Non Stop Poetry : The Zines of Mark Gonzales

Long overdue, Non Stop Poetry: The Zines of Mark
Gonzales is a comprehensive presentation of the zines
made by Gonzales from the early-’90s to the present
day. (The book will launch with a signing on Thursday 25th September at the Printed Matter Art Book fair) Gonzales, thought by many to be the greatest
skateboarder of all time, is revealed by this significant
book to deserve equal recognition as an artist and
poet. His extraordinary production of more than 145
zines (the exact number is unknown since Gonzales
kept no records of his output), is a remarkable artistic
achievement worthy of the careful analysis and
documentation provided by this book. Gonzales zines
are made spontaneously using an argot all his own and
demonstrate a remarkable gift for verse and drawing.
Misshapen, hastily scribbled and collaged into
brilliantly drawn and colored ephemeral pamphlets,
these handmade zines continue a notable tradition of
artist-made publications from Ed Ruscha to Raymond


Produced in extremely limited numbers, Gonzales’
zines were almost exclusively distributed outside
traditional channels. Most were generously given away
or mailed to friends reminiscent of the distribution of
Wallace Berman’s Semina. If they did find their way to
stores such as Printed Matter in New York or Colette in
Paris, they were almost immediately snatched up.
Thus, the compilation of these zines was a herculean
effort and the book is invaluable as an encyclopedic
compendium that will be a critical purchase for
anyone interested in contemporary artist publications.
Every zine found after years of research by the editors
which was created by Gonzales from 1992 until today,
including those created in collaboration with Harmony
Korine, Cameron Jamie, and others, is presented with
all available publishing information and illustrated
with cover and interior scans.

Upon critical contemplation of the aesthetic and
philosophical contents of the zines, Gonzales’ creative
genius becomes evident. From child-like drawings of
playful characters scribbled over snapshots Gonzales
took on his travels, to emotional poems about the
mendacity of life with words scratched out creating
complex and outré koans, Gonzales’s zines have a
simplicity that showcases his whimsical and poignant
mind. But most of all, there’s a freedom in the
ephemeral nature of these thin paper volumes:
Gonzales isn’t manacled to rules of any sort, and the
results that he pours onto the page reflect that
unbridled joie de vivre.

Available for the first time at Printed Matter’s NY Art
Book Fair to be held again this September at MoMA
PS1, Non Stop Poetry: The Zines of Mark Gonzales will
be published in a limited edition of only 2,000 copies.

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