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Friday, August 14, 2015


Gorge – Elena Colman

Produced by Ladette Space

A5, 16 photocopied pages on black paper with separate page of text printed on A4 tracing paper. Sewn binding. 

Limited edition of 30. 


This is a really hard zine to review, not because I don't have anything to say, but because I don’t want to give anything away. There is always a huge joy in exploring, of not knowing, and in surprise. I just want you to get your hands on a copy, and when you first start to turn the pages examine that feeling. 

Understandably your response will be different to mine, but for it me, this zine contains the essence of early of JG Ballard, condensed to a haiku-like artist’s book. 

Gorge was produced by Ladette Space - 'an experiment in making a gallery in your home and a home in your gallery'. It is a project enthusised by a diy aesthetic, that carries through to handmade publications and zines. Ladette Space were kind enough to send me a huge package of zines, reviews of which will follow over the next couple of weeks. 

I'm dissapointed though to have not known about the exhibition that accopanied this zine. According to Elena's website it consited of: 

gin and tonic fountain, artificial cave, black light, crepe paper, ferns, sequined fabric, humidifyers, pink light bulbs, looped video. 

I know, right? Sounds amazing.      

Buy Gorge here: ladettespace.bigcartel.com/product/elena-colman-gorge

Information about Elena's work can be found here: thecolmansingularity.com

Review by Nathan Penlington

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