Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Off Modern

The Journal contains a mixture of art writing, fiction, theory, illustration, collage and photography representing the work of Off Modern and its immediate circle of collaborators over the last six months.

The work ranges from the SECOND OM MANIFESTO and NO NEW AVANT GARDES, by Off Modern, detailing the future ideas of the group. WILL SHUTES gives us his vision of a future literature in A NOTE ON NEWNESS and the photography collective, HOLY GHOST, present an illuminating report on the TEMPORARY SCHOOL OF THOUGHT, a group of squatters who founded a school based on the free exchange of knowledge. Fictional work comes from the satirical EXCERPTS FROM THE DIARY OF LEWIS KLEJSTAN by WILLIAM HUNT, detailing the life of a failing artist and GORDON MACRAE’s lingering evocation of Americana in ONE OH ONE.

Photography is supplied by the likes of GUY GORMLEY, with his haunting images of vacant spaces, and PATRICK BARRETT, who continues in his ongoing project of documenting the crumbling Brutalist masterpieces of the 60s. Also featuring is YURI PATTISON, who includes two sets of images; one of the movements of art works at last years Frieze art fair and two evocative half frame diptychs of silent London landscapes. The journal is beautifully illustrated by our favourite young artists and designers working at the moment. JAYNE HELLIWELL produces a work of trademark brilliance whilst TOM REES and CHARLIE GIBSON show their dark senses of humour quite perfectly in their intricate collage work.

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