Big Fag Press at Art Basel
Big Fag Press is off to Switzerland for the Basel Art Fair.
Yes, it’s (strange but) true!
Today, our Big Fags (Diego and Mickie) arrived in Europe. Tonight they will slick their hair back and press the flesh at the world’s fanciest zine fair.
We’ve brought some terrific prints with us to show and sell, and we’ll be looking to meet and some excellent artists and talk about the prospect of printing even more lithographic editions!
The opportunity to exhibit in Basel came about earlier this year at a meeting we had with Lionel Bovier, a Swiss art book publishing maven.
Lionel was so impressed by the absurd story of our adaptive re-use of our 4 tonne machine that he invited us to participate in a special exhibition entitled “OFF PRESS” at the Basel Art Fair.
Our meeting with Lionel Bovier was organised by Artspace, Sydney. In turn, Artspace was kind enough to sponsor our visit to Switzerland by covering an airfare and freight.
Here’s some more info about OFF PRESS:
The first Off Press presentation focuses on publishers and structures that literally or conceptually re-appropriate their means of production, i.e. acquiring small press facilities or devices, developing programs using new and old technological possibilities and defining a new zeitgeist in contemporary publishing. These presses are often small, artist or designer-run, and marked by a new take on the DIY aesthetics.
(From Art Basel‘s website)
The participants in the OFF PRESS exhibition include:
- Bedford Press & AA Bookshop, London
- Big Fag Press, Sydney
- Lubok Verlag, Leipzig
- Nieves, Zürich
- onestar press, Paris
- Rollo Press, Zürich
- True True True, Amsterdam
- Werkplaats Typografie, Arnhem
Incidentally, the Big Fag Press itself is originally Swiss, a fact celebrated in this print.
We’re hoping while he’s in that most neutral of nations, our man Mickie will get the chance to visit the FAG HQ in Lausanne (near Geneva), where our precious monster was born all those years ago…