by Chérmelle D. Edwards
Returning after a two-year hiatus, ANP Quarterly—founded and published by PM Tenore of lifestyle, surf and skate brand RVCA—releases its first issue of 2015, which also marks the publications’ 10-year anniversary. Beautifully wide layouts, full-color images and great page design make for an issue that embodies a totalitarian idea of culture through features, interviews and photo stories.
“The beauty of ANP is that its based in the arts, but art can be interpreted in many ways. We have always believed that the hot new thing is not necessarily the best thing. Yet, we always remember that there are lots of quality hot new things happening,” says Aaron Rose, filmmaker, art curator and ANP’s editor-in-chief.
With a small team behind the quarterly, they opted not to rush its creative process, thus the two-year gap to tell stories they was compelled to share. The result is a printed publication with the feel of a double-issue about people, places and cultural phenomena. “We plugged along adding and subtracting features until we felt that we had a combination of features and smaller stories that embodied the ANP Quarterly spirit which is the same philosophy as RVCA, ‘The Balance of Opposites, 00’” notes Rose.
Art directed by Casey Holland, the publication’s content comes from all over the world—there’s work from artist, filmmaker and music video director Khalil Joseph; minimalist painter and sculptor Matt Connors; and Deadbeat Club, a small outfit publishing house. Building on this juxtaposition of content, Rose adds, “We love running stories on Gibby Haynes from the Butthole Surfers next to Fiona Clark’s 1970s drag queen photos, next to the Laguna Beach surf/acid cult The Brotherhood of Eternal Love next to articles on wild new independent record labels like Dark Entries. It’s what makes creating this magazine such a trip!”
As readers flip through ANP’s large stapled pages, they’ll find a pull-out poster. Rose explains that it’s a collage of graphics that Barbara Stauffacher Solomon did for the programs at San Francisco MoMA in the 1960s. Touches like this make experiencing the physical property of this magazine that much more enjoyable. “We love culture. People will always appreciate the tangible object. At the end of the day it’s a human need to touch. We hope we can serve that need,’ concludes Rose.
ANP Quarterly is available now through select stockists nationwide.
Images courtesy of ANP Quarterly