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By RJ Rushmore
The Writing on the Wall
Graffiti expands its voice and reach at CW Post
Author: Drew Moss
... The culturally conscious works of Adam VOID and EKG speak directly to the unrest that pervades our city, our country, our world. Both artists dig in with a sense of anger, irreverence and disillusionment, and both evoke the pre-hip hop literacy of Jean-Michel Basquiat and in some sense, the sardonic toughness of rappers Nas and Mos Def. VOID’s depiction of New York City entitled “New York is Nothing” turns The New York Times in on itself and reads like a subway map to disenchantment. At the end of the line he warns us to “Abandon Ship!” because this apple, in his view, is rotting.
Adam VOID, “History of the World.”
EKG’s “Voice of Dissent” also recalls Basquiat’s fractured, postmodernist, Post-It sensibility, hacking out notes of desperation and angst. His scratch-off scrawl on murals depicts a world of minimalist sci-fi that gives life to the blips and squeaks of a short-circuited collective consciousness. When he writes across his mural, “heartbeat of the city, pulse of the populace, voice of dissent,” we see that voice manifest in deep-red chicken scratch. It is urgent, brimming with dark humor and threatens to overflow into violence. It all somehow reeks of legitimacy. The casual consensus is that graffiti is unsophisticated vandalism—an outgrowth of misguided anger and boredom. In pulling these divergent artists together on various fronts, Seslow’s curation brings graffiti, and the artists who create it, out of the shadows and into the light. “I love to bring awareness to each person’s creative potential,” said Seslow. “Self-expression is our birthright. We all have it, and I believe it’s part of our life’s mission to find it and engage it.” -
Curator and artist Ryan Seslow has pulled off an overview of art on the streets and the practices employed, minus the drama. So much discussion of graffiti, Street Art, and public art practice can concentrate on lore and turf war, intersections with illegality, the nature of the “scene”, shades of xenophobia and class structures; all crucial for one’s understanding from a sociological/anthropological perspective.
“Concrete to Data”, opening this week at the Steinberg Museum of Art on Long Island, gives more of the spotlight to the historical methods and media that are used to disseminate a message, attempting to forecast about future ways of communicating that may effectively bridge the gap between the physical and the virtual.
Seslow has assembled an impressive cross section of artists, practitioners, photographers, academics, theorists, and street culture observers over a five-decade span. Rather than overreaching to exhaustion, it can give a representative overview of how each are adding to this conversation, quickly presenting this genre’s complexity by primarily discussing its methods alone.
Here is a sneak peek of the the concrete (now transmitted digitally); a few of the pieces for the group exhibition that have gone up in the last week in the museum as the show is being installed.
John Fekner. Detail of his stencils in place and ready to be sprayed on. Concrete To Data. Steinberg Museum of Art. LIU (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Henry Chalfant. Detail. Concrete To Data. Steinberg Museum of Art. LIU (photo © Jaime Rojo)
If you are in the SF area, come out to Book and Job Gallery this weekend to see Let's Get Xeroxing from Michael Jang & The Photocopy Club. It features two 18" x 24" xerox prints of Adam's Fuji Instax 210 Instant Photography, as well as copies of the In Case Of... mini-zine from Sarz TKG & Adam Void.
We are proud to support Visual Aids for the Fifth year in a row. Come down and find a new styrofoam block print from Adam Void, along with work from many great artists.
Known within the art world as the most exciting and affordable way to add to a collection, Postcards From the Edge offers a unique opportunity for buyers to acquire original, postcard-sized artwork for less than a round of cocktails. Each artist only signs the back of the work, and their name is revealed after purchased. With the playing field leveled, all participants can take home a piece by an internationally famous artist, or someone new to the art scene. Either way everyone adds a new treasure to their collection, while feeling good about supporting an important cause.
• Saturday January 31, 2015 from 10am - 6pm
• Sunday February 1, 2015 from 12pm to 4pm
- Luhring Augustine
- 531 W. 24th Street
- New York
JEFFERSON MAYDAY MAYDAY
rare USA performance by Australian resident
releases on Space Idea Tapes & Hot Releases
spacesuit filling up with water
plus maybe Cactus ???
Very excited that Adam Void was included in this year's Scumbags and Superstars Holiday Group Show. Check out the website if you are not familiar with the freak-out artist apparel shop.
Artists include, Chip7, Erik Jacobus, Gunsho, Amanda Wong, Keith Kaves, Justin Angelo, Dark Clouds, Droid, Abandoned Fetus, Napkin Killer, Ben Lande, ScareCrowOven, Don Pablo Pedro, Chris RWK, Remi Gil, Conrad Carlson, Wizard Skull, Raz, Corpse Collision, Baghead, Kaput, Wolftits, Smurfo, Adam Void, and Jah Jah.
16 Wilson Avenue
On December 5th ABC No Rio will reprise its Clothesline Benefit Art Sale.
As in years past, all work will be presented on clotheslines strung through No Rio's gallery space, and will be unframed, two-dimensional work no larger than 11" X 17".
Affordable works on paper $25 - $50. Proceeds benefit the ABC No Rio Building Fund.
If you are in Brooklyn this weekend, go out to 17 Frost St. to see Another Group Show. But don't let the name fool you, this is not just another group show. Cassius Fouler's 99 Beers on the Wall will be on display along with works curated by Cassius Fouler and EKG Labs.
Art from Skewville, Darkclouds, Nohj Coley, Trap IF, Amanda Wong, Charlie Ahearn, Giles Thompson, Fresh Paint NYC, Gabriel Specter, Sweet Tooth, Aakash Nihalani, James Wrona, Stikman, Andrew Ohanesian, UFO 907, Droid 907, Judith Supine, EKG Labs, Luna Park, Adam Void, Don Pablo Pedro, Xavier Veal, Paul Insect, and Waylon Tait.
This Shit is Real. Be There.