Jeremy Deller & Alan Kane
Toronto/Calgary, Canada: Art Metropole/Mercer Union/New Gallery, 2004
[unpaginated], 28 x 20.5 cm., staple-bound
Special edition of 25 signed and numbered copies
The second and final issue of Defile magazine, a short-lived glossy magazine riffing on Art Metropole's history with General Idea's FILE megazine. The premise of the periodical was to turn over the format to a different artist each issue, and let them do whatever they wanted with it. For the pilot issue Ron Terada exchanged ads with dozens of other art magazines, creating a closed circuit loop. The third issue, which never materialized, was have been a project by the late Will Munro.
This issue features the first published excerpt from British artists Jeremy Deller and Alan Kane's ongoing Folk Archive project. The pages alternate between full-bleed colour photographs of sound system speaker stacks from Notting Hill Carnival in 2003, and flower arrangements at the Tate Britain, treating both as sculptural works.
"Folk Archive is an attempt to re examine the notion of folk or popular art (most usually considered historically) by looking at this production from now on. Starting from folk art's broadest possible definition and in the light of developments in contemporary art, social diversity and technology, Folk Archive aims to point toward an enormous amount of energetic aand often overlooked creativity from the UK and Ireland."
- Jeremy Deller and Alan Kane
Available from Art Metropole for the original published price of $25.00, here.