Adam Void

Rock Bottom Visits: Prettyboy Resevoir * Limited Edition Art Book * Now Available

cache_500_96_3_0_80_639A5394_webcache_500_96_3_0_80_639A5415_web Check out the new publication from Indie Art-Book publisher, Rock Bottom, "Rock Bottom Visits: Prettyboy Resevoir."

The beginning of an ongoing series, this publication explores one specific location from a variety of perspectives. 20 artists contribute their experience of Baltimore’s favourite swimming hole.

Contributions from: Colin Alexander, Emily Burtner, Danielle Criqui, Andrew Eargle, Nicholas Gottlund, Eric Helgas, Rivkah Khanin, Ace Isaac Kieffer, Rei Lem, Rachel Ad Lowing, Miranda Pfeiffer, Andrea Rossi, Ginevra Shay, Flannery Silva, Joe Skilton, Kyle Tata, Dylan Thadani, Adam Void, Bettina Yung, & Suzanna Zak.

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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

September 28th, 2013 | By re

AVOID pi, ekg and Swampy

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


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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Adam Void’s “Visions of Ghosts” & “LTD2″ * @ The 4th Annual Publications & Multiples Fair * D Center Baltimore, MD * March 9th, 10th


Open Space is pleased to announce the Fourth Annual Publications and Multiples Fair on March 9 and 10, 2013.
at D Center, 16 West North Avenue, Baltimore, MD, 21218
March 9 & 10, 12 PM – 6PM Saturday & Sunday

This annual event is a celebration and survey of artist publications, prints, and objects produced in multiple. This year's fair promises a wide variety of publications and objects by over 50 independent publishers, galleries and artists from Baltimore and abroad. The fair is free and open to the public.

Adam Void's new photography book, Visions of Ghosts, and the 2011 publication with DROID 907, Live the Dream / Learn to Die 2 will be available at the Dylan Thadani table. Go check it out !!!
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Videobomb 1 @ Signal Gallery, Brooklyn NY * Saturday, February 16

ViDeObOmB's renegade film project enters Signal gallery as it's host, living inside of it for a night.

A limited edition zine of participants works will be available to accompany the videos.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

8 - 11:00 PM

260 Johnson Ave. Brooklyn NY 11206

Featuring Video Work From:

ViDeObOmB 1 from velvet teenvelveteen on Vimeo.

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Maximum Rocknroll’s October isssue features two reviews of work from Adam Void.

mrr_353_cvr-300x390 Legendary (and still tapped into the punk underground) magazine, Maximum Rocknroll, featured two reviews of work from Adam Void in their October 2012 issue.

Sam Lefebvre reviewed the zine, Live the Dream Learn to Die #2, from Droid 907 and Avoid pi.

"This zine chronicles the tale of two travelers' train hopping, ridesharing, and walking up and down the West Coast. Each page contains Xeroxed and distorted pictures of graffiti and other sights along their path while gritty typewritten strips of words are sparsely strewn about the pages. The authors seem like experienced travelers. They explain illicit camping etiquette and the unusual dangers of their endeavors. The tone of the writing makes this zine most interesting. It's not elitist, glorifying nor stupid. Its matter of fact and terse which lends it a sense of grimy realism. Visually, the off-white pages, colored card stock cover and stapled inserts make it appealing as well."

Robert Collins reviewed the cassette tape, 131 Fires, from Adam Void aka Past Present Future Now.

"Childish, keyboard-driven elementary school art/punk/noise creations. Twenty minutes of madness that are a trying listen, even for those well versed in the world of schizophrenic sound. Lurches devoid of anything remotely resembling a steady tempo are punctuated with electronic blips and whirrs and general digital mindfukkery. I am presuming that these sounds are presented under the guise of "art" instead of music since they were created by street artist AVOID, but regardless of intent, the sounds are compelling."

Both the zine and the cassette tape are available online from Underground Editions.

Pick up a copy of the new issue at your local punk record shop or independent bookstore. If you can't find it near where you are, go online and they will send you a copy for less than five dollars.

