Modern Matter 05
Stel•lar x Stella Tennant
Issue five is dedicated to all things stellar, a descriptor/homonym for cover star, Stella Tennant. Photographed by Mark Borthwick, she is something “like a star, as in brilliance.” Their first truly unisex issue. Issue five also features: Hans Ulrich Obrist in conversation with Tobias Rehberger about scale, the Bar Oppenheimer, and the elusive vodka stein. An exploration of the purpose of art in 2013 with Beatrix Ruf, Helen Marten, PaulMcCarthy, Wolfgang Tillmans and Jim Lambie. A retrospective of Ambit magazine with Dr. Martin Bax & Ronald Sandford on working with J.G. Ballard. Visual essays by Oscar Murillo & Enrico Boccioletti & Mark Leckey. A conversation with Dazed & Confused’s Jefferson Hack. The best of A/W 2013, from Lanvin, Celine, Prada, Raf Simons & Stella McCartney.
"The printed magazine is an art form which is often described as a dying medium; its continued existence has been a subject of media debate in the post-net age, and in art publishing (as in all of its genres) magazines have been forced to evolve. Modern Matter aims to solve this problem – the problem of why magazines still exist – by attempting to use the magazine space as a forum for truly bespoke art content, in a manner which is both tactile, and inventive.
Modern Matter's perspective – its central thesis – is treating the very presentation of the arts as an art-form in and of itself. From an experimental approach to design, to non-linear values in the field of editorial content, Modern Matter is a unisex publication which aims to examine exactly what can be achieved in the field of printed matter: ultimately, its approach is to use the physical page in the same way that a curator or a gallerist might use a gallery space."