This weekend I finally attended the NY Art Book Fair at PS1 in Long Island City. I missed it the last two years so checking out this FREE event was a long time coming. Two friends from NC were in town so we boarded the G train shuttle and headed to Queens. I found a bunch of art books I really liked in the tent outside which housed the independent designers and book sellers as opposed to the established/international ones inside. The primary reason I headed this year was to look for thesis inspiration. I’m about to start my final project and I’m looking for experimental, and dare I say, more conceptual ways to approach these final projects. I found three artists/designers I’m pretty excited about.
Above: My spoils – 4 books and free posters!
First up is RRR Project, a group of artists and designers that pool their work together and create some pretty awesome experimental zines. I picked up RRR.002, which you can view on their website here. I love how RRR Project combines work from independently working designers from all over to create these zines. Somehow all the mixed-matched pages tell a story, one that is impossible to conceive if it wasn’t for experimenting to see what works. An important way to approach design I think. You can also download a FREE PDF here. According to their website RRR Project is …
“A COLLECTION OF RECYCLED ART
MADE NEW BY AN INTERNATIONAL
GROUP OF TALENTED FRIENDS.
We make waste for a living. So now we’re gonna make waste live. With a very short deadline a number of international artists and photographers were asked to act and respond. Look around your environment, see what you can save, pick it up, turn it over, and look at it in a different way.
This is RRR.”
Another group that I really liked was Red Fox Press. I’m in love with their data screenprints. They even combined them all into one book that I’d buy in a second (if it wasn’t $400). I do wonder though, how truly “DADA” it is. The whole Dada movement was a big deal at the time because it was new and unlike anything else existing at the time. Working in that style today just looks like collage and abstraction to me, but that’s a minor point. The prints are beautiful! Take a look below.
The last artist’s work that I’m really excited about is that of Edie Fake and his Gaylord Phoenix series. I bought two of his books for $7! What a deal. I love Fake’s illustrative style, humor and playful use of color. So fun to browse through! You can buy a collection of all his zines together in one book here.
“Eight years in the making , Gaylord Phoenix collects all of Edie Fake’s raunchy queer comics serial in one volume. Perverse and surreal , Gaylord Phoenix follows the danger-fraught journeys of the Gaylord Phoenix, a creature willing to sacrifice anything for lost love and hidden memories. In an ever-shifting landscape full of ever-shifting genders, Gaylord Phoenix plunges head-first into a realm full of murderous psychedelic smut and intense magical beauty.”
Sounds like fun right? See more below.