Eva Weinmayr presents a collection of newsstand posters − capitalized handwritten legends that condense complex realities into three or four-line news splashes. Charged with meaning, these headlines give no information; rather they are teasers with no context, telling more about what could happen than what really has happened. Weinmayr has arranged these legends in alphabetical sequence which isolated from the context of the newsstand and the header and footer of the mastheads, now operate both as a narrative, suggesting what might have happened, and poetically − once signs for news, now soul ballads (BITTER BROWN ATTACKS BLAIR), popular romance (ROCK STAR SPLITS FROM YOUNG LOVER), cautionary children’s stories (KIDS FIND CHOPPED UP BODY IN CANAL), science fiction (ASTEROIDS ON EARTH COLLISION COURSE), or absurdities (SUITCASE BODY IS MISSING WOMAN).
Drawn to the bills of the London Evening Standard, whose handwritten immediacy reinforces the alluring language of the legends, Eva Weinmayr’s collection of the posters is part of an ongoing project, that has involved exploring the production of the bills and meeting the bill-writer, and has inspired performances and readings, as well as this short Chap book.
Out of print.