Book Review of Devandalized: 1987-2017
By Stephen Wozniak
Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art, May 2023
To read my new “Book Review: Devandalized: 1987-2017,” in the May 2023 issue of the Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art, click on the link below:
by Egon Zippel
Introduction by Evan Senn
Forward by Noah Becker
Artvoices Art Books Publishing 2023
“Collage is the noble conquest of the irrational, the coupling of two realities, irreconcilable in appearance upon a plane, which, apparently, does not suit them.”
– Max Ernst
Since the 1980s, Egon Zippel has collected and organized thousands of posted stickers from the walls of Berlin, New York, Milan, Washington, D.C., Las Vegas, and dozens of international cities, where he’s also lived and absorbed the local culture. Unlike cinema posters or printed news items, the stickers assert themselves as a cultural declaration; from the adoration of pop star Morrissey, or Shepard Fairey’s Obey Giant, to “Love Me” tagger graffiti and even failed investment bank giant Goldman Sachs. Zippel arranges and shapes these parted or whole stickers in his beautifully composed “paintings” series with additional spoked and writhing signaling tape and acrylic paint backgrounds on canvas. The wide exhibition view of these works show us that the metaphoric and literal connections among the pieces act as a network, giving viewers the idea that the many voices shouting from the streets have a team that relays the messages, forms and folly that Zippel urgently needs to deliver.
Devandalized: 1987-2017 can be purchased from www.artvoicesartbooks.com and art booksellers everywhere.
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