We’ve long been fascinated by zine art — it’s a breeding ground for some revolutionary ideas and techniques, and also one of the last bastions of genuine underground-ness in our increasingly homogenized culture. So we’re definitely excited about In All Our Decadence People Die, a new exhibition in NYC that showcases anarchist zine art from the late ’70s and early ’80s. The exhibition draws on an archive stored at Dial House, a 16th-century cottage in England that’s been home to an anarchist creative arts center since 1967. The archive was maintained by artist Gee Vaucher, who was closely associated with the Dial House collective and the punk band Crass. The exhibition encompasses both Vaucher’s own work and that of like-minded contemporaries — it’s fascinating to see how some of the techniques and ideas pioneered by anarchist zinesters (particularly stencilling) have since crossed over into the mainstream. We’ve collected some of our favorites after the jump.
Unknown artist, No Order. 1980s. Originally spray-painted stencil on computer paper.