A few pages from Wound Magazine 1 - Nov 2007
The first issue of Wound Magazine was published in November 2007, and established the magazine as a distinctive and eclectic feast of unusual delights. The issue centres around a theme of "Glitter & Doom", interpreted in the broadest sense, and brings together architecture, fashion, art and music with a series of fascinating articles and interviews. The photography and artwork truly makes this publication much more than a "read and discard" magazine, and many readers will, I suspect, find room for it on their bookshelves.
The magazine takes its name from a quote from Robert Frost: “It is absurd to think that the only way to tell if a poem is lasting is to wait and see if it lasts. The right reader of a good poem can tell the moment it strikes him that he has taken an immortal wound, that he will never get over it.” And much of the magazine's content lives up to that immortal quality. Cast your eye across the contents and you will see what I mean:
The Music section includes interviews with Alice Kemp and Wajid
Yaseen of Uniform, Kristen and Veuve of The Sixteens, Cult
With No Name members Erik Stein and Jon Boux, U R Penetrators
vocalist Lizzie, Ulterior members Honey, Simmons, Ben and Karl, and
and Porl King about his project miserylab. There are articles about
Babygod and HTRK, and an extended feature about Future
Brain and Italo-disco.
The Art section covers a number of artists with commentary, examples of their work, and interviews with artists. The introductory article, "Anita mon amour" (the Anita being Anita Berber) is followed by sections featuring Espira, Jennifer Martin, Karen Tang, Danny Sangra, Yutaka Inagawa, Kyu-Sung Jo and Sue de Beer. Ken Pratt reviews an installation by Norwegian artist Børre Sæthre and Michael Benson writes about an Iranian art exhibition. Finally, a film review entitled "Snails, Downs Syndrome and Razor Blades" considers the controversial film "What is it?" by Crispin Hellion Glover.
The Fashion section features: Hot on the Heels of Love photographed by Mark Kean; Le Scandale! and Solitaire by Ssam Sung Un Kim; Appassionata photographed by Peter Zownir; Showcase and Twist in my Sobriety by Nari K; All Fall Down by Derrick Santini; Modern Classics by Takashi Kamei; The Hedonists by Frederic Aranda; a feature article "Icons of Fashion: Thierry Mugler and Azzedine Alaia" by Laurent Dombrowicz; Mimosa by Charles Adesanya; "Notes from the Fashion Frontline" by Detmar Von Swichbach; Yu’s World; Vanguard: Kristian Aadnevik; Nightvision photographed by Ognyan Yordanov; Shanghai Gothic by Lynn Wahab-Winter; Skin I'm In, photographed by Desmond Muckian; Liar Liar by George Bamford; Face It by Don & Bronson; a shopping feature about Pokit and Kokon to Zai; and The Spy by Tamer Wilde.
In the Architecture section the commentary traces the Glitter & Doom theme through modern architecture, Kevin Flanagan writes about the Church of San Carlino at the Four Fountains in Rome under the title "Space in Time", and Kirian Hacker considers perspective.
Issue 2 of Wound Magazine is due out in early 2008.