The unexpected quietly coils around the familiar in the works of nathan lyons, nadège mériau and Yvonne Todd.
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Give me the moon and the stars
It seemed strange to choose a 115 year old photo for the cover of what is for the most part a contemporary magazine. Yet the more I looked at the image the more necessary it became. The image just didn’t seem old, fixed or sorted out. Nostalgia hadn’t gotten in- for nostalgia isn’t simply the past in an image but the present being invited in by it to straighten it out and know better.
Each Excerpt Issue is a distinct concoction and it is with excitement that we share with you number 5. As an independent, non-commercial publication we share incredible work that stirs and shake us; eschewing the insipidly picturesque in favour of conceptually rigorous and visually rich projects. Brought together under the editorial guidance of Amy Marjoram and the creative direction of Caitlin Smooker.
In the image the guard still guards, the door and stairway still lead off somewhere and the moon, embedded like a wreckers ball, makes the wall appear unnervingly permeable. 115 year later and a few people have bounced across the moons surface and there are five hundred and two million photographs when you search the moon on the internet. Just as the internet voraciously slurps up images and text, the moon continues to try to pull at anything on the earth to bring it closer, causing the oceans to slosh back and forwards. Wanting everything. Wanting what it can’t get. These thoughts intertwine as Issue 5 develops; an issue that wanted the moon and the stars. Things begin to seem vast and cryptic, the surface of a coin becomes a landscape and the funereal become something to share not bury. Across this Issue the unexpected quietly coils around the familiar and I am faced with the tautological bind that the inexplicable is what it is.
Issue 5 blends the familiar with the fantastic. We hope you enjoy this strange and compelling volume.
EDITOR Amy Marjoram [email protected]
Creative Director Caitlin Smooker [email protected]
SUPPORTERS Lou Hubbard Louis Porter
Field columbian museum moon model Unknown photographer. Model prepared by Johann Friedrich Julius Schmidt, Germany | 1898 |
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Issue 5 - March 2013 ISSN 2202-5340
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MAGAZINE CONTENTS NATHAN LYONS_RETURN YOUR MIND TO ITS UPRIGHT POSITION 4 YVONNE TODD_50% SEAHORSEL 7 SHERIDAN MILLS
STEfAN ABRAMS_HORSES 9 NATHAN LYONS
MARTIN JOHN CALLANAN
GLENN SLOGGETT 17 MARTIN JOHN CALLANAN_WITH TEXT BY PAu WAELDER 18 LANCE WAKELING
JOHN ALEXANDER_A CHINESE DISPLAY 24 BRIDGET COLLINS
KYLE WEISE_GOOGLE BOOKS - PHOTOGRAPHY’S NEW MEDIA 32 PATRICK CREMIN_THE GREAT AMERICAN BUFFET
CARL BURGESS_MORE SOON_TALK SHOW 41 PATRICK CREMIN
NADÈGE MÉRIAU 49 SCOTT MCCULLOCH_SEE THAT MY GRAVE IS KEPT CLEAN 56 TEReNCE HOGAN_ (park & home) series 61 PAUL BATT_LOST AND LEFT
PIppa milne_endless atlas 69
PHIL KNEEN_ONE WAY TRIP TO YELLOWKNIFE
RETURN YOUR MIND TO ITS UPRIGHT POSITION 4
return your mind to its upright position | Nathan lyons