Drag City's set to release Harmony Korine's The Collected Fanzines. Here's what the local filmmaker/enfant terrible has to say about them:
Going back ten years…it’s so hard to remember, I was always tripping and falling over myself.
These ‘zines were written over the last fifteen years, mostly in dark rooms and the basements of old people. With names like “Adulthood,” “Foster Home and Gardens,” “Pocohontas Monthly,” “Hümer,” and others, they were sold in limited editions out of the Alleged Gallery and Andrea Rosen Gallery. Some were sold on street corners and given away to the tramp sects that were so prominent during that time period. Scraps of paper and half thoughts in the guise of art objects, you see.
Not many people actually got a chance to have these but the ones who are still amongst the living have greatly benefited. I know one lady in Panama who has the complete set, her family has stopped referring to her as a gimp now, now they call her Sue.
They were never meant to be collectible – just low-concept laugh-inducing juxtapositions of words and images, images and images, lists, monologues, cartoons, free verse, jokes, half-thoughts, fake/real interviews, innuendo and Matt Dillon’s phone number. If you sold them on eBay for a bunch of money, I want my cut. Or if you bought them then please spare a percentage to the dyke army and the flame militia, its a good charity and it's ribbon buttons are invisible.
Some of them read like letters from prison. I know these were popular in some prisons but I’m not sure why.
According to Drag City, "Harmony’s considering doing some readings, maybe with [zine collaborator and former pro skater] Mark Gonzales." We'll keep you posted. Korine will also be exhibiting art from his personal collection this spring at Vanderbilt, and we'll give you the heads-up on that as well.