Zines Of The Zone in Berlin

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We could ask the same questions over and over again and as I just picked up the title of an article by a great editorial designer this morning which says “Are Apps Dead?” when it comes to digital editorial publishing, I can feel even more that print is still alive as it was and even in a happier mood than before, it never had been dead and it’s not going to die soon. Zines Of The Zone is proving this fact, yet another micro appearance of the vast creative print cosmos, it is a traveling library for self-published work and currently on tour for six months all across Europe. Stopping by in Berlin at Urban Spree today and tomorrow (17. + 18. April). Check their schedule to see if you are able to catch them in your city.

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Leica Presents: Let Us Roam

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Leica Camera presents a series of video portraits of artists on and around the skateboard — Let Us Roam. The first episode explores Ray Barbee’s passion for photography and music which was thriving from his skateboarding life. Other artists are filmmaker Greg Hunt and the photographers Arto Saari and Atiba Jefferson.

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Jai Tanju: Full Color Black & White

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This is a 44 pages color photo zine by Jai Tanju, and the title might already reveal the content… Full Color Black & White. The photos were shot on and around the spectacle of the annual Vans US open event in Huntington Beach. Jai twisted his black and white photographs for this zine with a kind of duplex technique in the layout process. Available here.
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Jai Tanju and the Seeing Things Gallery

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Two weeks ago on my way down to LA I stopped by in San Jose where Jai Tanju runs his Seeing Things Gallery. Jai is a photographer who worked among other things for the skateboard mag Slap for a long time and once started the Print Exchange Program – Film Por Vida – where he is exchanging photographs as prints in the mail with other photographers and creatives which has turned into a traveling exhibition.
The current show at Seeing Things is by Lance Cyril Mountain with a nice collection of paintings, collages and b/w photographs. Next show coming up will be a good one: the Deadbeat Club from LA is having a great showcase of photographers like Deanna & Ed Templeton, Nolan Hall, Grant Hatfield and more.

It was a brief visit, we had about two hours and walked over for some Tacos and a nice chat about projects, photography, making zines. Jai’s gallery is also a little book and zine store with a nice selection of printed matter – books, zines, mags of all kinds, also including JB. products soon! He will be featured in one of our next issues. If you’re an interested and prolific photo cat consider to get involved in his print exchange program.
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Meeting Leslie Shows

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After a long ride through the Arizona deserts, exploring the Navajo and Hopi area and searching for the perfect experience of Turrell light (that’s where he builds the Roden Crater), I went to Scottsdale to the Museum of Contemporary Art to visit the current exhibitions and a Turrell Skyspace. It happened that Leslie Shows had a solo exhibition – her first ever solo museum show – and gave a talk the same night. I had no idea who she was and what she does except for a glimpse on her work while browsing through the Scottsdale MoCA website prior to my visit.

Leslie Shows, originally from Alaska, lived in San Francisco for more than a decade where she also went to California Art College. She now lives in LA and creates landscape paintings of its own kind. Her pieces are carefully collaged with multiple layers of different kinds of materials like aluminum, plastic, pyrite, crushed glass, paint… glued to honeycomb cardboard for example. A huge part of her work is researching about and experimenting with these materials, creating molds to shape fluid materials once they cool and harden. A long thought process, about spiritual growth and progressing.
A week later we met in LA and went on a long walk through Elysian park, talking about the process of surfacing. She will be featured in our upcoming issue this summer. Amazing artwork!
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Pacific Standard Time

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We’ve been out of business for almost a month. But only because of breathing fresh air and staying away from the computer for the most part. One part of JB. was out and about in California during the weeks of March to see the Pacific Ocean, to investigate the ‘turrelley’ light of the Arizona deserts and to collect stories and interviews for the upcoming issues of JB. Here are a few impressions, lots more to follow within the next two weeks.
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Sergej Vutuc Interview Now on Staf Magazine

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Here is a Sergej Vutuc interview that I was doing for Staf Magazine from Spain at the end of last year. It is now online and includes some of my photography. It’s been published in Spanish language, an English version might follow. —Jenne

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Mike Giant, Modern Hieroglyphics @ FFDG

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This is actually only about the fact that I finally made it to Fecal Face gallery in San Francisco in person for the first time instead of only recommending it here on JB. and complaining about that Berlin is too far away to see all their great art shows. It’s the last day of the Mike Giant show, Modern Hieroglyphics and I’m really happy about getting the chance.
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Cover Photo on MSM by Sergej Vutuc

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This beautiful shot by our friend Sergej Vutuc is gracing the current Skateboard MSM cover. It is an image of the Axel Cruysberghs photo copy zine about “modern skating and post socialism”.

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Five Easy Pieces: A Nostalgic Love/Rave Letter by Tim Head

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JB.’s Five Easy Pieces — #03
Interview with Tim Head

With his book Maximum Respect… published by Smalltime Books, artist Tim Head created a nostalgic love letter to his early years as a teenager in London when he explored the jungle and hardcore culture. The rave and pirate scene was the last time that “London youth culture was truly dangerous, underground, inventive and genuinely exciting before the internet age”, he says.

