Studio ONE11 Zine Launch Party

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The COLLABORATORS OF STUDIO ONE11 have been instrumental in the birth of Kelowna’s very own zine scene. December last year, while everyone and their mom was waiting for the world to end, the good folks over at Studio One11 were busy putting together Kelowna’s first End of the World Zine Fair. It was an exciting event with zines contributed from various countries. I stocked up on some soon-to-be bunker reading material. I was satisfied that if everything came to an end; at least it was with a bang over at Milkcrate Records.

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A few nights ago at the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art, on a weekday we’ve come to know as Thursday; Studio ONE11 was focused on a bang of a bigger kind. It was the launch of the Evolution Issue. The new zine is filled with everything from mammoths and smoking monkeys to anatomical drawings and lonely pathogens. There’s even a creepy Darwin in sunglasses watching over his lot of genetically modified creatures.

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What I especially noticed on the display desk that night was the separate zine projects some of the members had worked on. Lucas Glenn’s work is full of rhetorical quips which are as thought-provoking as they are playful. While Jeff Ellom’s collage images turn upside down any sense of familiarity the viewer may begin to feel. His found text and image arrangements reveal a developed understanding of the power of juxtaposition.

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Joshua Khutney and I organized everyone in the group for pictures. We used an old Polaroid camera with practically extinct film. Almost all the pictures all came out terribly underexposed. Josh left me at the Alternator Gallery to rush home to grab his Nikon. I guess this is evolution. Meanwhile Brit and I continued a conversation we were having on the alternative development of Polaroid film. She shared some enlightening methods on ways in which to mess around with the film using scratching and warm water. Despite the night’s analog setback, I felt a renewed enthusiasm to experiment later with these new techniques.

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Josh made it back just before the event was ending. We retook the group shots digitally. There was still a lot of energy and laughs even though the event was winding down. Everyone who left ended up helping take down Corie Waugh’s Cardboard Fox installation which was being shown again in the Alternator Gallery.

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Over the past months it’s been very rewarding to observe how the individual artists uniquely interpret the theme of each issue. So far Studio ONE11 has had six releases: One11, True/False, Money, Playground Politics, Heartbreak, and Evolution. Despite the different techniques each artist may explore (such as text, collage, illustration or photography); a candid style of social commentary consistently runs through. Brit, Jeff, Lucas, Corie, and the newest member, Tayelor Martin are sure to continue ONE11’s notable tongue-in-cheek approach for many issues to come.


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