I am implementing a new project/column on Contemporaneous Extension that I’ve been thinking about for quite some time, and I’m putting my money where my mouth is starting NOW. Introducing…Paper Pusher©.
Paper Pusher is a new segment of the blog revolving around contemporary zines and artists’ books. Both genres subsist in the artistic and literary underworld, bartered among friends or supplied by specialty shops and libraries. The primary goal of Paper Pusher is to provide context and connections to these printed endeavors, give credit to innovation, and shed light on the form as an experimental yet personal art object for the populace.
Paper Pusher will provide interviews, reviews, coverage of events and exhibitions related to publications, and articles on trends and traditions in zines and artists’ books. The reader will attain a sense of history as well as learn of current practices and artists experimenting in the scene. Paper Pusher will also address the unique transformative power of zines and artists’ books—they ask to be handled and revisited, creating a personal and accessible connection to an art-object unlike any other. Their ability to address controversial dialogues and aesthetic challenges outside the dictations of the market is both their most valuable and exciting characteristic. Paper Pusher will credit examples of innovation, successful collaboration, and rambunctious spirit.
If you’d like to get involved, send me a zine or artist book you’ve created, recommend an artist or press, or just talk shop, please do not hesitate to drop me a line! Looking forward to it all; keep your eyes peeled for the reviews starting soon.
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