LAUNCH PARTY

The launch will be a free event taking place on Friday 10th of June at the Duke Of Uke from 8pm onwards. There will be live music from The Proper Ornaments and Omi Palone, as well as poetry readings by Jack Underwood, Sam Riviere and Jen Calleja. There will also be prints for sale by artists Katie Scott, Billie Miranda Muraben and Martha Ellen Smith.

This will be your first opportunity to snap up a copy of Issue One, and it will be sold for £6.

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Billie Miranda Muraben

Using imagery sourced from interpretations of the American Dream, ranging from neon fast-food signs to Ed Ruscha, Billie Muraben’s work is reminiscent of a William Eggleston photograph that has been stripped of its saturated kodachrome vibrance. In her submission for TEAM, she has illustrated a ‘Visual Thesaurus’, created by using an online thesaurus and Google Images in cohesion with one another, in order to explore the discrepancies between language and visual communication. 

She will also be showcasing some of her work  at the TEAM launch, which will include a new selection of her Litho and Screen Prints.

Part of the ‘Visual Thesaurus’

Stephen Barrett & Ariadna Serrahima

Kindles and e-books are rising in popularity, signalling what may be the death of the paperback. Stephen Barrett & Ariadna Serrahima have collaborated on a project that aims to celebrate the printed page. Throughout each copy of TEAM, there will be a loose page that seems to have been torn out from first editions of seminal works of fiction such as The Fall, Lolita, Texts For Nothing and many more. Whichever fragment of text you find in your copy, we hope that it will serve as a testament to the intimacy that the printed page brings to the experience of reading.

Joe Kessler

Joe Kessler is currently causing quite a stir in the UK comics scene, has recently been hired by Nobrow and co-runs the Rolling Sea riso-printing company so, needless to say, he is a busy man. However, much to our excitement, he still found to the time to submit a comic to our first issue, a homage to The Seven Crystal Balls, number thirteen in the Adventures Of Tintin series. In summer 2010 I got hold of the first instalment of Mwara, which remains, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful publications to emerge from the world of British comics in the past year or so.

Page from Mwara #1

Simon Marsham & Jacob Hicks

We have some more submissions from photographers Simon Marsham and Jacob Hicks.

Simon Marsham’s work evokes a hazy nostalgia, and he welcomes with open arms the happy accidents and magical imperfections that appear through the use of  old, analogue cameras and grainy, expired film. He co-edits NOT CONTENT, a photography blog that is regularly updated  with outstanding work from up-and-coming photographers from around the world.

Jacob Hicks is currently studying towards a Photography BA from Camberwell College of Arts. His  photographs of urban environments show great promise, particularly with regards to composition.

by Simon Marsham

by Jacob Hicks

Sam Riviere & Martha Ellen Smith

Issue One will feature a set of “polaroids”, though not in the traditional sense. They will convey a similar intimacy and nostalgia as the photographic medium, as well as being the same size and allocating the same amount of space to the content as to the border. However, rather than being the work of a photographer, these “polaroids” will be created by poet Sam Riviere and illustrator Martha Ellen Smith.

Alongside Jack Underwood, who is also a TEAM contributor, Sam Riviere is a co-editor of poetry anthology Stop Sharpening Your Knives and is currently working towards a PhD at the University of East Anglia. He won an Eric Gregory Award in 2009, and Faber & Faber have published a collection of his work under the Faber New Poets scheme.

We first came across Martha Ellen Smith’s lino-cuts at the 2010 Camberwell Illustration Degree Show. Her portrait of Sonny Ford had a profound impact, reminding me of Robert Crumb’s portraits of blues, country and jazz musicians and the wood-cuts of Frans Masreel.

Here is a sneak peek of one of Martha’s “polaroids” that is to be featured in Issue One.

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Jack Underwood

Poet, librettist, musician and co-editor of poetry anthology Stop Sharpening Your Knives Jack Underwood has kindly agreed to become a regular contributor to TEAM magazine. Each issue will feature an essay that addresses the subject of “Practical Heresies”, which will consider the flaws that are inherent in inventing truths in order to make sense of the world. The first of this series, entitled: Time: An Australian Summer in London, inspired by watching test-match cricket and thinking about Henri Bergson, suggests that the way we have chosen to measure time is not an accurate way of representing how we experience it. We are so happy to have such a talented individual on board, and highly recommend that you pick up a copy of his Faber New Poets poetry pamphlet, or indeed, a copy of Stop Sharpening Your Knives 4

Jack Underwood reading at the SSYK(4) launch.

Katie Scott

 My introduction to Katie Scott's work was her drawings of dudes in hawaiian shirts. I stared at them for a considerable length of time, somehow she had succeeded in making me feel a certain sentimentality towards the lifestyle of golf-playing, visor-toting Floridians who have a penchant for juice-boxes and dressing up their pets.

 Due in part to my visiting the Hunterian Museum and Skin exhibition at the Welcome Collection this summer, I have developed a bit of an interest in the art of anatomical drawings. Needless to say, Katie’s submission to TEAM got me very excitied indeed.

 

Seeds by Katie Scott


Head and Hands by Katie Scott 

James Burgess & Caitlin Duennebier

I must apologise for how slack we have been these past few months with regards to  updating the blog. However, not to worry, because we have been getting in submissions thick and fast, and Issue One is starting to take shape. Our newest submissions come from photographers James Burgess and Caitlin Duennebier. Here is a preview of their work.

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by James Burgess

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by Caitlin Duennebier