Untapped Artists Uncovered Through Unemployed Mag
Hitting newsstands last week with a launch party filled with supporting faces from India Menuez and Tali Lennox, to Julia Restoin-Roitfield, Unemployed is the spanking new visual art-magazine. Founded by Cecile Winckler and Sophie Tabet, the mag is a large format work meant to stand as art itself, showcasing images shot or made by young creatives that shape our generation. Its largest accomplishment, besides beautifully representing New York’s unemployed class of artists, is that the magazine is totally ad-free. It’s art unfiltered, and laid bare with no commercials separating the pages. If you haven’t flipped through it yet, grab a bright yellow copy, and scroll down and take a look at what Unemployed’s founders have to say about their latest project, and how New York’s current unemployment dilemma uniquely affects their artists’ creative drives.
How did the two of you come together to form Unemployed?
It all started off as a joke. We always came together on projects and eventually committed to creating a platform to host this work, and celebrate the untapped talent of our generation.
Tell us about the first issue. What can we expect and what are some of your favorite stories?
The first issue is unbound and of large format. You won’t find a single word in the actual print – it has been designed to be enjoyed visually, putting the pages up on your walls or displayed as an object of art. There are some goodies found inside the magazine, notably some postcards and some awesome stickers. All the stories are our fave, they’re all different and resonate with each other in an absurd way. It’s unbound free expression of our generation.
Who did you approach to contribute and why?
This was a very natural process. Everyone involved is a friend of ours. The most exciting part in all of this is how many more brilliant friends we’re planning on working with!
Can you talk to us about your perspective on this employment issue many young creatives in New York face?
Unemployment is a very real thing, but there’s something unique about how it affected the creative class of our generation living in New York City. The combination of being absolutely desperate for a job and the unabashed relentlessness that is innate to all New Yorkers made for a very vibrant group of creatives. We weren’t going to give up our creative drive or freedom.
Are you both native New Yorkers? If not, how did you end up here and what about the city really holds you?
‘One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years.’ – Tom Wolfe.
Can you describe the process of finding visual art to publish? What are your standards when it comes to selecting pieces?
‘Standards’ may not be the right term. It’s really just about if it touches us.
You’ve chosen to produce a magazine that doesn’t have ads or any trace of excess media beyond the artwork. How do you feel about the ad-cluttered society we live in, where it’s rare to see anything that is ad-free?
Life has its imperatives. We were lucky enough to co-fund this first issue without the eyesores that are advertisements. When it comes to the print, we are hoping to create an eco-system of self-sustainability that would permit us to proceed in an ad-free manner.
Who are some of your favorite artists?
We don’t play favorites with our children…
The video titled Boom on Unemployed’s website that the two of you shot features tired, frustrated, and stressed out faces that just look over it, but as you keep watching you realize they’re sneezing. What made you want to capture this act, and can you elaborate more about the project?
We just thought it would be funny.
I noticed that the website has a horoscope section, which is fun. What made you decide to include one, is astrology something that’s important to Unemployed?
Of course! We’re a Leo and an Aquarius. And one of our good friends is an unemployed astrologist, so why not?
Head to Unemployed’s website for more art, videos, and your monthly horoscope