I DONT HAVE TO KNOW YOU TO WAVE TO YOU

Sergej Vutuc and Rich Jacobs
‘I don’t have to know you to wave to you’


GALLERY HVW8
Berlin
Art show & zine release
Opening: Thursday March 12th

Disjunct frames of empty lots, shadowed alleyways, black and white striations etched with
ectoplasmic writing fill the pages of a two week collaboration in Oakland between skate dada
Sergej Vutuc and “beautiful losers” progenitor Rich Jacobs who have jointly published the
zine “I don’t have to know you to wave to you.” The images are highly layered experimentations
with darkroom development, obfuscated glances, croppings of urban banality/decrepitude,
and confounding plays with double exposure which is made more complex by the materials
of presentation.
Sergej and Rich operate on a fundamental Zine mentality. Zines are not only the object
itself, but also the sociological processes and unifying ethoses that lead to its production. It
manifests from the reckless and autonomous spirit of DIY cultures–punks, skaters, anarchists.
It emerges from the ad-hoc, necessity of using the urban scrap at hand as way of putting
hammer to nail, board to pavement, thought to paper, and eventually, reformation. Most
centrally, zines are immediate and loose relationships between all of its collaborators, author
and viewer and its periphery. I don’t have to know you to wave to you.

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