The Politics That Fed Marcel Dzama and Raymond Pettibon's Apocalyptic New Zine
From alchemy and humour to mythology and the apocalypse, Marcel Dzama and Raymond Pettibon's newest collaboration is the stuff of weird nightmares. Borrowing its name from Leonard Cohen's 1956 poetry book, Let us compare mythologies, the project spans a tightly curated zine, and large-scale drawings—all set to go on show at David Zwirner Gallery from next week.
Dzama here tells us he originally met Pettibon through the gallery, the pair having since embarked on numerous creative journeys together—the last of which was in 2015, when they staged a dual zine-exhibition project at David Zwirner New York, titled Forgetting the Hand. Now, to London.
Here they draw inspiration from America's current tempestuous political situation as well as music—in particular, the legendary Neil Young and Leonard Cohen. From iconic films, modernist literature and Surrealist rebel Duchamp, the wide-ranging themes of the show are fused together to create a visceral response that is reflected in the artworks. Stand guard—viewing the work tends to trigger feelings and reactions from deep within the subconscious.