Review: Print Ready Art Waste
by Ryan Ming
On a gorgeous, sunny Saturday afternoon on June 7, Dynamo Arts Association opened its doors to the public for Print Ready: Art Waste, as part of the Art Waste event running concurrently with the annual Music Waste festival. Inside, guests were invited to browse a large number of zines presented in an unorthodox setting: suspended on fishing line from the the ceiling, rather than the usual lying face up on a table or leaning vertically on a presentation shelf or rack. Guests were treated to a good number of locally produced zines as well as international offerings that came from as far as Romania and Sweden.
Print Ready organizers Michael Lachman and Nathan Jones curated an excellent selection of zines that covered diverse formats, printing/binding methods and themes ranging from photography, illustration, painting, text/typography, graffiti, comics, drag culture, pop culture and travel. Some of the zines were available for purchase. As seen above, zines were not solely limited-run printed objects, but also acted as vehicles for additional artistic materials such as stickers, buttons, records, cassette tapes, etc.
Project Space: How did Print Waste come about?
Nathan Jones: Michael Lachman and I started Print Ready as a promotional zine project last January. We were contacted by Art Waste, which was looking to coordinate a print component to this year’s Art Waste. They liked our last exhibition and they asked if we’d curate an exhibition for them.
PS: What is your background in regards to print?
NJ: I studied painting at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. I took a bunch of digital print courses while I was there. I developed an interest in print in regards to getting my work out there in more a economical fashion than painting.
PS: How did you get into zines?
NJ: I guess it’s been a gradual thing for me, where it sort of snuck up on me. It wasn’t anything specific. When I was kid I used to contribute drawings to the newsletter published by The Comics Shop on West Fourth Avenue. I suppose that was sort of a zine in a sense. My main interest is in artists’ self-publishing, rather than zines specifically. So this project doesn’t limit itself to zines but opens more to self-publishing projects.
PS: How did you organize all these people to participate?
NJ: Some of the people we found after our last exhibition—people who attended the exhibition and were interested in participating in the next exhibition. Then there’s people we contacted because we like their work. And we had a few submissions come in through our website.
PS: Will you do another Print Ready next year?
NJ: We might do one for October. And then probably another one in January as well.
PS: What will you do differently next time?
NJ: We’re looking at putting together a catalogue of works. So inviting artists to submit images from their body of work and we can have something that the artists or people who visit can have or take with them. So a zine created specifically for the exhibition. And other than that, continuing to update our website and promotional material.
PS: Finally, do you have any zines our readers should really look up?
NJ: I do a zine called Idiotville with a couple people I have drawing nights with and we collaborate on that. And Michael Lachman puts out a lot of work as well. Here in the show we have Left Field, 2014.
Collage/illustration zine It’s 4:20 Somewhere by Adrienne Marie
Homeward Bound, a photo zine documenting train graffiti, by SW Blake
Flaviu Cacoveanu from Romania’s Travelogue photo zine
Battle Guys, Lady Queens, a Game Of Thrones–inspired zine by Phaedra Harder and Steph McDonell
Pizza Punks comic by Cole Pauls
Zines for sale at Print Ready