Thursday 1 February 2007

Future Fantasteek! Issue No.2

...Comfort & Security Issue
Softback Zine printed in greyscale on fluorescent pink paper, staple bound.
A5 size containing 16 printed pages. Pearl grey/pink cover with 2 glitter shapes.
Issue two: Brighton 2007, edition size of fifty.

The second outing for the Damp Research Laboratory - once the staff were hastily re-hired.
Marvel at the Negativity Negator; find out why "NO" is better than "yes".
Ever wondered why everything is always out of order? Let the Entropy-Go-Round inform you.
How useful is Vitamin O? And another incite Masked-Cat truism for your delectation..

To view this zine in more detail follow this link:

...Meanwhile, Future Fantasteek!, Issue One, has just joined 3 new collections, 
  • The Mansfield Library - Zine Collection, at the University of Montana-Missoula, USA, 
  • the Papercut Zine Library in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. 
  • The zine collection at the University of Austin, Texas, USA.

Arcadia id Est - Exhibition is now touring during 2007:

Arcadia id Est is on touring in 2007:
Feb 1st - Feb 22nd 2007: 

John M Flaxman Library, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL, USA 

9th March - 13th May 2007

Washington University Libraries, St. Louis, USA

1 June - 31 July 2007

Rhode Island School of Art and Design, Providence, USA

20 August - 2 October 2007

Noosa Regional Gallery, Australia

Menthol Daze is being shown as part of Arcadia Id Est - A travelling exhibition organised by the Centre for Fine Print Research, The University of the West of England.

The booklet is 107mm X 150mm. The inside page once opened is 297mm x 420mm (A3)

The cover is printed on white card, the inside page is black and white on 130g cartridge paper. There is space for 14 collectors' cards. Each edition has 9 cards pasted in. The collectors' cards are printed in colour on glossy paper. Menthol Daze is produced in editions of 7, it is now on its third edition. 

Menthol Daze is a fold-out page containing spaces for collected cigarette cards. The booklet is produced under my own invented brand Elysian's Cigarettes
The images are manipulated collages from Salem cigarette advertisements and images from the Sierra Club publications from the 'fifties. The cards are numbered and when pasted into the booklet, text accompanies each picture. The images are intended to represent the clich├ęd images of delightful countryside, so often used in selling products - by attempting to make them appear natural. The text that accompanies each image however details reasons to be uncertain of the countryside. Threats in the natural environment range from nuclear testing contamination, dangerous infections carried in rivers and annual lawn mower injuries, to the link between temperature change and heart attacks. The intention of Menthol Daze was to juxtapose threat and relaxation found in the Great Outdoors in order to satirize the inflated claims made for nature in advertisements - cereals, shampoo, cars, sweets and snacks, insurance and mobile phones.

This booklet was originally created as part of my PhD submission, for the University of Brighton.