handlettering, Oriya MN, DIN Alternate
11.3" x 14.9" digital tabloid
The tabloid newsprint publication, printed by Newspaper Club, is a collection of rapid visual responses to the U.S. government's treatment of the Covid-19 pandemic. The process to make the publication was physical, and later was digitized for print; I bleached paper to get the layering and color effects, I created hand-cut lettering, and I made photographs of found latex gloves for the artwork. The magazine’s first and second print run sold out, we raised over $2000 for charity, and the publication was acquired by the following archives:
Published in May 2020 before the nationwide protests against police brutality began, Bleach features contributions from students at SF State University. In the foreword, Assistant Professor Ellen Christensen described the project as a vehicle for anti-racism. “The embrace of white poison by racists and nationalists is fundamentally ironic, given the long history of racist and colonialist associations of whiteness with purity,” she wrote. “Both incomprehensibly violent, and fundamentally bizarre, this current political moment necessitates subversive tactics.” All proceeds went to the Partnership with Native Americans’ Coronavirus Emergency Response Fund and The Bail Project.
Bleach is reminiscent of the neon immediacy of April Greiman’s late ‘70s / early ‘80s WET magazine covers. Its intent, however, is practical, political, and personal rather than recreational. It draws inspiration from Shira Inbar’s collaborative collection of visual responses to U.S. border detention, SEPARATED / SEPARADOS.
front and back cover
artwork by Maryam Liaghatjoo (L) and Butch Lazarian (R)
foreword written and designed by Ellen Christensen
artwork by Samantha Sias (L) and Anna Meyers (R)
artwork by Mina Kasirifar (L) and Chalermpol Jittagasem (R)
artwork by Annie Ung (L) and Audrey Graves (R)
artwork by Michael Haritos (L) and Briana Gardener (R)
artwork by Ting-Fang Cheng (L) and inside back cover (R)
artwork by Mena Kamel
latex glove, manipulated paper