Posts Tagged ‘Nieves’

Time Fears

Published May 28, 2010 by Molly

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Nieves has done it again. Time Fears is a sixteen-page zine by Matt Lock (whose previous Nieves-produced work, Hey I’m Tryin’, numbers among our personal favorites) with a beautiful and occasionally chilling array of paintings and drawings. Time Fears was published in tandem with an April-May exhibit in Hamburg, Germany, and it deals candidly with the anxieties of our age. “I was drawing a lot of ruins,” Matt comments, “Ruins of a once high level civilization, landscapes of twisted metal, abandoned buildings and scattered garbage.”

As an artist statement of sorts to accompany the zine, Matt also says, “I seem to live in two worlds: the present and the soon-to-be…I hope that you who identify with my time-based worries will bond with these pieces, perhaps finding your own time fears in my drawings and paintings, and I hope those of you less inclined to worry about time will find something here to ponder on and smile about.”

Bravo. Preview the zine here and take a peek at Matt’s website for more.

As Above So Below

Published April 6, 2010 by Molly

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As Above So Below is a book by Will Sweeney recently published by Nieves. Sweeney describes the book as “a visual narrative based on a series of randomly selected photographs from my collection of National Geographic Magazine dating between 1940 and the present day.”

Its creation involved random number-generations, a Corsican pagan tomb, a street market in Hong Kong and more. The book’s title derives from medieval hermetic philosophy and relates, according to the author, to the alchemical relationship between microcosm (the body) and macrocosm (the universe).

Well, there’s nothing better than artfully-expressed mysticism and subconscious journeying! As Above So Below is that rare project with rewards that are visual, conceptual, and possibly even metaphysical.

I’m Here

Published March 19, 2010 by Graham

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It’s here, just in time for the weekend! We first brought you word of Spike’s new movie last August, when it was still just a “secret robot short film.” After the Sundance premiere in January, Nieves released a zine, Opening Ceremony designed flipbooks and a window display, and now finally Absolut has posted I’m Here in its entirety online. Go check out the robot romance if you’re 21 or older, and stay tuned for even more radness surrounding this lovely short!

Matthew Thurber’s 1-800-Mice

Published March 3, 2010 by Graham

If you yearn for epic weirdness, dangerous hilarity, acerbic psychedelia, and simply genius storytelling, 1-800-Mice is for you. Matthew Thurber’s serialized comic book is a fantastical journey through a world where messenger mice engage in corporate espionage, hapless zinemakers may or may not hold the key to Valhalla, and sinister sentries seek answers that only open more questions. Think Thomas Pynchon by way of L. Frank Baum, with a dash of Lynchian wit. By means of what wizardry we’ll never know, Thurber conducts the symphony of this exponentially complex tale with astonishing grace. Each unexpected fold in the narrative reveals a brief glimpse of the mutant origami Thurber seems to be constructing.

The scattered scenes in the “trailer” above (which bear no relation to the actual content of 1-800-Mice), offer a brief taste of the comic’s kombucha and embalming fluid-soaked bewilderment. For the whole experience, pick up a copy of 1-800-Mice #4 from your local weird comic book shop– or Thurber’s web store– and seek out the back issues for more clues to the epic mystery!

Oh, Rad: Nieves has a brand new zine co-authored by Thurber and artist Marc Bell.

Extra Bonus: Video of Thurber reading 1-800-Mice with the help of a giant scroll in a crowded bar.

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Nieves’ I’m Here Zine

Published January 29, 2010 by Graham

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The small press superstars at Nieves just released a beautiful zine comprised of images from Spike’s new short film, I’m Here. Cinematographer Adam Kimmel’s gorgeous grain and seductively smoky light take center stage here, in a selection of stills that underline the exceptionally organic vibe of this subtle sci-fi tale. From Nieves:

Spike Jonze’s new half-hour short film titled I’m Here is a robot love story celebrating a life enriched by creativity. The movie is set in contemporary L.A., where life moves at a seemingly regular pace with the exception of a certain amount of robot residents who live among the population. A male robot librarian lives a solitary and methodical life – devoid of creativity, joy and passion – until he meets an adventurous and free spirited female robot.

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Takashi Homma

Published January 26, 2010 by Graham

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Published by art zine empire Nieves in 2006, Takashi Homma’s Tokyo and My Daughter is a brief but beautiful collection of intimate photographs. The slim volume combines Homma’s two favorite subjects, with a selection of gorgeous cityscapes intertwined with comical and honest impressions of the artist’s young daughter.

Homma is renowned for his subdued Tokyo landscapes, but his portraits of Japanese youth are possibly even more affecting. The way he captures contemporary childhood is stunningly candid, instilling in the viewer a strong nostalgia for endless wonder– underlined by a sense of deep disquiet.

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Geoff McFetridge— “Recent Work”

Published December 2, 2009 by Molly

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Looking for something to pore over as you sip your cocoa by the fireplace this winter? Try a spell with Geoff McFetridge’s brand-new Recent Work, a beautiful 16-page collection of Where The Wild Things Are-related work that the artist completed for his old pal Spike, with the influences of Sonny Gerasimowicz (who invented the creatures for the film) and the Art Direction of K.K. Barrett.

Perfect for bookshelf or xmas stocking alike.

Print’s not dead…

Published May 12, 2009 by Dallas

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The best part about Nieves is that they still print zines like this one which features an array of peculiar photos of Sonny Geras AKA the master of creating all things wild. Congrats Nieves! It’s a pretty powerful move in 2009, like making VHS cassettes. Leave it to the Swiss… By the way speaking of zines, did you know Maximum Rock And Roll still exists? You could have bet me five dollars that it didn’t but it totally does…Way punk.