Yuck 'n Yum Cover Artist in Residence, 2013
Text written by Ben Robinson, Yuck 'n Yum Collective
The cover artist for 2013, and for what was to be the final four issues of Yuck ‘n Yum, was the London-based mixed media artist, Cos Ahmet. The four covers created by Cos were all collaged treatments of the figure, each cut up and manipulated in a variety of media, each disarming and all ravishingly beautiful.
Consistent throughout these covers was a treatment of the body as raw material to be built upon and rearranged into new configurations every time, a process described by Cos as “mending and re-imagining the unknown through figure/form/self.” Whether the body was scrambled into geometric abstraction, as on the Spring 2013 cover, or dissolved into multiple identities in the amorphous cluster of Winter 2013, the covers all seemed to communicate a desire to overcome separation and communicate across obstructions.
For anyone with even a glancing familiarity with his practice, the 4 covers had a strong consistency that made each one instantly recognisable as a Cos Ahmet artwork. He described his task to me as follows: “It seemed obvious to me that I had to be treat this like a ‘collection’ of zines, presented with a visual continuity, albeit with subtle variation. A thread of thought running through each cover creating a cohesive link.”
Also present in these cover images was an intriguing use of materials. Each one seemed variously made up of photographs, computer graphics or fragments of sculpture: “Each cover varied, but had an ‘ever-presence’ of the appropriated or found image, printed and collaged assembled papers, with one issue adorning a hand woven textile treatment, worn like a mask.” This variety of textures, when applied to Cos’s fixation on the human form, resulted in a ‘box set’ of covers in a state of perpetual visual flux.
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