Wait­ing With­out Wait­ing

Broken Pencil - - Zine Reviews -

Josh Brien’s work is pro­duced on a small scale, and dif­fi­cult to find even if you’re look­ing for it. Wait­ing with­out Wait­ing is a 10-panel “zine,” but is es­sen­tially a dou­ble-sided riso­graph print, folded four times ac­cor­dion-style. The pa­per is su­perb (main­tain­ing the deck­led edges is a nice touch) and the four-colour print­ing scheme is bold in a way only riso­graphs can be: pri­mary blue for out­lines with flu­o­res­cent pink-green-yel­low to fill the oth­er­wise white neg­a­tive space that dom­i­nates these im­ages.

Wait­ing With­out Wait­ing re­cy­cles mo­tifs from Brien’s re­cent work, namely, his Jan­uary ex­hi­bi­tion, the wait­ing is the do­ing of the day, which was pre­sented at Open Stu­dio as part of the Don Phillips Schol­ar­ship. The jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for that show might be stretched to in­tro­duce this work, read­ing, “In an un­cer­tain world, Josh feels that the best course of ac­tion can be to just sit and wait, and to be okay not know­ing.”

His work here — base­balls, house­plants, mis­shapen stones and dis­em­bod­ied pho­tos of a hair­less white man — all feels ab­stract, geo­met­ric, in­door. Brien’s work qui­etly walks along the un­canny val­ley, en­cour­ag­ing read­ers to sit and wait them­selves for the im­agery, the the­ory, and the ma­te­ri­als of the zine to open — or not open— them­selves up

While per­haps not tech­ni­cally a zine to some, Brien’s prints are fun and worth seek­ing out if you can. (Joel W. Vaughan)

Art Zine, Josh Brien, 10 pgs, joshuabrien.com

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