup for home studio. Simplify the printing process by using black ink in the tradition of the DIY zine. Simplify the folding and binding of the zine by screen-printing content onto one large sheet, back and front, and then fold and/or tear into a zine.
2. An Evolving and Inclusive Discursivity
Re-edits and reiterated utterances will be embraced and made explicit during the printing process, revealing as much, if not more, as finessed dialogue and design.
3. Arrangements (artist zine)
Over the course of correspondence with participating artists, pages and other printed paraphernalia will be added and subtracted, proffering transparency in the design and editing process. Digressions will be embraced and made transparent in the printing process as marginalia, strike-throughs, explicit deletions, corrections and substitutions.
-Purchase equipment and materials and setup working space in home studio.
-Roll out 7 consecutive correspondences with 7 participating artists. This will be done via Messenger, text, email and in-person. Public conversations will be held to reignite the process, participant engagement audience awareness. Every effort will be made to keep each correspondent engaged, but due to the ups and downs of artistic practice gaps in correspondence is expected. Alternating participants will take up the slack during alternating downtimes.
(Printing Schedule & Launch) *January to September 2019
The transparent editing and printing process will be achieved piecemeal over the course of 2019 in my home studio. A feasible 200 copies will be produced for each unique correspondence, amounting to 1400 copies over the course of 2019.
(Launch & Joint Public Discussion) *November 2019 - Pallas Projects Dublin
Pallas Projects have agreed to be the hosting venue, which includes launch night, discussion and exhibition, bringing together a community of artists for one night for a joint discussion. Each participating artist will receive 20 zines to distribute to friends and interested parties.
Zines will be available to buy at the launch for €5 each/ or online €6.50 (includes p+p) through my website: iamnotapainter.com/
Names of participating artists will be shared soon.