A complete run in four issues (26, 22, 26, 22 pp.) plus "Calendar 1981, a By-Product of Smegma The Magazine" of the influential and irreverant underground art magazine, directed by "Torridzone Igloo" (Alexander Hirka) and "Scarlatina Lust", devoted to recent developments in the New York avant garde art scene including Mail Art, Stamp Art, photography, collage, Xerox Art, etc., with contributions by dozens of artists, profusely illustrated throughout each issue with Xerox montage images, photographs, drawings, and cartoons. Issue no. 3 includes Cavelini 1914-2014 sticker and Smegatronics flexidisc, issue no. 4 with rubber-stamped Bible page. 4to., calendar tall 4to. Illus. self-wrpps., calendar ring-bound. New York 1978-1981.
The ephemeral serial is rare and includes contributions from Buster Cleveland, John Evans, E.F.Higgins III, Ray Johnson, G. A. Cavellini, Tuli Kupfergerg, Lance Loud and a host of others. The audio-montage flexidisc included with issue no. 4, titled "Hot Dog, You Bet!", was cited as a favorite by Lester Bangs in the November 1980 "Village Voice Pazz & Jop" survey. Wildly anarchic in layout, design and editorial vision, SMEGMA pre-figured the photocopy montage aesthetics of later punk fanzines and explicitly acknowledged its own historical antecedents in Dada and Futurism. It offers a fascinating window into an overlooked avant-garde movement of lower Manhattan in the late-70s-early-80s with clear links to the international correspondence art movement of the same period. Book ID: 42897