“‘Maximum Respect…’ presents a series of Tim’s collage works created over a number of late night jams in 2013. All crew inside. Hype! Hype! This one is big.” – that’s what his publisher is saying about the book. In a late 2013 JB. jam, Tim shared some insights about his working methods, talked about when he was still to young in the early 90s to take a mouth full of pills but still was part of the rave scene and how important politics is to him.
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The Thomas Campbell Film Premieres on Thrasher

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It’s on. The film directed by Thomas Campbell is now premiering on Thrasher before it will be available on itunes and of course as a pyhsical product as DVD and a book. Recommended!

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Cuatro Sueños Pequeños, Trailer No. 2



We talked about the first trailer, we showed previews of the book that comes with the DVD with a beautiful film on it, shot entirely on 16 mm film by Thomas Campbell: Quatro Sueños Pequeños. Starring skateboarders Madars Apse and Javier Mendizabal, here comes trailer No. 2.

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Edward Burtynsky’s Photo Series “Water” in Berlin

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It’s been only two years ago that C|O showed Edward Burtynsky’s series Oil in one of their last exhibitions at the Postfuhramt before they had to move out. Burtynsky now returns to a gallery with his series Water. The photos will be on display at Galerie Springer until 15.03.2014. Shown here are a few examples from the series lifted from his website.
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Mike Giant @ FFDG, San Francisco

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The ultimate styler in terms of graffiti, illustration and tattoos is Mike Giant who has a show up at FFDG in San Francisco. His signature style can hardly remain unrecognized, inspired by Mexican folk art and Japanese illustration. For this show he compiled drawings of modern tattoo designs as well as corporate and band logos – the “modern hieroglyphics”. Hope to get the chance to see this on the last day of the show as I will be in SF by then!
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Five Easy Pieces: Exploring Spaces with the Serbian Artist Д.Л.Т. aka Dulait

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JB.’s Five Easy Pieces — #02
Interview with Д.Л.Т. aka Dulait from Serbia

“Early in the 21st century in the weird land of Serbia a new festival was born. First it was small and than it grew. It dwelled and struggled but it always delivered. It was hardcore, but it had heart. And now it’s gone. The end is always the beginning.”
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Illustration: Viktor Hachmang

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Something interesting from the illustration planet by Viktor Hachmang. (Suggested by Barnabas!)
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Kim Gordon With Body/Head on This Superb Cover of Huck Magazine

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Check out this unexcitedly brilliant cover of Huck Magazine No. 42 graced by Kim Gordon and Bill Nace aka Body/Head. When you’ve been kind of growing up with Kim, it’s always good to see her anywhere, especially after I missed her show in Berlin a few weeks ago.

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Photography: Acacia Johnson, Alaska

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Acacia Johnson is a photographer living in Anchorage, Alaska. Her work is dedicated to the more frigid latitudes up north on this planet, which might explain the use of less light and a shorter range of colors in her images, but they are not lacking of tension due to the focus on certain elements in a vast and more minimal nature, which sometimes reminds of Corey Arnold. /found via
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Art: Ramiro Gomez — Domestic Scenes

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This idea is just brilliant. Domestic Scenes is a series of work by LA-based artist Ramiro Gomez and his first solo show at Charlie James Gallery in LA. Gomez was born to Mexican immigrant parents and his paintings are dealing with his own experience and the paradox of the dynamic between family or house owners and staff – “at once intimate, trusting and close, but also prone to abrupt dissolution for various reasons”.

Gomez once worked as a live-in nanny with a Beverly Hills family, which were the impetus for this work. He used David Hockney’s iconic paintings, shifting the original compositions with the introduction of Latino domestic workers in the scene. So the painting A Bigger Splash becomes a No Splash with a pool cleaner and a housekeeper set in the background.
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New Works by Chris Ballantyne

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Found a couple of fresher works on Artsy by that one favourite artist Chris Ballantyne.
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Photography: Andrew Moore

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Andrew Moore has spent some years documenting the area west of the 100th meridian in the US, which has been known as the Great American Desert. A very sparsely populated area and an exciting endless wasteland that you can share with a whole bunch of animals and probably some (lovely) human weirdos. But that’s just a guess…
For all those who are in NY, he has a show at Yancey RIchardson Geallery until mid February.
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It’s 3D, Well It’s Not: Ron van der Ende

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Amazing wall mounted sculptures that look like huge three-dimensional pieces which are in fact bas-reliefs by photorealistic sculptor Ron van der Ende. And what is looking like detailed paintings is instead a very skillful puzzle work with found wood. (Jux has been at it again…)
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New Thomas Campbell Book

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Thomas Campbell just released his new book and film Cuatro Sueños Pequeños we already wrote about a while ago. The film is a “dream scene scenario that blends reality, surreality and a skate adventure starring Javier Mendizabal and Madars Apse”. Along with the film (DVD) comes this beautiful 90-page book with a special illustration series including the cover artwork by Nathaniel Russell.
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Photography: Petro Skoublis

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And we don’t stop with the stream of and passion about photography: Petro Skoublis and his stunning landscape photographs. /via
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NY Subway Photos by Christopher Morris

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More and more photos we dig today, this time NY subway photos from the 1980s in a Bruce Davidson vein by photojournalist Christopher Morris. He was 22 years old at that time while interning at a photo agency and is now a contract photographer for TIME. There is a whole pice about him on TIME Lightbox. /via
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