Elk: 2003-2017

An exhibition by Jocko Weyland
December 8, 2017 - January 12, 2018
6-8PM

Printed Matter is pleased to present Elk: 2003-2017, an exhibition of publications and corresponding print material by artist Jocko Weyland. A full run of Elk, the photocopied serial publication founded by Weyland in 2003, is on view alongside books published under the Elk imprint, original templates, posters for Elk Gallery shows, correspondence, ephemera, and future Elk material. A newly created Printed Matter Elk zine and editioned poster will also be released on occasion of the show. Join us for an opening reception with the artist on Friday, December 8, 6-8PM.

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Over the last fifteen years Weyland has produced thirty-four issues of Elk, always in a consistent 5 3/8 x 8” format, saddle-stitched, with a black and white interior and full-color cover. Supposedly themeless, Elk carries on the legacy of minimalist skate, punk, and off-center art magazines of the early- to mid-1980s, with – as Weyland has noted – a “discriminating catholic sensibility”. The zine is simultaneously ruminative and unpremeditated, roughly constructed, built from the spontaneous connections that emerge as found materials are set in relation to one another in sometimes straightforward but often more allusive ways. The publications ask how images can be made to stand on their own.

To this end, each spread of Elk features a set of paired-off image/text excerpts that have been borrowed from various sources: found images from books and maverick periodicals, works of art, historical documents, letters, poems, and advertisements. Working through the immeasurably huge pictorial archive around him, Weyland identifies and isolates images, placing them into new contexts to ferret out unexpected and evocative cultural/subcultural affinities as well as formal and compositional resonances. As Weyland reproduces and re-scales each image, distilling down an archive of strange and challenging source material, he levels notions of “high” art and the underground, creating something that is at once serious and playful.

In addition to the zine, Elk also publishes books devoted to artists, writers, and catalogues for Elk Gallery exhibitions, an itinerant manifestation that has hosted 13 shows at unconventional spaces in New York, Los Angeles, and Beijing. These works are also on view.

In loving memory Shannon Michael Cane 1974-2017 Jim Walrod 1961-2017 True friends, comrades, and supporters of Elk

Checklist
  1. Thomas Hauser
    Photographs
    Brooklyn, NY: Elk Books, 2006
    Out of stock
  2. Rick Charnoski
    Sleepers
    Los Angeles, CA: Elk Books, 2007
    Out of stock
  3. Kate Haug and Nicole Andrews
    Teen Book
    New York, NY: Elk Books, 2007
    Out of stock
  4. Jocko Weyland and editor
    Elk
    Los Angeles, CA: Elk Books, August 2017
    $6.00
  5. Jocko Weyland and editor
    Elk
    Los Angeles, CA: Elk Books, May 2007
    $6.00
  6. Jocko Weyland and editor
    Elk
    Los Angeles, CA: Elk Books, 2005
    Out of stock
  7. Jocko Weyland, Brad Westcott and Phil Jackson
    The Dam
    Tucson, AZ: Elk Books, 2016
    $8.00
  8. Jocko Weyland
    Elk
    Brooklyn, NY: Elk Books, 2004
    $6.00
  9. Gloria Toyun Park
    La Perruquière
    Los Angeles, CA: Elk Books, 2007
    Out of stock
  10. Peter Nolan Smith
    Famous for Never
    Brooklyn, NY: Elk Books, 2006
    Out of stock
  11. Jocko Weyland
    Elk: 2003 - 2017
    New York, NY: Elk Books, 2017
    $10.00
  12. Jocko Weyland and Thurston Moore
    Today Your Love, Tomorrow the World
    Los Angeles, CA: Elk Books, 2005
    Out of stock
  13. Jocko Weyland and editor
    Elk
    Los Angeles, CA: Elk Books, June 2004
    $6.00
  14. Jocko Weyland
    Now I Hate Summer
    Los Angeles, CA: Elk Books, 2007
    unknown
    Out of stock
  15. John F. Weyland
    Acrobats Shouldn’t Fall & Other Poems
    Brooklyn, NY: Elk Books, 2004
    $6.00
  16. Vince Aletti
    Vince Aletti
    Los Angeles, CA: Elk Books, 2010
    unknown
    $10.00
  17. Mary Dennis
    The Queen In The Dance Party
    New York, NY: Elk Books, 2010
    Unknown
    Out of stock
  18. Gil Gonzalez
    Flowerbomb
    Los Angeles, CA: Elk Books, 2009
    unknown
    Out of stock
  19. Jocko Weyland
    Elk
    Brooklyn, NY: Elk Books, 2011
    unknown
    $6.00
  20. Jocko Weyland
    Elk
    Brooklyn , NY : Elk Books
    $6.00
  21. Jocko Weyland and ed.
    Elk
    Brooklyn, NY: Elk Books, 2003
    unknown
    Out of stock
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