Issue 004 is releasing tonight at Mast Books in New York City. Like previous releases, this will be limited to just 100 issues, but this time we are including an equally limited poster, which will also be available for purchase.
The title of Capitán’s zine is Freeway to Disappearance & Other Death Related Anxieties, and consists of photographs taken during the London-based artist’s last trip to the West Coast, and writings from the past two years.
Exploring existential crises and contemplations of life and death, the images and accompanying typeface art bring to mind notions of loneliness, isolation and quiet introspection.
“There are no images of people. Just empty landscapes mostly—it’s like an empty city,” says Capitán. “It’s called ‘Freeway to Disappearance’ because that’s what life is like on a road trip: death and disappearing.”
An empty, sinuous stretch of road in an area devoid of any plant life (the image featured on the poster) reinforces the theme of dying, moving on, and the transience of existence itself. A lonely motel with a vacancy sign nestled next to a desert mountain range sits next to text that reads: “Nobody knows what reality is about; everyone’s past experiences determine their own perception of an inevitably constructed present reality.”
Though the tone is darker than her more optimistic works for Gucci’s Fall/Winter 2017 collection, there is still plenty of Capitán’s trademark wit present. In examining the line between life and death, she also adds humorous aphorisms about Millennial histrionics—whether it’s wishing someone would call you back to being too “busy” to enjoy life itself. But most of all, what the zine serves as is a true reminder that the journey truly is as important as the destination.
Items will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Details are below.
Highsnobiety Presents: Coco Capitán – Freeway to Disappearance & Other Death Related Anxieties
Friday, February 2, 7:00 p.m. EST
66 Avenue A
New York, NY 10009
Find out more about Coco Capitán’s work by reading our interview with the artist.
- Product Photography: Thomas Welch