'In A State of Perpetual Visual Flux'
Cos Ahmet '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 artist, Cos Ahmet. The four covers (Issues 21 - 24) 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 four 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 creates 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.

After a period of rest, 2018 saw the return of Yuck 'n Yum, and in May they published 'Compendium' of all their zines and projects from 2008 - 2013. The Compendium was launched simultaneously at Generator Projects in Dundee and at SOIL Gallery in Seattle, in conjunction with Yuck 'n Yum's exhibition 'Interregnum'. The Compendium contains over 600 pages and celebrates every zine ever published along with flyers, interviews, photography and assorted miscellany, showcasing its various cover artists and contributing artists from each issue.

For further details about Yuck 'n Yum and to purchase the Compendium, visit: yucknyum.org