One of the things I’ve always disliked about galleries is the catalogue, with its long-winded essay written by a Very Important Person. Of course I want to know the story of the art and the artist, but these curatorial essays always seem a bit impenetrable; a bit daunting. I want to read something that I can understand – or as this article puts it, something that doesn’t make me feel stupid. Not only are these essays full of arty jargon that only makes sense to a small group of art elite, but they are looooong. Too long. For Platform, I thought, there has to be a better way.
Being a lefty ratbag from way back, I am no stranger to the zine – those self-published short snippets of text, image and all kinds of art. Many a day and night were spent in the student union building or whatever non-profit I was working for at the time, photocopying queer zines and drama zines and poetry zines. With Platform, I’ve moved on from the oh so cool undergrad aesthetic, but the principle remains: short, purposeful and inclusive. My friend and designer Heath Killen, who produced all of Platform’s fabulous branding, came up with the zine design; I wrote a few articles; and off to the printer it went.
Our zine comes out quarterly, and features a short piece on each exhibition during that quarter, as well as a spotlight on one of our retail artisans. There’s no arty jargon or wankery, just interesting little stories in a beautifully designed booklet. Edition #1 is out now, which you can pick up for free at Platform, or check out the online version here.
Edition two is now out!