In a new zine launching at the 2017 edition of Printed Matter's (LAABF), Marcel Dzama and Raymond Pettibon turn their distinctive artistic collaboration to address recent political events. Entitled Illegitimate President, this 36-page full-color zine includes drawings, collages, comic strips, and protest posters. The result is the artists’ personalized version of a political pamphlet filled with vibrant, vocal responses to topical subject matter. Dzama's account features images of some of the works, posted directly from the studio as he and Pettibon were making them.
This is the fourth zine the two artists have produced together. Their first, Dzama / Pettibon (2015), published by David Zwirner Books to coincide with Printed Matter’s New York Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1, assembled a series of works they created using the "exquisite corpse" method in which they traded drawings and developed each other’s compositions.
Well-known for prolific drawings that incorporate diverse influences into his own visual language, Dzama has expanded his practice in recent years to encompass sculpture, painting, film, costume design, and dioramas. Pettibon—for whom this ongoing project is a rare collaboration with another artist—has been making zines since the late seventies. His commitment to the spectrum of “low” and “high” culture, from comics and album covers to literary references, has long been an inspiration for Dzama. Numbered limited edition of 250.
All proceeds from sales of the zine will be donated to the (ACLU).