5 December 2016

Mazipos



kuš! was invited by artist Carlos Carmonamedina and the "Slaughterhouse for contemporary art" Visual Kontakt to co-curate the third edition of MAZIPOS. MAZIPOS is a very exciting project, it's an itinerant poster exhibition, an artist database, a global fanzine. 


The artists of MAZIPOS #3 are:

Abraham Díaz (MEX), Akvile Magicdust (LTU), Ana Galvañ (SPA), Anna Haifisch (DE), Brecht Vandenbroucke (BE), Dāvis Ozols (LAT), Dunja Janković (CRO), Inés Estrada (MEX), Jean de Wet (ZA), Jesse Jacobs (CAN), José Ja Ja Ja (ES), Lai Tat Tat Wing (HK), Léo Quievreux (FR), Liisa Kruusmägi (EST), Līva Kandevica (LAT), Martín López Lam (PER), Oskars Pavlovskis (LAT), Pixin (SGP), Roope Eronen (FIN), Samplerman (FR), Santa France (LAT), Tara Booth (USA), Ville Kallio (FIN), (ARG) and Zane Zlemeša (LAT)

All three editions of MAZIPOS will be exhibited at Laborator Visual Kontakt in Bihor, Romania from  09.12.2016 to 15.01.2017. (Facebook invite)

Some poster samples:




All the posters you can view online here or live at the exhibition! Very happy to bring artists from the tiny pages of kuš! to the big format in an exhibition in the contemporary art world.

18 October 2016

š! #26 'dAda' is out now

2016 marks the centenary of the Dada movement. To celebrate this fittingly, twenty-one international artists created their very own absurdist comics inspired by Dada. The result, š! #26 'dADa', is out now! Get a copy and achieve eternal bliss!


Cover: Zane Zlemeša (Latvia).
Contributors: A. Burkholder (USA), Brie Moreno (Canada), Cátia Serrão (Portugal), Daniel Lima (Angola), Dāvis Ozols (Latvia), Dunja Janković (Croatia), Dylan Jones (USA), Ernests Kļaviņš (Latvia), Jaakko Pallasvuo (Finland), José Ja Ja Ja (Spain), König Lü.Q. (Switzerland), Līva Kandevica (Latvia), Maija Kurševa (Latvia), Marc Bell (Canada), Mārtiņš Zutis (Latvia), Olaf Ladousse (Spain), Roman Muradov (Russia), Saehan Park (South Korea), Sammy Stein (France), Vincent Fritz (Germany) and Zane Zlemeša (Latvia). With an introduction by: Agathe Mareuge (France) 

Support: Latvian State Culture Capital Foundation

Format: A6, 164 pages, full-color, perfect bound, high quality and environmentally friendly Munken paper.

Get it:  Order it for $13.95 from our webshop, or get a kuš! subscription and receive also the next kuš! titles.

Preview Pages:
  Ernests Kļaviņš

To get the full dada experience and take part in the celebration, better order š! #25 'dADa' here.


14 October 2016

Behind The Comics (23) - Daria Tessler

'Behind The Comics' returns with Daria Tessler. She contributed 'The Hanging Garden' to š! #24 'Urban Jungle' and just two weeks ago we released her mini kuš! 'Music of Changes'.


Daria Tessler // *1979, Finland. Born in Finland, Daria Tessler grew up in California, where she studied printmaking and mathematics. Daria is the creator of Animalsleep, a collection of silkscreened art, illustrations, children's books, and mini comics.

Her artist friend Sean Christensen conducted an interview with her especially for this edition of 'Behind The Comics'. In between there are also pictures from her studio and the process of creating her mini kuš! which she silkscreen printed.



SC: What are the most influential things to your work that are not of the arts?

DT: I'm really into history, math and science, and was reading a book on chaos theory this winter. It tied in well with thinking about John Cage's creative process. It really inspired me a lot. But I also think complex math gets into this beautiful space where it seems a lot like art. It's a form of creative expression, but it's also like a shared language, that given a common foundation of tools and understanding, mathematicians can all build the same mental sculptures and come to a consensus that logically, these thought sculptures must be valid and must exist. Then these structures can be used to build even more abstruse and complex mental structures. The fact that some humans can dedicate themselves to building this vast internal mental playground and play together on it is really wonderful to me.


SC: Knowing you personally, I know that your process is heavily collage based, using cutouts of sketchbook elements, scrap doodles and crazy patterns arranged all over. You also hand hatch all those dense blacks. You are a lot like a musical orchestrator of visuals.
How do you know when a pattern you developed or a figure, appendage or atmospheric element is ripe to be in a composition?


DT: I have a few days every year where everything I draw feels spot-on perfect but most of the time I have to really work at getting things right. I have stacks and stacks of light-boxed iterations of most of my drawings. To my eye some versions of a drawing feel alive and some feel incorrect, awkward or just void of personality. It's one of those hard to pin down things, a feeling that what I drew is finally right, and feels interesting with the other elements in the image.


SC: Your comics works have been mostly silent with a few recent exceptions, Music of Changes and the comic about an opera singer, Musical Ether. But Its undeniable that your comics are very loud to the eye in a beautiful way. What do you hear when you are crafting a page?

