You can always count on Canadian quarterly publishing venture, Editorial Magazine to bend the rules of art and photography content, with its sharp articles and commissioning wit. Its most recent issue, which editor-in-chief Claire Milbrath describes as the best yet, continues this flair and even includes dogs too.
“‘What’s been stopping you? Have you been doing it wrong? We use 0.1% of our entire brain, and the rest is owned by the NSA…’ The opening line of Logan Jackson’s bad make-up tutorial speaks to the motivation behind issue 17 of Editorial Magazine,” Claire tells It’s Nice That. “We want this issue to feel like an adventure for the brain.”
Therefore this issue teaches and encourages readers of the publication, a loyal fanbase that has resulted in each edition repeatedly selling out. “I hope readers will find parts of the issue educational, funny, emotional and neat,” says Claire. The variety of these hopes is reflected in the exciting assortment of features: “You can learn about the transgender orgasm experience in Estelle Davis’ essay Mind Your Own Jizz, the rock-gobbling planet Jupiter in Kate Howell’s Space Break and the future of femmebots in Taylore Scarabelli’s artificial intimacy essay.” Alongside editorial leaps, Editorial Magazine features explorative photography essays also. “Whitney Mallett gives us a photographic tour of shopping centres in Dubai, including the largest mall in the world and African-Canadian painter Sojourner Truth Parsons teaches us why Folk art is perfect.”
Editorial Magazine has thrived on spotting a gap on magazine shelves and nestling itself in comfortably with unusual content. “From the beginning we’ve wanted to depart from the idea that publishing platforms are all things already known,” explains Claire. As a result, this issue’s cover stars Aki, “a Japanese electrician in his government-issued uniform,” she says. “Aki is an anti-celebrity icon and Monika Mogi shot him along with a group of other Japanese construction workers in her fashion story for the issue.” Inside, the terrific Maya Fuhr and Chad Burton collaborate on Pretty Paws photographing Ginger a poodle. “It’s both beautiful and cheeky, mocking the notion of self-serious fashion editorials made only to sell products.” These features sit between interviews with visual artists including Alake Shilling, Sophie D’Ansembourg “a middle-aged woman who paints flowers from her imagination”, and Roscoe “one of my favourite erotic illustrators from the late 1990s whose bulging, airbrushed bodies are somehow akin to emerging artist Drake Carr’s rippling shirtless horse also features in the issue”.
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