VORTICE was born in January 96 while
on a lonely holiday in Buenos Aires, when the citys daily speed slows down and the
meditative thinking starts flowing. Thats how the idea of sending some writings to
fellow artist friends began. These were originally introduced as typewritten letters.
There were five writings: one from J. Kosuth, another one from Uruguayan painter Torres
García, a Rainer M. Rilke letter, a review by Robert Hughes and one last writing done by
me named Paideuma. They were all illustrated with three images: two engravings, and a digitalized drawing I created via a friends computer.
Given its format, it was quite difficult getting the right envelopes to put them in, so I
had to use big ones. I then designed a logo to be printed on the cover and on
the envelopes as a xylography. I sent out the stuff and, some time later, I got a few
As I was finishing the second issue, the
project was already getting shape. The format, due to convenience and economical reasons,
changed to a postal size; more images were added; there was a blank centerpage, where the
readers could publish their own writings or artworks. Thus, I could start arranging the
next issue by using the materials I was already reveiving. The magazines mailing
extended to 60 artists.
During the first year of the project I worked
in the house of my old-time friend "Chino" González who, with great patience
and dedication, taught me the first steps with his Macintosh computer. After much invested
time, I finally learnt to manage the programs for designing the publication and also
setting a database. By the end of 1996, I submitted the project to the National Arts
Fund and was given a credit to buy a PC, and eventually to work at home.
Issue # 3, from June 96, had a millboard
cover. Received artworks were featured as writings illustrations.
On issue # 4, published in August 96,
the stamp request to pay for the shipping charges, not obligatory, was announced. In
October that year, I again submitted the project to the National Arts Fund summoning
a subsidy, then to be refused.
From issue # 8 (April 97) onwards,
artists original artworks were added and featured on the cover and on the
centerpage, and the magazine was slowly turning into an artists book.
All through 1996 the publication was released
bimonthly; the working schedule comprised 45 days to receive the materials, and 15
remaining days for the magazines general edition (image scanning, design, printing,
assembling and sending) From 1997, due to reasons of time and price, it begins being
published every three months, as the seasons of the year take place.
The magazines distribution varies
between 250-300 issues, thus reaching a 40% of Argentine mailartists and a 60% of