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Vandalog looks at video art from street artists

RJ Rushmore at Vandalog has once again made a very astute and (from what I've seen) novel comparison between the cut-and-paste aesthetics of zine making and video art. Please read the article at the blog to get the full picture.

From mark-making to video art with Adam Void, ekg and Swampy

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Outdoor work by AVOID pi, ekg and Swampy

This month, Swampy and ekg both released quite unexpected video pieces on YouTube, and I happened see a relatively new piece by Adam Void aka AVOID pi for the first time (even though it was uploaded in June). What I find so interesting about these three artists making these videos is that all three come from a sort of alternative mark-making tradition that doesn’t fall neatly into street art, hip hop graffiti or that grey area in between street art and graffiti where artists paint logos instead of letters. Although Swampy, ekg and AVOID pi’s outdoor may at first glance appear to fit in with grey area, I think there’s something different about what these three are doing (as well as artists like DROID 907 or stikman) and what artists like Pez or ChrisRWKor members of the now-defunct Burning Candy crew do. There’s nothing wrong with Burning Candy or Pez or ChrisRWK, but this is different. With Swampy, AVOID pi and ekg, there’s a sense that they are drawing from a larger tradition of public mark-making like Situationist graffiti, zine culture, art theory and freight train monikers. And of course, all three have made zines.

These three new videos seem to have been influenced by zines rather than the endless stream of timelapse and interview videos that most street artists and graffiti writers either make themselves or contribute to. The rough cuts remind me of the collages in zines and if the videos were cut into a series of stills, they would seem right at home in a zine (or in ekg’s case, a flipbook/zine).

Even ekg’s video, the most “normal” of the bunch, is not your straight-up animation or timelapse. ekg’s video is a promotional video for his show at Pandemic Gallery (opening in about 1 hour) and a timelapse of sorts, but it still has a video art feel rather than the feel of a slick and perfectly produced promo video developed by someone in charge of PR for the show. And it fits somewhere between animation and timelapse, since it’s a timelapse of a massive artwork coming together, but it’s an animation in that the piece is never really in-progress in the way that a normal timelapse video clearly shows work “half-done” at some point. With ekg, the work is just progressing and each frame of the animation/timelapse could be considered a piece. The video is more an exploration of the format and an artwork than a promotional video for his show. Interestingly, Adam Void’s video has a similar shot to what ekg has done at about the 30-second mark.

Adam Void and Swampy’s videos are surprisingly similar: Both consisting of intentionally low-fi video-diary-like series of clips shot with handheld cameras. Yes, the videos show some graffiti, but they show a lot more than that too. These videos give context to the graffiti that the artists make. They give us a little bit more of a sense of their lives. It’s easy to say “Those guys write graffiti and make zines” and put them in a box, but videos like these complicate their perceived identities.

What is it about these artists that they have all turned to experimenting with video art after becoming known for a particular style of drawn, painted and printed work? Is it just a coincidence, or is there something about ekg, Swampy, Adam Void and possibly other artists doing similar things that draws them to video art? Are YouTube videos like these a logical transition from zines, graffiti or street art? I’m curious what people think. Let me know in the comments.

Photos by RJ Rushmore

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October 3-6th * Freedom Is Not For Sale * Emerge Art Fair * Washington, DC

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If you're in the DC / Baltimore Metro area, please come out to the Emerge Art Fair October 3-6 at the Capitol Skyline Hotel.

Adam Void & Chelsea Ragan will be debuting their new sculptural installation, "Freedom Is Not For Sale," an active installation exploring nomadic cultures, makeshift homesteads, and life "off the grid." This folk-art Wunderkammer highlights the beautiful struggle of life on the road by coupling handcrafted treasures with found oddities.

The work will be located beside the pool, so come through, enjoy the last warm days of 2013, and see a well-curated collection of the world's emerging artists and galleries.

Emerge Art Fair

Capitol Skyline Hotel
10 “I” Street, SW
Washington D.C., DC 20024
(Cross Street is S Capitol Street SE)

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Anarkitty #3 * Queer & Anarchist, Art & Writing Zine

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Big Thanks to Kieran Sage for including two pages of artwork from Adam Void in the new issue of Anarkitty.

Anarkitty is a DIY zine about Queer and Anarchist artwork, writings, and cats.

You can view a pdf of the new issue here, or buy a print copy here.

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August 30th * PrintOcracy * Asheville Bookworks * Asheville, NC

PrintOcracy
PrintOcracy, A Fresh Print Movement.
August 30 – Nov 30, 2013.

**Adam Void's print, "Mental Hygiene Warrant" was chosen by juror, Bill Fick, to remain on exhibit until November 30th. Please go by Asheville Bookworks to see the full exhibit of Mr. Fick's selections.

