Dzama / Pettibon is a collaborative zine between Marcel Dzama and Raymond Pettibon, originally published to coincide with Printed Matter’s 2015 New York Art Book Fair.
Raymond Pettibon has been making zines since he graduated from UCLA in the late seventies, but he has rarely collaborated as he did with Marcel Dzama on Dzama / Pettibon. After meeting at David Zwirner Books in late July 2015 to discuss possible projects, the two artists began to embark on their shared endeavor—something that would develop into an exceptionally beautiful, exquisite corpse–inspired form. Pettibon and Dzama traded drawings and spent the rest of the summer reworking each other’s pieces—illustrating, collaging, accentuating, and writing—to make a brand new body of collaborative work. In September, the unique pieces arrived back at David Zwirner Books where they were photographed and arranged in zine form in close collaboration with both artists.
Dzama / Pettibon was originally printed digital offset in an edition of 200 numbered copies. The first printing sold out within a day at the New York Art Book Fair; a second expanded edition is forthcoming from David Zwirner Books. The process has resulted in further projects between Dzama and Pettibon, and a show of collaborative works has been scheduled for early 2016 at David Zwirner in New York.