Portland, Ore. and Salt Lake City: Division Leap and Hierophant, 2015. Second printing. 8vo, 436 pp, trade paperback. Second printing, One of 250 copies. New from the publisher.
Division Leap, Hierophant and Greg Bennick are glad to announce the joint publication The Fifth Goal, which collects all 8 issues of Blake Donner's zine devoted to freight train graffiti, reprinting every page and cover in its entirety, along with texts by each of the contributors about freight train graffiti and Donner's life and work.
The Fifth Goal began as a zine devoted to spiritual questions within the framework of Krishna, with some graffiti shots, but by the time of the fourth issue the editor had abandoned the Krishna movement, and the zine became a spiritual exploration of freight train graffiti - especially the older traditions of hobo chalk drawing graffiti, a history which stretches back to the civil war. The final five issues, with their heightened cut-and-paste aesthetic, high contrast xeroxed photographs of boxcar walls and interviews with the artists of previous generations, juxtaposed with photographs of work by more recent artists working in the tradition such as Margaret Kilgallen and Barry McGee, make it one of the most beautiful zines of its era and an essential American graffiti document.
Blake died in 2005, and original copies of the zine are rare. This book was a communal effort put together by friends of Blake and by enthusiasts of the zine, who over the course of two years found each other in remarkable ways and slowly tracked down each of the original issues.
All profits from the book will be contributed to a scholarship in Blake's name.
The book was first released at Printed Matter's 2015 LA Art Book Fair, January 29-February 2 at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. Copies of the second printing will be part of our exhibition at Book & Room at the ICA in London May 22-24. Item #23134