For the past two years, Thisispaper Magazine has been an online platform showcasing design, architecture, fashion, photography and art with a clear and distinct aesthetic. Thsisipaper Inaugural Issue brings this vision into physical form with 144 pages of content.

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Galavant Magazine Issue No.2 “Believers” is 117 pages of original literary works and images. Featuring photographers Nguan, Alex Thebez (both have been featured on Nope Fun here and here respectively) and 23 other contributors (including myself!). Additionally, Anythony Gerace and Sarah Eisenlohr were also included in the magazine under Nope Fun’s recommendation.

The publication features articles in which writers provide a piece (poem, prose etc.) and artists have to create a series based on the text. The result is the combination of word and image through the collaboration of two individuals around the theme of “believers”.

Get a copy of Galavant Magazine here.

Interview #376: Jennifer Mehigan

24 year old artist/deisgner Jennifer Mehigan is based in Singapore. Mixing digital and traditional methods of painting, sculpture and other processes, Jennifer’s works often subvert our treatments and assumptions toward different mediums. We talk about manifestations of artificiality, identity politics, cyber dimensions and Rhinoceros Hornbills. Yes, all very relevant topics.

Lee Chang Ming: I feel like your work aims at subverting established process of creating and it manifests in a layered abstract aesthetic which plays on textures, colours and space. It kind of looks like paddle pop: which is visually appealing, yet the artificial aspect is made very much apparent. Is this aspect of artificiality a conscious part of your work? If so, what is the intention behind it?
Jennifer Mehigan: Yeah, I definitely keep coming back to the idea of artificiality in my work. I don’t really have the language to talk about it well, but it’s not really intended to be a criticism of society or whatever - although I guess that is always there on some level. It’s more like, there is an ownership that I would like to have over some notions of hyper visibility and a failure to perform or conform adequately and how that manifests for me, and colour has kind of taken over the way that I do that.

I like how you said “subverting established processes of creating”, I think that is an important part of the whole construct of ~*the artist*~ and relates back into the idea of artificiality as well… The reason I even got into painting was because of artists like Tom Pregiato and Brian Metcalf and other phone arts contributors who made it casual and fun and NOT SCARY again, and the portability of technology has definitely fed that with the ability to share images and being in shows all over the world without needing representation or to be legit or whatever the requirements are. I think the quote I read was like, you can be at Burger King or on the subway and just be painting and making stuff on your phone and that is important. The separation of art from other things has always been weird to me though.

One thing that struck me when I was reading through your tumblr was the topic of feminism, homosexuality and the need for forging a new kind of aesthetics to represent a particular position/outlook. Relating this back to your works, in what ways does your personal identity translate to what you create?
My identity has everything to do with what I create, I think, I don’t really know how other people work but I’ve kind of always assumed that most people don’t try to be something else through their work - maybe that’s naive? Hopefully not. Most of the time my work feels like I have no idea what’s going on and that is because that’s true, I guess. It shows. Nothing is too pre-meditated and I enjoy that process, even if it’s easily dismissed as a rehashing of neo- or abstract-expressionism or whatever grumpy people on the internet like to say.

I read something about Richard Hawkins, like how his work could be considered a kind of visual “cruising”, bringing some restless sensuality to the way he populates his work with objects of his desire and that, so far, has been the most relatable thing that I’ve read about painting or making things. It’s definitely instinctual or sexual or something and not so much academic or necessarily a prime example of good decision-making or whatever.

I’m a bit wary of the idea of forging a new kind of aesthetic and attaching that to certain positions or identities or whatever, but sometimes I worry that I’m falling into this trap of using loud ‘feminine’ colours in the same way blood or glitter or dildos have been used to signify some kind of queerness or hyper-femininism or whatever but I figure as long as it’s genuine and when I stop wanting to work with those I will then… that’s ok. That’s all it should be for anyone. I think it would be a little regressive to say that some kind of collective aesthetic might be better simply because our identities or politics are the same but I don’t really have any answer formed properly about that myself. Everything is still new to me.

Personally, when I see your art (or similar kind of visuals), I feel like I’m being shown an alternate cyber dimension which is slightly alienating and discomforting yet provoking in a good way. Is provoking a reaction part of your agenda?
Mostly the feedback I receive is that my work is not provocative enough actually, or a little bit vapid or “trendy” or something (I enjoy a good misogynistic critique), but I guess when it speaks to someone it speaks pretty clearly. And yeah the alternate cyber dimension is definitely an element of my work and is something I want to develop a lot further. Maybe there is something aggressive (sometimes) or threatening about it that might be a bit alienating like you said, even though the colours are ‘cute’ or whatever they’re also pretty confrontational or hazardous. Because of that, I find it difficult to let fluorescent colours go… like I actually can’t imagine making something without them.

Do think artists tend to be overly self-concsious?
Based on my experiences, yes, but there’s also plenty of artists who aren’t self-conscious enough. That sounds a bit arrogant but it’s meant to be more cheeky. I am probably too critical.

Favorite bird?
Rhinoceros Hornbills. They remind me of tropical fruit.

