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Retrofuturism 14

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One Year Into the Art Strike

This being January 1991, the Persian Gulf War loomed large in the minds of contributors, and was extensively reflected in the works that appeared in this issue. The works range from Steve Perkin’s opening text ‘Desert Storm’, to graphics by Eleutheros Productions, and on to a report on the activities of the Aggressive School of Cultural Workers that centered around their anti-Gulf-War art exibit ‘Lies in the Sand’ held in Iowa City that month.

Less particular to that moment, but no less apt, was the art-satyrical text ‘State of the Art for Today’s Artist’ by the Bureau of Control and its accompanying and amusing comic strip. (Additional works of comic detournement appeared in this issue as well, the form being all the rage at that moment.)

Al Ackerman, whose welcome deflation of the proceedings through humor were always eagerly absorbed by our readership, contributed ‘The Magic of Bigamy (An Alternative to Art Strike)’. As we previously warned, Art Strike 1990-1993 makes appearances in other works, and in letters and commentary that make up this issue.

Graphics that meld language and pictures in new ways, Tape-beatle News, reviews of printed and audio works, and numerous ads for similar projects and announcements, make up the remainder of the selection assembled for your delectation.


Printed on a Xerox 9500.

US print run: 444.

Final Retrofuturism in the half-legal format.

PDF upload: 2002-08-01.


Photostatic Magazine Retrograde Archive no. 43

Minor design adjustments to the cover and master layout.


H. R. Fricker

Stephen Perkins

Eleutheros Productions

Buzz Art

Don Baker/Jeff Brice

Ralph Johnson

Semiotic Liberation Front

The Tape-beatles

Gen Ken Montgomery

Black Eye

Bureau of Control

Cracker Jack Kid

C Schneck

Al Ackerman

Thomas Wiloch

John Marriot

David Tiffen

Mark Pawson

Ben Allen