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Nice Magazine
Brendan Michael Carey
c. 2003
 
The everyday magazine—which the dictionary defines as ‘a periodical publication containing articles and illustrations, often on a particular subject’—generally comprises a few basic physical essentials, namely a consistent size, a masthead, cover, spine and a number of pages. Somewhat unsurprisingly, these fundamentals have come into question by thinkers and artists alike, inspiring numerous investigations that could be considered profound social commentaries or mere artistic follies.

The terrific ‘One Page Magazine’ by Joseph Ernst is a fine example. Each issue drastically reduces another renowned publication onto a single abstract page by superimposing poignant graphic language in its exact location throughout. For example, a complete issue of French Vogue presented only through the manifold logos found in its advertising, or a copy of Playboy composed exclusively with its instances of the word ‘love’.

In the edition shown, artist Brendan Michael Carey has taken an experiment in deconstruction one step further. Nice Magazine is a self-published-and-produced hybrid of art and mass-media consisting of a found piece of wood (in this instance an old door) chopped down to A4 and finished with a printed masthead, hand-stamped barcode and a rudimentary advertisement glued on the reverse. Each entirely unique first edition—purportedly of which there were an astounding 17,000 made—beautifully celebrates the magazine as an object whilst making a timely statement about our consumption of standard glossy mags.
 
9 November 2018
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Nice Magazine, cover detail.
Nice Magazine.
Nice Magazine, cover detail.
Nice Magazine, cover detail.
Nice Magazine, detail.
Nice Magazine, cover detail.
Nice Magazine, rear cover.
Nice Magazine, cover detail.
Nice Magazine, detail.
Nice Magazine, rear cover detail.
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