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hi so i’m gonna start doing regular reviews now as a personal practice. i’m starting with the STREP THROAT zine because this is something i’ve watched being put together for the last six months, and literally peed myself a little when i got to hold the final product in my hands last weekend at BCGF.
The STREP THROAT zine is a miraculous artifact for representing itself both as an accessible zine (in all it’s photocopied glory) and as a hand-made art book. It is a solid mixture of interviews, musical playlists, comics & illustrations, that also comes with a DVD of films. Despite the fact that there is so much different media stuffed into this little photocopied zine, I didn’t feel overwhelmed or put-off reading it.
The highlights of the zine are the hand-printed linocuts scattered throughout the book and also on the cover. Laura told me she put them there as “color splashes” to help break up the pages. Did you look at the first two pictures I posted at the top? Those linocuts are beautiful. Simple and playful, yet striking designs with bold colors that indicate a kind of honesty & unique attitude being thrust upon the work without being too self-conscious. That’s my kind of work.
Other hand-made elements that appealed to me were the cover-material (printed on WHO KNOWS WHAT but what looks like some sort of early-90s Nike campaign ad), and the individually hand-painted DVDS. HAND-PAINTED DVDS!!!! (pictured above).
The other highlights of the zine are the two interviews with Robin Crutchfield (performance artist and founding member of NO-WAVE band DNA) and Gabe Fowler (owner of DESERT ISLAND comic & art book store in Brooklyn, and curator of SMOKE SIGNAL). For you no-wave and comic book nerds out there, these interviews are golden.
An excerpt from Robin Crutchfield’s interview: “In New York, No-Wave was a reaction to the norm in art and music. A rejection of rejects of all that came before, and all that was acceptable in popular art and music: art that couldn’t be bought, taken home and hung on a wall.”
An excerpt from Gabe Fowler’s interview: (On being asked if he had any strong feelings about comics generally being classified on a “lower” tier of art) “Some comics just belong on a lower tier, just like some fine art belongs on a garbage heap. The glory of looking at artwork is the freedom to make these decisions for yourself.”
My only criticism here is that I wish Robin Crutchfield’s interview was broken up a little more, perhaps with images of his performances and other art-related acts. Additionally, there are some spelling & grammatical errors which I regret not having proofed! I also wish that with the written musical playlists, there was a link to download them (*update: download links will be posted soon by laura/throat)
Lastly, there are some great little illustrations & ‘toons sprinkled throughout the zine, which help make it fun and entertaining. Nothing over two-pages, but I think the short-format comics work to help in displaying as many young & potential talents that could fit!
This entertaining & accessible hodgepodge of new art and talent, along with respect to the elders, is what THROAT ART aims to be, and I consider the STREP THROAT zine to be a full-on success.
*contact Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in purchasing a copy.