Hughes and I launched issue 4 of our art/humour/widdicombe zine The Story of Grass last night, at the opening of our latest exhibition at Peg Powler Gallery. It was a bit of a mad rush – the zine had to be finished (Hughes and I jammed on the last couple of pages and the results are spiffy) and then Hughes went AWOL for an hour or two while I panicked and then it was off to Staples to get it photocopied, and we arrived at the gallery with thirty minutes to put the pictures up. We flung them bastards at the walls like it was pebbledash with faces and layers of meaning and were finished with 3 minutes to spare. Instant exhibition!
So the zine is done! This one features:
And the same old quote from Bob Mortimer on the cover.
It’s arty and funny and weird and it will make you taller, if that’s what you’d like.
24 photocopied pages, incl. 8 in colour and probably 3 funny ones.
‘I liked The Story of Grass. I laughed until I stopped then started up again more firmly.’ – Bob Mortimer
‘Wonderfully surreal and darkly comic’ – Silent Words Speak Loudest
‘Frankly hilarious. It owes something to the Vic Reeves school of comedy, and maybe a bit of early Viz’ – The Crack magazine
Wonder Showzen is Sesame Street as beamed from a bad planet. It’s amazingly inventive, offensive and funny. You’ll love it, trust me.
I am currently writing jokes for The Story of Grass. Hughes is en fuego, and I’m struggling to keep up. So far responding to his art has led me into making jokes about Lana Turner, weasels, John F. Kennedy, Twitter, Michael Bay, soup and Graham The Three-Headed God of Accessorising, Thunder and Good Hygiene. And there are still a few pages left to fill. What will tomorrow bring?
Oh, the Peg Powler words exhibition launch went good. There’s some brilliant art on display (and one playfully offensive piece by Stuart Faulkner which isn’t on display but which AJ might show you if you ask him nicely. Faulkner’s other stuff is kitsch and funny – his painting of Noah’s Ark was a highlight for me). Get down to it! Here are the Peg Powlers obscuring the U and W of my meisterwerk, The A-Z of Writing.
Thank you, the Peg Powlers, for framing my stuff!