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Last weekend, local artists Michael Lachman and Nathan Jones hosted a one-night zine show titled Print Ready at Dynamo Arts Association. Dynamo is a non-profit studio and project space located in the Main Street area that accommodates artists working across a diverse range of media. Shared studio space in the back and gallery in the front, Dynamo typically holds one to four week-long exhibitions curated by both the board and artists in the studio. Artists Michael and Nathan’s January 18th exhibition included endeavours into independant art publishing by Amiel Gonzales, Doug Wideen, Josef Carhoun, Justin Gradin, Linton Murphy, Michel Groat, Phadra Harder, Sarah Davidson, Stephine McDonell, Tylor MacMillan, and more. I paid Mike and Nathan a visit at the studio prior to the opening to talk about the show.
Elliat Albrecht: How did you select the artists for this exhibition?
Michael Lachman: They’re friends of ours mostly; people we know.
EA: Were they making zines before, or are they making them specifically for the show?
ML: Typically the artists have made zines before, but a few of them are also making them for the occasion. It’s open, as far as what people want to do.
EA: Did you have an idea of what the artists might produce before you asked them to contribute?
ML: No, there was definitely a lot of trust.
Nathan Jones: We didn’t spend a lot of time focusing on that. We picked artists that we’re currently associating with or that are making work that we feel is important.
EA: Why zines? What interested you about them?
ML: Nathan and I actually became friends through zine-making when we both participated in the Canzine event. Anyone can submit work to Canzine, so there’s a very wide variety of material but I was really interested in what Nathan’s doing.
EA: [to Nathan] What are you doing?
NJ: I’m making little art books and illustrations, trying to explore the whole process of zines. Which is similar to what Michael is doing as well.
EA: Do you photocopy them? Are they cheap to reproduce?
NJ: Yeah, they’re mostly photocopied and some are assembled with staples or thread.
ML: I sew mine with a machine, but a lot of people staple theirs. They’re fairly cheap to make, and I think that’s what draws artists to the medium; they’re so easy to reproduce and circulate in large amounts.