Asheville BookWorks is pleased to announce an inaugural event, PrintOcracy, conceived as a biennial printmaking exhibit featuring works on paper with emphasis on contemporary print culture. Prints including one or more of the following printmaking processes will be shown: all forms of relief printing including letterpress; screen printing; engraving; intaglio; lithography; and alternative print processes.

Adam Void will be showing three new hand painted screen prints along with other contemporary printmakers from around the country.

PrintOcracy Weekend opens Friday, August 30, reception 6 – 9 PM

PrintOcracy will feature juror, Bill Fick, a printmaker who lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He is the founder/director of Supergraphic, a new open to the public printmaking studio in Durham, North Carolina. He is also a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Art, Art History and Visual Studies at Duke University where he teaches drawing, comics and zines. His work has been exhibited from New York City to Seoul, South Korea and can be found in the collections of the Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, Massachusetts; The New York Public Library, New York, New York; and the Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University. In 1993 Fick was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artist Fellowship and in 1995 a North Carolina Arts Council Artist Fellowship. Fick is also co-author with Beth Grabowski of Printmaking: A Complete Guide to Materials and Processes published by Laurence King Publishing, London.

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August 1st * Videobomb Summer Saga * Fitness Center for Arts & Tactics * Brooklyn, NY

Thursday August 1st, Brooklyn's Fitness Center for Arts & Tactics will host the second installment of videos from the Videobomb collection.

This Summer's collection focuses on the central imagery of Water & Chaos.

Summer Saga Artists showing videos include: JACQUELINE CASTEL, GREEM JELLYFISH, JAMES MOORE, KAT SCHNEIDER, GILLURES SOUTHERN, ALEXANDRA VELASCO, VELVETEEN,  & ADAM VOID.

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Floodplain: Manmade by Adam Void

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July 4th * SPIT Fest III * Conundrum Music Hall * Columbia, SC

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Join us this July 4th (The NOISIEST Holiday of the Year) at Conundrum Music Hall in Columbia, SC for SPIT Fest 3.

Space Idea Tapes, an amazing DIY Noise / Experimental / Outsider tape label is putting together 30+ acts to play 15 minute sets of strange fruit.

If you find yourself in the armpit of the Dirty South, please come out to witness Adam Void and many other degenerates act a fool and break eardrums.

Conundrum Music Hall

626 Meeting St  West Columbia, SC 29169

(803) 250-1295


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Two recent murals in NY, Support the Welling Court Mural Project.

22d91ae8d68211e2bd0222000a9e514f_656925f38d75511e2882c22000a9e06a8_6First off, please visit AdHoc Art's Indiegogo page and support the Welling Court Mural Project. As you may or may not know, AdHoc was the first "Street Art" gallery in Bushwick many years before the hype and subsequent influx. They are also really good-hearted people who have found the perfect community to share this mural project with. If you are in Astoria, Queens, go visit the Welling Court community and see the art and the neighborhood first hand.

Secondly, Adam Void painted the masked mural in the courtyard of the new Silent Barn in Bushwick, BK. Having worked with the Silent Barn multiple times in their first location, it was a pleasure to see how much the space has evolved. With over 13 residents, multiple music show spaces, artist studios, a hair salon, a record store, an art supply store, and an awesome rent-a-night camper called "The Canned Ham", the new Silent Barn could be called the Silent Town.

Much love and thanks to all those amazingly hospitable people still left in the cold, cold city: Rami, Joe, Katie, Andrew, Alison, Garrison, Lukas, Charlie, Jaime, Steve, Royce, Kate, and so many more. THANK YOU.

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June 7 – July 15th * New Prints/Newsprints – Black Male/Blackmail * Firestorm * Asheville, NC

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Friday, June 7 – Sunday, June 30
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Location:Firestorm Café & Books, 48 Commerce St. Asheville, NC 28805ill host the political printmaking of two nationally exhibited, alternative artists. Chelsea Ragan & Adam Void are both MFA recipients from MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art) in addition to being Asheville residents and political activists. The prints exhibited this June at Firestorm, will comprise two separate bodies of work; Chelsea Ragan’s combination screen print / woodblock print / painting / drawings graphically detail police shootings of young black males from across the country, and Adam Void’s hand-painted screen prints state the facts of important national news stories that have been swept under the rug of mainstream corporate media.
Chelsea Ragan’s artmaking process begins with meticulous research of, in this case, 23 “unarmed black males killed by the cops.” Her frank and to-the-point description of the lives and deaths of the twenty-three individuals are made more personal with the inclusion of hand-drawn portraits and the unifying framework of the morning newspaper. Chelsea was born and raised in South Georgia, and concentrates her work on “the civil actions and racial oppression of yesterday and today.”
Adam Void is a fifteen-year veteran of the graffiti underground, a dedicated traveler and freight train hopper, and a political activist. His series, “Newsprints”, are made through a unique process of silk screening hand-painted graphics and removable vinyl lettering. The literary quality of this series is emphasized through the text heavy graphic design and choice of paper culled from antique books. Adam is originally from the Southern U.S., but has spent many years in New York as a seminal member of the Brooklyn Street Art movement, and concentrates his work on “the margins of society and bringing those realities to an audience that may not otherwise be able to see them.”
If you would like more information about this show, or would like to schedule an interview, please feel free to email vagrantspaceblog@gmail.com.
New Prints / Newsprints * Black Male / Blackmail
D.I.Y. Political Printmaking from Chelsea Ragan & Adam Void
Reception: Friday, June 7th 5-8pm
Open: Friday, June 7 th – Sunday, June 30th
Location: Firestorm Café & Books, 48 Commerce St. Asheville, NC 28805

