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Art/lit. Zine, Tal­lu­lah Fon­taine & Carla Mcrae (cu­ra­tors), 74 pgs, Home Zine, home-zine.tum­blr.com, $15

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Fea­tur­ing the multi-medium work of 39 con­trib­u­tors, this third and fi­nal edi­tion of Home Zine is a bril­liantly com­pact feat. Carla Mcrae’s de­sign work, here, is dynamic — a bal­anc­ing act be­tween art, pho­tog­ra­phy, po­etry and prose which comes off feel­ing nat­u­ral and en­cour­ages the reader to keep turn­ing pages. She makes it look easy, not to men­tion bright and spa­cious; the dig­i­tal print is par­tic­u­larly suited to wa­ter­colours and pastel-tones — a re­cur­ring tint through­out.

“Peo­ple” takes less of a fo­cus than its al­ready-broad topic claims to and en­cour­ages a happy va­ri­ety of sub­mis­sions. Fon­tain & Mcrae se­lected a solid plethora of these works (with em­pha­sis on il­lus­tra­tion) to de­velop their zine. A par­tic­u­lar high­light is Karys Mcewen’s poem “At Home, To­gether,” which runs through a list of past house­mate anec­dotes as a means of ar­tic­u­lat­ing the dynamic of an empty house.

“I’d like to reaf­firm the fan­ci­ful idea that | home is wher­ever I’m with you. | But I can’t | be­cause it’s not, at least ac­cord­ing to past ex­pe­ri­ence. | I’m sort of happy now, as it is, with­out you, solo once more”.

Al­ter­na­tively, pho­tog­ra­pher Pey­ton Ful­ford cen­tres two por­traits over an at­trac­tive spread, with half-smil­ing fig­ures clutch­ing one an­other, or a stray teddy, or a bot­tle of Four Loko. It’s a fa­mil­iar mo­ment of half-asleep, end-of-apart­ment-party recog­ni­tion — strik­ing for be­ing so fo­cused and un­cer­e­mo­ni­ous.

“Peo­ple” is, if noth­ing else con­sis­tently, un­pre­ten­tious. Do not be fooled by its lack of jacket-ti­tle or its blank red spine; here is a struc­tured gallery, worth your time and money. (Joel W. Vaughan)

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