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I’m not sure if this completely fits the definition of ‘zine’, but ANP (Artist Network Programme) is a quarterly published, giant-sized free journal produced by art/punk/skate ‘important dude’ Ed Templeton (artist, skater and founder of Toy Machine), Brendan Fowler (of BARR) and Aaron Rose (curator-extraordinaire and man behind the Beautiful Losers show/documentary). Each issue is packed full of interviews and images from the crème-de-la-crème of contemporary ‘art’, be that music, film, fine art or the odd rad bookshop or café shaking things up.
For an idea of the sort of people ANP regularly covers, this issue has lengthy interviews with prolific name changer Will Oldham, performance artist, musician filmmaker, writer and more Miranda July, influential photographer C.R Stecyk and avant-noise merchants/visual artists Black Dice as well as features on the painter Noah Davis, Berlin bookshop Motto and the Austin School of Film. Also featured is the blissed out noise label Not Not Fun, a selection of poster works by artist Bobbi Woods and extracts from a book about a notorious Chicago street gang called The Gaylords.
So this is very ‘cool’, but never a trend follower or jumping on things because they are big at the moment. Instead each article comes across as a meeting between friends and allows a fair few pages to really get into detail and depth with the artist involved, which makes each super interesting and manages to bring something new to the conversation even with old-timers (or rather, stalwarts) who seem to have been interviewed a hundred times. Couple that with features on people, bands and scenes that maybe aren’t so widely covered by other media and it keeps the whole thing moving forward.
The large format also lends itself well to reproductions of the work, be it photography, painting or illustration, you can see things at a proper size and take them in a little bit nearer to how they were intended to be seen. The magazine seems more like an ongoing project rather than a publication, and while my knowledge of the actual Artist Network Programme (this is just the journal) is pretty small, I guess that’s the whole point. To connect and cover artists of all mediums and break down whatever barriers still exist between the art, skate, punk or whatever worlds. It’s a noble thing they are trying to do then, especially making it free and distributed throughout the U.S, although the sponsorship from clothing company RVCA doesn’t quite cover postage worldwide, and the subscription cost has gone from £15 to £30 per year but I still think it’s worth it. If this were an actual magazine in the arts section of bookshops, it’d probably work out the same. And I am pretty confident the content here is considerably more dope.