New Print Black Male-Firestorm-June 7th graphicNew Print Black Male-Firestorm-June 7th info This Friday June 7, Firestorm Café & Books will host the political printmaking of two nationally exhibited, alternative artists. Chelsea Ragan & Adam Void are both MFA recipients from MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art) in addition to being Asheville residents and political activists. The prints exhibited this June at Firestorm, will comprise two separate bodies of work; Chelsea Ragan’s combination screen print / woodblock print / painting / drawings graphically detail police shootings of young black males from across the country, and Adam Void’s hand-painted screen prints state the facts of important national news stories that have been swept under the rug of mainstream corporate media.

Chelsea Ragan’s artmaking process begins with meticulous research of, in this case, 23 “unarmed black males killed by the cops.” Her frank and to-the-point description of the lives and deaths of the twenty-three individuals are made more personal with the inclusion of hand-drawn portraits and the unifying framework of the morning newspaper. Chelsea was born and raised in South Georgia, and concentrates her work on “the civil actions and racial oppression of yesterday and today.”

Adam Void is a fifteen-year veteran of the graffiti underground, a dedicated traveler and freight train hopper, and a political activist. His series, “Newsprints”, are made through a unique process of silk screening hand-painted graphics and removable vinyl lettering. The literary quality of this series is emphasized through the text heavy graphic design and choice of paper culled from antique books. Adam is originally from the Southern U.S., but has spent many years in New York as a seminal member of the Brooklyn Street Art movement, and concentrates his work on “the margins of society and bringing those realities to an audience that may not otherwise be able to see them.”

New Prints / Newsprints * Black Male / Blackmail

D.I.Y. Political Printmaking from Chelsea Ragan & Adam Void

Reception: Friday, June 7th 5-8pm

Open: Friday, June 7 th – Sunday, June 30th

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Adam Void on the Activist New York blog * Activist New York * Museum of the City of New York

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The Museum of the City of New York is currently showing Activist New York, an exhibition exploring the history of social activism in NYC.

As part of the show, MCNY has posted a blog documenting the current state of citizen activism in New York City. Images from the blog are then projected on the gallery walls in the Puffin Foundation Gallery as a part of Activist New York.

Adam Void's "Mental Hygeine," a three-color screen print depicting the NYPD's decision to hunt down and detain mentally ill New Yorkers, was chosen as a part of their contemporary activist documentation.

Check it out on their blog, or in person at the gallery.

Museum of the City of New York

1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street

New York, NY 10029

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June 7 – 28th * Western Art Agencies of North Carolina, Traveling Postcard Show * The ARTery * Asheville, NC

Asheville Area Arts Council

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From June 7th to 28th, the Asheville Area Arts Council Gallery will host the Western Arts Agencies of North Carolina (WAANC) Traveling Postcard exhibition.

The Traveling Postcard exhibition presents over 80 postcard-sized artworks created and donated by Western North Carolina artists, including 20 Buncombe County artists.

The intention of this exhibition is to increase public awareness of local artists, the role of the Asheville Area Arts Council plays in our community, and as a fundraiser for both WAANC and the Asheville Area Arts Council.

Featuring the work of Asheville artists: Wendy Whitson, Gayle Whalen, Valeria Watson-Doost, Tracey Schmidt, Lara Nguyen, Mark Flowers, Paul Moberg, Ryan Pratt, Joyce Thornburg, Jennifer Gordon, Holly de Saillan, Gary Whalen, Fleta Monaghan, Adam Void, Bet Kindley, Carly Greene, Cheryl Keefer, Christina Melton, Eli Corbin, Jason Rafferty, Linda Block, and Dennis Chew.

Opening Reception for the exhibit will take place on June 7, 2013 from 6:00 – 9:00pm.

346 Depot Street
Asheville, NC 28801

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