DT: It's funny to think that the process of filling a page with the visual chaos of almost endless detail is actually a somewhat meditative process, and calms my otherwise racing mind. It's more a matter of turning my anxious looping chatter down and hearing blissful silence.


SC: Can you hear your characters thoughts? What are they like?

DT: I'm not a writer in the normal way, where I create characters who feel real to me and take on a life of their own. I come up with random disconnected ideas, (like moments of action, or thought constructs), and then I create characters who can put those ideas into action, so the characters are more like empty puppets mouthing my words and being forced through the motions required to fulfill my ideas. I wish I could create realistic characters with depth and personality but so far I don't feel like any of them have come to life enough for me to feel they have any thoughts of their own! Their thoughts are my thoughts, but maybe with a little more freedom to abandon the constraints of reality.


To read Daria Tessler's marvellous mini kuš!, better get your copy here! Also you should definitely have a look at her wonderful silkscreens here!

5 October 2016

š! #26 coming out soon

Daaaddddddaaaaa! The kuš! fall season continues with a slightly crazy issue. 2016 marks the centenary of the Dadaist movement. To celebrate this fittingly, international artists created their very own absurdist comics inspired by Dada. It’s time to lose your mind and achieve eternal bliss with š! #26 'dADa'.



š! #26 'dADa', will be released on 18 October 2016

Cover: Zane Zlemeša (Latvia). Contributors: A. Burkholder (USA), Brie Moreno (Canada), Cátia Serrão (Portugal), Daniel Lima (Angola), Dāvis Ozols (Latvia), Dunja Janković (Croatia), Dylan Jones (USA), Ernests Kļaviņš (Latvia), Jaakko Pallasvuo (Finland), José Ja Ja Ja (Spain), König Lü.Q. (Switzerland), Līva Kandevica (Latvia), Maija Kurševa (Latvia), Marc Bell (Canada), Mārtiņš Zutis (Latvia), Olaf Ladousse (Spain), Roman Muradov (Russia), Saehan Park (South Korea), Sammy Stein (France), Vincent Fritz (Germany) and Zane Zlemeša (Latvia). With an introduction by: Agathe Mareuge (France)

Support: Latvian State Culture Capital Foundation

Format: A6, 164 pages, full-color, perfect bound, high quality and environmentally friendly Munken paper.

Get it:  Pre-order it for $13.95 from our webshop, or get a kuš! subscription and receive also the next kuš! titles (like the minis we released last week)...

Preview Pages:










To read the whole issue and da da da da da, you can pre-order š! #25 'dADa' here. Let's celebrate!

27 September 2016

kuš! fall season has started

The mushroom and berry picking season has begun! kuš! is very happy to announce it's ripe mini kuš! offerings for the fall. They will be released immediately and you can order them now!  

Excerpt from Daria Tessler's mini kuš!

Michael DeForge, Ville Kallio, Daria Tessler and Anna Sailamaa created very special stories to lighten up your fall or to make it even darker, you choose....

Each book has 28 pages, full color throughout, offset printed  in Latvia on high quality environmentally friendly Munken Pure paper, saddle stitch binding, pocket format (A6). Released on 28 September 2016.

Order the mini kuš! collection for $19 here or get each mini kuš! separately for $6 (worldwide shipping costs already included in the price!). In case you'd also like to get the following kuš! releases, subscribe here.

Preview:


mini kuš! #43 'Meat Locker' by Michael DeForge

Short strips about gyms, trainers and meatheads.

 
 

mini kuš! #44 'P-FE/FRAF' by Ville Kallio

Automation did not free us from work, it merely allowed an ever expanding production of highly advanced weapons technologies and surveillance. The air saturated by nanomachines produces a distinct hum.

 
 


mini kuš! #45 'Music of Changes' by Daria Tessler

Genetically modified plants grow into randomized sculptures. Order and disorder, determinism and unpredictability, protestors and magic tricks all commingle at the John Cage art farm.
 


mini kuš! #46 'Everyone Is Hungry' by Anna Sailamaa

The slow moments before falling into sleep. The sound of sparrow’s wing feathers, a rumpled tablecloth and curtains moving with the wind. The night draws closer and gently darkens the sky.





Pick your favorite berries and mushrooms, place your order here, and soon you'll get the required vitamins for your brain to get through the fall! And watch out, very soon the kuš! book season continues with the š! anthology #26.

Komiksu Konkurss 2016

Izsludināts ikgadējais komiksu konkurss latviešu māksliniekiem! 

Ilustrācija: Līva Kandevica, komiksu konkursa 2015 laureāte

Komiksu žurnāls kuš! sadarbībā ar Beļģijas-Luksemburgas-Latvijas tirdzniecības kameru izsludina komiksu konkursu 2016, kurā piedalīties aicināti profesionāli autori, komiksu zīmēšanas amatieri, mākslas studenti un jauni talanti – visi, kuri ir vismaz 16 gadus veci un kurus interesē un aizrauj vizuālu stāstu stāstīšana. Konkursa finālistu apbalvošana un izstādes atklāšana notiks Beļģijas dienu Rīgā ietvaros.

Uzzini vairāk: http://komikss.lv/konkurss/

English summary: We've just announced the details for the annual Latvian comics competition. It's aim is to foster the Latvian comics scene. All Latvians and everyone permanently living in Latvia is invited to take part.