In Print: The Art of Zines
New exhibit celebrates underground publishing's eye-grabbing imagery.
Published: January 6, 2014
Some of the work seems to be a reaction against the high-tech trappings of today’s computer-generated imagery: pencil smeared around illustrations, sprayed or splattered pigments, even a zine that boldly named itself Offline (don’t worry, folks — you can visit them online).
But that’s what zines are, a place outside the status quo where makers can get their work out there, circumventing editors, and creating a space for dialogue and DIY spirit. Schudlich says, “The intent may not be that they’re going to fly out the door, but certainly not every self-publisher will be bothered if they don’t fly out the door. Some of the original initial purpose of a zine was its accessibility, its ability to turn up in a coffeehouse. They didn’t cost dozens or hundreds of dollars to produce each one. The point was to get them out in the street.”
A program of events coincides with the show, beginning with the opening reception on Friday, Jan. 10, where local self-publishers will appear. The night’s readers are Rotland Press publisher Ryan Standfest; Schudlich’s 9-year-old son, Finn, who will read from his zine Butthead; and Stupor publisher Steve Hughes, who will be premiering his newest issue, produced on reflective gold stock in collaboration with the Hygienic Dress League. For those interested in purchasing zines, this may be the best night, as no doubt several zinesters will be on hand with backpacks full of material to hawk. On Jan. 24, Signal-Return’s Paul Goodrich will join Gabrysiak to conduct a two-day zine-making and risography workshop live in the gallery, producing finished zines from material by workshop participants. Though the $30 “intro to zine publishing” class was almost fully booked, the public is invited to watch the creative process.
Schudlich is obviously proud of Gabrysiak and his show. He beams when he says, “Andy is a steward, making sure this stuff remains in the light, participating in the dialogue, finding new surprises every day. Andy does it very quietly. It has really been wonderful to see this unfold. I mean, it could have been a show full of Rock ‘n’ Bowl fliers. But it’s got some crazy stuff!”
In Print opens 6-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10, at Work: Detroit, 3663 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Exhibit appears until Feb. 28.
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