Zine’s are self published magazines that generally are printed with less than 1000 copies being made, although usually less than 100 are printed overall. They are DIY magazines abot very specific topics that wouldn’t normally be documented in normal print media. They had a huge sergence during the punk era where zines would document gigs, new bands and give music reviews. They also became popular during the riot grrrl movement as a good outsource to discuss things such as feminism and gender, the first of these riot grrrl zines was ‘Not Your Bitch’ zine. You can read more about the history of the zine here:
Now, zines have moved with the times and ezines have been emerging. Ezines are zines published online so that they are able to reach a wider audience:
Websites such as http://zinelab.com/about have been collecting artists zines and creating exhibitions. Other people have collected original zines from the 80s-90s and created published book collections.
I personally gravitated towards using zines in my work as I’ve always enjoyed the feminist zines and considered myself to relate massively with the riot grrrl mindset. I also like the idea of working with zines as it is like a creative form of blogging. This way I can put my musings about things such as religion, my personal views on feminism and my art work in a single place where other people are able to look through it. Websites such as http://issuu.com/ will publish your zine for free online, which would be a good option.
I live my life through rose coloured spectacles. I would tint all my art work pink at a moments notice if I could. Because of this I have decided to add it to my own work as the original Sunderland Lustre ceramic pieces (the artifact I was originally inspired by) were usually found in the colour pink:
After some further reading I found out that pink was used to represent the body of Christ in paintings:
Virgin and Child Enthroned with Two Angels, by Cimabue.
I know that I still want to carry on with the idea of scanography and use the scans I have been doing to create something. Although I like the idea of presenting them as photograph/scans I don’t feel like it’s pushing my work far enough. I do still enjoy the use of the distorted body, but I want to still have it relate back to the idea of religion. In order to help me think about the work further, I started adding pink filters to my work an overlay using the Gimp software.
I then began toying with the use of typography and using my own handwriting with the phrase ‘Prepare to Meet Thy God’ as another layer.
After I created this I realised that it looked like it could be a cover/page in a zine. I therefore began to look back on similar work I have enjoyed in the past that is similar in style:
‘Pink’ by Sheila Debretteville
This has lead me to the idea of possible making a zine out of my work. This way it would be interactive and I could use the software to link to voice recorded ‘sermon’s and have the zine like a bible. The pictures and words inside could be my art and my poetry. I could even make an online Zine.
During the field project we have been looking at various ways in which internet and reality can be augmented with one another in order to create physical pieces of art work. The work that has interested me the most is Aurasma. Aurasma is used to create multiple internet dimensions to pieces of art work. The reason this excited me so much is my love of using video and still image in my work. I have dabbled in both subject for years but have only now learnt how to combine the two. With Aurasma you can scan a still image and have it relate back to another artifact on a computer. This is perfect for the way in which I want to combine my love of scanography and video. It means I can work with video distortion on a video as well as being able to add sound elements within video.
Aurasma works via scanning an image, known as a trigger image. Once scanned, it loads an ‘overlay’ which can be a website, a video, an image or even a sound. This simple bit of software is portable and easy to download which makes it perfect for a gallery atmosphere. It also works perfectly within the field of fine art as nothing needs to be physically done to the trigger image to alter it, as it is all done via software. This would be very helpful as in the past I have had to use things such as QR codes, which can look very jarring. This way I would be adding to the piece visually.
Here are some interesting art pieces that combine internet and reality:
Caleb Larson – ‘A Tool to Deceive and Slaughter’
This piece is a seemingly innocuous black box that continuously sells itself on ebay
Hollington and Kyprianou – ‘Aristotle’s Office’
Each piece in the room is wired up and decides which activities to do next.
David Bowen – ‘Tele-present Water’
Documents the movements of a buoy lost at sea.
As I discussed in my last post, I have been beginning to explore scanography as a way of documentation as well as an art form. It helps to keep the visceral feeling I tend to enjoy in my art work. Here was the original scan that promoted me to want to explore it further.
After this I began to think how I could distort the image as I scan it, as I noticed the distortion at the top of the original scan.
I tried using things such as moving as the image was being taken, sheer fabrics and clingfilm to create different effects. Because I had been looking at symbolism I thought that maybe I could take the scans of body parts and arrange them into a crucafix shape. To do this I would have to scan body parts and arrange them into a cross. I could print them square shaped and affix them into square frames. I would need 2 hands, a head, a chest, feet and possibly genitals or legs. Here is an idea of what the head could look like.
This would create a cool abstract look. I could use the aurora software to have the pictures scanable so they could relate to a video image? This is all stuff to look further into.
As I accidentally fell into create scanography I decided to look into some artists that also work in this format for inspiration.
One of the artists work who I immediately fell in love with was Mattus. He uses scans of body parts to create full forms. Their disjointed nature is appealing to me and reminds me of some of Slava Mogutin. This has however pulled me away from wanting to create crucifix style scanography as it feels like it’s already been done.