ART: YO!Ville YO!Fest from Duke Press

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New from fledgling publishing house Duke Press (whose introductory series specializes in small, hand-made booklets and “magazines” from international artists and designers) is “YO!Ville YO!Fest.”

The teaser paragraph describes “Yo!Ville” as a “town in South Bygone” that had a “population of 100 at the last great census,” complete with an “Ivory Tower, a skate shop, and a Turkish restaurant /hairdresser’s.” We’re not totally sure what that means, but at least it’s cool to look at.

“YO!Ville YO!Fest” is a vibrant collection of visuals that evokes an alien hybrid of Mesoamerican art and video game graphics (think: Nintendo/ Golden Axe meets Tenochtitlan). Each of the magazine’s pages presents a lively and often dizzying array of shapes and colors in both simple figures and meticulously detailed scenes, all flanked with repeating patterns and borders.

Each one of the 100 for sale in the collection has a hand-stitched spine, adding to the old-world quality of the magazine. The pulsating, rhythmic feel of the design brings it to life, offering a journey to an imaginary civilization, or to the frenetic acid-induced doodling in a child’s coloring book. Either way, it’s a trip.

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