This new zine documents an ongoing and widely celebrated collaboration between two of the most influential draftsmen in contemporary art.
Raymond Pettibon has been making zines since he graduated from UCLA in the late 1970s, but he has rarely worked with other artists as he does with Marcel Dzama. Their collaboration began with their first zine, Dzama / Pettibon, originally produced for Printed Matter’s New York Art Book Fair in September 2015. The two artists embarked upon their first shared endeavor to create something that would become an exceptionally beautiful, “exquisite corpse” inspired form. Over a series of months, they traded drawings and reworked and built upon each other’s pieces—using illustration, collage, and writing—to make a brand new body of collaborative work.
The original zine’s first printing sold out upon publication. A second expanded edition was released on the occasion of Forgetting the Hand, the first joint exhibition of these works, which was held in early 2016 at David Zwirner, New York.
Let us compare mythologies is a continuation of this ongoing project and consists of a completely new group of drawings. The latest zine is published on the occasion of the artists’ exhibition at David Zwirner, London, in October 2016. Included in this zine—their third—are works that have been made since Forgetting the Hand, along with a fold-out poster of It is big big business (or We s’port . . . and necessitate one another, thought to brush, word to image hand in hand . . . for the greatest interest . . . of writing thou art), a large-scale wall mural and their largest collaborative work to date. Featuring Pettibon’s depictions of surfers engulfed in enormous waves intertwined with Dzama’s illustrations of costumed characters, this remarkable mural truly represents their partnership.
Available only through David Zwirner Books, October 2016.