PRESS UP is an up coming zine exhibition taking place in Oxford, UK, this Easter Saturday. There are some pretty great people involved including Ed Cheverton, Tan ‘n’ Loose, Nicholas Law, Nicolas Mernard, and Esther McManus. It will be a great chance to get your hands on some excellent titles, so if you happen to be in the Oxford that weekend make sure you check it out.
PAT BRADBURY, ‘Very Silly’, 2014, Standard Issue Press
LIANA JEGERS, ‘New Entities’, 2014
Louis Reith, ‘Jords Katter’, supplement to ‘Jordskred Två’, 2012.
NICK WOOD and STEVEN HEDLEY, Conjunction issue#4 'grief', www.conjunctionzine.co.uk
The fourth issue of Conjunction, an Oxford based publication, explores the theme of grief. Featuring 14 artists from varied practices including Alessandra Genualdo and Marianne Hallseth. Grief is risographed in black throughout with a thick black border on each page inspired by Victorian mouring stationary.
Esther McManus, ‘The Elder’, 2014, www.esthermcmanus.co.uk
Esther kindly gives the world her first foray into a full graphic novel with this excellently produced, risographed publication. Printed with two colours on some pretty great coloured stocks, and with a screen printed gate-fold cover making this is a immensely beautiful object.
ALAIN VONCK, ‘Dark Sand’, 2013, UK. www.alainvonck.com
ZELOOT, ‘Duotone’, 2013, Canada/ The Netherlands, www.zeloot.nl
MATTHEW WHITTINGTON, ‘The Fox’, 2013, UK. mathewwhittington.com
The fox describes itself as ‘a loose continuation of the 1970’s journal ‘The Fox’ produced by the artist collective Arts and Language’. This publication deviates from the original and uses the urban fox as a vehicle ‘to explore attitudes towards the city, culture, nature, labour, architecture and design.’
The content is varied and includes re-publications of material from the 19th-20th century and there is something purposefully chaotic in the design, a feeling that reflects the content well. Another thing that works well is that the cover is the same thickness as the inner pages, but with a gatefold adding a natural difference, this allows the book to have a flexibility that would be lost with a heavier cover.
DOMINIC KESTERTON, ‘Hoss Bay’, 2013, UK, www.dominickesterton.co.uk