Upcoming projects or ideas?
Lots of projects! I’m just about to start selling a new collection of 13 sweaters (and other apparel) I’ve made with a friend Tom Hancocks called Liquid Series, and I’m working on a quite a few collaborations with people around the world ranging from sculpture to more screen-based work. One of them is with a really great Singaporean designer, Darius Ou which I am really excited about because it’s the first time I’ll be collaborating with someone who lives here, haha.

Any music to recommend?
Passage. Watch that guy - there’s some really good stuff to come.

website, blog and process tumblr

Interview #375: Alexandre Furcolin Filho

Lee Chang Ming: Introduce yourself:
Alexandre Furcolin Filho: I was born in a rural area and moved to Sao Paulo for university 8 years ago. Since then I’ve lived in between my regular job with finance in this chaotic no-city and my escapes around the world.

Your pictures are often about nature and solitude. What is motivation or inspiration behind this?
I believe my photography is not only inspired by, but is part of this process of escaping to nature, in my search for identity, truth and cure from the modern-societies diseases: Out of this domestication, this vanity enclosure, skyscrapers, elevators, offices, traffic horns, computer screens, noisy , overloaded and soulless world. Photography, as process and object, helps me wander away from all those harmful layers and find remote places where I can feel true connection with my origins and breath freely. This search is motivational and self-fullfilling by itself, and the pictures come as a natural way to express my feelings while meditating in nature. I find long-exposures a good way to manifest this, as it reproduces this flow of time in nature’s transitions and allows me to sit still for several hours with nothing but the wild.

What’s been keeping you busy lately?
Humm, I’ve been revisiting and editing and thinking a lot about my images lately, therefore discovering and reasoning a lot about myself and how subconscious acts through the camera.
Also, I’ve been working in many ways with a multidisciplinary creative studio (http://czerozero.tumblr.com/) and an art gallery (http://coletor.org/ ) in Sao Paulo.

Photographic equipement?
I shot mainly with my Nikon FM. For long exposures i am using a digital Canon 6D with dozens of hard ND filters. Sometimes I go medium format with a Hasselblad 500CM.

Upcoming projects or ideas?
Right now i’m packing up for a road trip crossing Mozanbique and Malawi. Can’t wait to throw my tent under the mesmerizing african sky and let my mind fly freely.

Any music to recommend?
Absolutely everything from Devendra Banhart.

tumblr and website.

Interview #374: Jonas Jungblut

Lee Chang Ming: Introduce yourself:
Jonas Jungblut: I am an Austrian/German photographer and artist based in Santa Barbara, CA. I work in documentary, travel and portrait photography, build sculptural work and run a Zine called “the Peanut Butter Sandwich Program”. I used to live in my Volkswagen van with a wolf dog and have a cut-in-half Porsche 911 in my yard.

You’ve done everything from portraiture, travel and documentary photography, all showing different kinds of things. Do you feel, as a photographer, that you have a personal style that acts as a common denominator for all the diverse things you shoot? Or is personal style irrelevant in the context of “professional photography” (i.e. what is considered a good photo vs a bad photo)?
Potent question. I think for the client a “style” of shooting makes it easier to commit to that particular photographer but I am not a fan of categorizing. I am definitely not the guy that is known for shooting one thing over and over, I usually work with the environment and what it has to offer. I have a hard time limiting myself to stick to a single proven method and only doing that. Like bringing a lighting setup and then shooting portraits with the same setup no matter where you are and what the background is. I follow photographers who do that and love their work but it’s not what I do. I also believe that there are only a few photographers out there who are recognized for their “style” (technical) anymore. It’s mostly subject matter that sticks, I’d say, like the guy that shoots dogs jumping into the water. The days of personal style are in the past when big name photographers would be associated with a certain style. There are too many great photographers with way too similar styles out there for me to say that only I shoot this way.

What does photography mean to you?
Photography means to make an image with a camera/device by harnessing light. I’d say that adjustments of contrast and color in post would also fall in this description but I believe that compositional alterations are considered photo-design. Any heavy photoshopping to me is photo-design. That is the technical answer. The philosophical answer would be that photography is a very powerful tool that allows us to grow by giving us a piece of information of an event. We then automatically use our imagination, creativity and experience to paint the full picture of what that event was like. Photography challenges us to think, consciously and unconsciously.

Photographic equipement?
I use a Hasselblad 501CM a Fuji XPRO1 and a Canon 5DMK2. Then sometimes an Olympus stylus EPIC DLX and a NIKON FM2. It very much depends on the assignment and/or subject matter.

Upcoming projects or ideas?
I am always working on creating content for “the Peanut Butter Sandwich Program” but I also just did a large mural pasting of a photo which was very fun, so I’d like to do some more of that. I also got interested in industrial subject matter so I will be exploring that a bit more.

As for your Peanut Butter Sandwich Program, is there a particular theme or style that you are looking for? Looks interesting…
The magazine has been my personal zine for the past years and was just picked up to be published, mainly in Europe. So the next couple months will probably show a change and I am not 100% sure where it’ll go as of now but youth culture will definitely be a main driver. I am working on the next issue and it will feature other artist so if you have a project of 4-6 images that you’d like to get published, please let me know. You could also wait for the next issue to come out and see where it’s heading…

his tumblr and website.