Vol. 12 (2024)

The 2024 print issue plays with concepts of collaboration. For the first time in Tab Journal’s twelve years, the Creative Director has paired with another designer, Jessica Oddi, to create the visual language of this print issue. The bold visual backgrounds demonstrate a painterly process of two artists in the same space mark-making on one canvas together.  

These visual elements become front and back partners of each poster–sheet–page. The conversations between this design and the poems themselves (text and voice) amplify the definition that this printed issue is at once a singular object and two interdependent parts, like a door hinge or a pair of pliers. One component cannot operate without the other. Pairs are categorized as twos or duos of parts, people, or ideas, but pairing carries the complexity of layers. The pairing of wine and cheese embodies two objects with their own distinct processes, standards for quality, time for aging, textures, and experience of taste. In medicine, theragnostic refers to the pairing of diagnostic biomarkers with therapeutic agents to provide treatment matched to an individual. In a kinematic pair, each of two physical objects imposes constraints on the movement of the other. Pairing risks the mismatch, invites the unintended connection, and suggests what is left out by quantitive limits. The goal for this issue is partnership, conversation, and celebration of the depth and complications of useful pairings.

Paul Brooke: Grotto of Neutrinos

Grotto of Neutrinos by Paul Brooke
Grotto of Neutrinos Morse Code by Paul Brooke

Yan An, translated by Chen Du and Xisheng Chen: Tenebrosity

Tenebrosity by Yan An Yan An translated by Chen Du and Xisheng Chen

Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach: I always want to leave you at night 

I always want to leave you at night by Julia Dasbach

Xander Gershberg: Registry [Train to Krakow], Registry [Willi Tannenbaum] and Registry [Travels] 

Registry [Train to Krakow] by Xander Gershberg
Registry [Willi Tannenbaum] by Xander Gershberg
Registry [Travels] by Xander Gershberg

Anton Lushankin: Innuendo

Innuendo by Anton Lushankin

Katie Manning: Dear Shadow    

Dear Shadow by Katie Manning

Adesiyan Oluwapelumi: Fractals

Fractals by Adesiyan Oluwapelumi

T.W. Sia: You will never lose family

You will never lose family by T.W. Sia