PRISM Index #1

March 25, 2010 at 6:13 pm Leave a comment

Prism Index #1

The first issue of PRISM Index is beautifully proportioned and stinks dizzyingly of dried paint. PRISM Index is a great new, almost entirely handmade zine/magazine-thing with comics, writings, and a slew of art from a slew of artists. The editors’ personalities shine throughout, with self-conscious references to the solicitation and submission process; the whole object is a great intellectual and creative artifact addressed lovingly to anyone that might ever get a copy. God willing, founder Jeffrey Bowers, off somewhere in the mysterious depths of exotic Ohio, is deservedly happy with what he’s done.

The first issue is $22, 80 pages of text and art, accompanied by an 88 minute DVD and a 72 minute compilation album. From the Prism Index website:

“PRISM index is a limited edition, handmade, silk-screened, mixed-media compilation that compiles the various work of a wide spectrum of artists into one place. The goal of this publication is to create a collage of current art/culture scenes from throughout the US and the world. By sustaining an outlet for artistic expression, PRISM index offers its audience an off-kilter style, while expanding the aesthetic horizons of all parties involved. As a network for artists, this project seeks to establish a platform for multi-media sharing through the tactile, aural, and visual experience of print, images, sounds (CD), and movies (DVD) and to extend and elaborate those expressions through its online presence. PRISM index intended to create something that could not be thrown away, skimmed through, replicated, or forgotten.

In PRISM index #1, the front and back covers are silk-screened on handmade paper and then hand bound. Limited to 500 copies sold. Inside includes: 80 pages printed offset onto 60 lb paper, 24 in full color. These pages range from paintings, drawings, comics, short stories, non-fiction, and more. Sewn into the middle of the book are a hand linoblock stamped 72 minute CD and 88 minute DVD. The CD ranges from old country classics, dissonant throat singing, vagabond lullabies, to a Mariah Carey cover. The DVD is no less modest with films about space invasion, homosexuality’s connection with orange juice, an eternal question, lost opportunities to urinate, and exotic zoology. There are tons of little personal additions including mini-comics, recipes, or other junk lying around. If you have any questions or inclinations to submit please visit the contact page.”

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Entry filed under: Art, Books, Music.

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