New print magazine, designed and published in Richland, launches

Dori O'Neal, Tri-City HeraldJune 6, 2014 

Null Set Magazine


A new print magazine designed and published in Richland called Null Set will give a whole new meaning to the art world, its publisher hopes.

Peter Christenson, assistant professor of fine arts at WSU Tri-Cities, said the magazine gives people a platform to express themselves creatively.

He calls it a sort of hybrid book for interventionists.

"Interventionist art is a type of art making that seeks to engage the public and often exposes or educates or influences the public," he said. "Interventionist art is not curated or commissioned and it is often subversive, rooted in the Dadaist movement of the early 20th century."

The magazine will feature photography as well as the written word in art form, with submissions by local artists. Tri-City residents Alissa Petersen, Olga Kutnyakova and Thomas Holland helped design it.

A release party is scheduled for 7 p.m. tonight at the Paper Street Alehouse in downtown Kennewick. Admission is free.

The magazine provides an opportunity for the public to engage in a broader art discourse and to collaborate, intervene and actively contribute to the regional culture, he said.

"Artists are a marginalized group in the Tri-Cities," he said. "There's limited funding for artists, no major art museums, very few galleries, very limited art criticism and writing. Null Set seeks to intervene and address those issues by fostering a place for the creative class to connect and pump art and culture into our region. Most significantly, to force the community to take notice that there is a real need and desire for the arts here, and that art and creative expression are indeed valuable and integral to our identity and story."

Christenson hopes to publish the magazine quarterly at a cost of $12.

Those attending the release party can get a copy for $10.

Outlets to buy the magazine have not been determined yet. Copies can be purchased online at www.nullset after the release party.

Christenson chose to publish an actual slick-covered magazine instead of an online version for good reason.

"The decision to print the magazine as opposed to throwing it up on the web is almost like asking me why any artists would make anything tangible at all these days," he said. "Very simply, this project's objectives required the investment in and production of a physical art object. Null Set is not a blog. Each magazine is part of a very limited-edition run, a collector's item. There's symbolic and economic value in this process and publication that just wouldn't translate via the good ol' Internet.

"The voices in the magazine are of value and we want the object to adequately represent this value," he said.

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