The Public Collectors project, operated by Marc Fischer since 2007, encourages collectors of material culture—the kind that most museums won’t collect or exhibit—to “open” their collections to the public. Fischer’s perspective is intrinsically linked to his participation in underground punk and metal scenes in the 1980s, a sensibility that also inflects his practice as one-third of the celebrated artist collective Temporary Services. This rollicking and sometimes dark collection meanders from paper ephemera to photography—including a visual tour of Chicago’s famed Swap-O-Rama. The charmingly weird contents also include adult Mexican comic books and postcards from outsider artist John Rininger. This mind-boggling publication is paired with documentation of the artist’s contribution to the 2014 Whitney Biennial plus an engaging interview with punk ephemera collector Stephen Perkins exploring the politics of collecting materials with little or no conventional cultural value. Truly an object to be held and experienced!
6 3/4 x 9 inches / 208 pp / 350 color
Retail Price: $28.00