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New York Art Book Fair 2012 * featuring Avoid pi / Droid 907 * Learn To Die / Live the Dream 2 * Reviews from Vandalog and Brooklyn Street Art

Printed Matter's New York Art Book Fair 2012 @ MOMA PS1 will feature the finest in graffiti zines, including LTD2 from Droid 907 & Avoid pi. Brooklyn Street Art and Vandalog both did amazing reviews. Click on their names for the links to the full articles.

Here are some clips from both.


Preview: Graff Zines Hit the NY Art Book Fair

September 27th, 2012 | By

(Left to Right) Droid and R2, Droid and Avoid, and NGC

Opening to the public this weekend, the New York Art Book Fair brings together the academic art history books with the grittiness of zines. This year, several graffiti zines have teamed up to display their wares at the Pantheon Books table. With zines from Baltimore’s NGC crew, 907, and Subway Art Blog, this weekend will be one that you need to fit into your tightly wound schedules (don’t forget it’s also Dumbo Arts Festival). Vandalog was lucky enough to be able to preview these zines before the public and the results were astounding. In the week since I have received these zines I have found myself flipping through them over and over, rereading passages and revisiting my favorite layouts.


The sick rollers and pieces seen in my recent Vandalog posts are echoed within the pages of NGC’s zine. A few of the spots I was lucky enough to see are document within their zine as well as several that remain unseen. An excellent pairing of inside jokes and montaged pages of tags and personal photographs, NGC gives you a taste of what it is like to be writers in Baltimore. Like Natty Bo, it’s cheap, awesome, and sure to show you a good time.

Droid and R2
Droid and R2

Being only familiar with the street work of 907, I didn’t know what to expect when opening the pages of their zine. The cover is decked with tags by some of the top writers on the East Coast, giving a hint that you are probably in for a read that is going to rock your brain. Droid and R2 have brought some of their favorite cudi spots together with some premium interviews. Between the eye catching pictures and a particularly moving narrative about loss, Droid and R2 have pieced the perfect pairing of opposites for this release.

Avoid and Droid
Avoid and Droid

In addition to his release with R2, Droid and Avoid will be showing their zine from last year, which features stories from their adventures riding freights across the country. In the urban jungle where pretty much everything gets you arrested, their tales of run-ins and writing trains is enough to make any New Yorker want to eject themselves from the city for a taste of the fun.

Cover (Courtesy of Subway Art Blog)

Last, but not least, Subway Art Blog has teamed up with the graffiti writer-based zines to prove to New York that, yes, there is in fact still art in the subways. Now in it’s second issue, Jowy Romano has focused this production on etches and scratchitti. By bringing together graffiti writers as well as enthusiasts, the New York zine table provides short reads for visitors of all tastes.

To pick up copies of these zines visit table A12 (Pantheon Projects). The New York Art Book Fair will be open to the public this weekend from:

Friday, September 28, 12–7 pm
Saturday, September 29, 11 am–9 pm
Sunday, September 30, 11 am–7 pm

All photos by Rhiannon Platt unless noted



People who are designing and creating independent zines and books are a really important part of the Street Art and graffiti D.I.Y. culture and PS1 in Long Island City is a vast feast of cool printed matter this weekend.  Starting today and running through Sunday, the Fair is presented by the esteemed establishment Printed Matter and if you don’t find stuff that engages you and blows your mind, it will be a surprise. One of the groups we highly recommend that you go and visit is the Pantheon Projects table (#12) where you’d find delicious hand crafted zines by Avoid, Droid, R2 and Carnage.

Illegal Trouble II by Droid and R2. B & W photos, poems, recipes and interviews with Fade AA and Skuzz. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

These little art books capture stuff on the street in a way that helps you organize and appreciate it – with wit and a street poet approach. They also can give advice occasionally, like the recipe we found for juicing cucumbers/pineapple and something else to  produce “donut water”. Feast your eyes on the dope  images and take in the authors’ notes and observations as they rack up serious road miles for the love of art and discovery. Here is a selection of images from spreads of these zines to give you an idea of what we’re talking about.

Illegal Trouble II by Droid and R2. B & W photos, poems, recipes and interviews with Fade AA and Skuzz. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Live The Dream Learn to Die II by Droid 907 and Avoid. A Road Trip with B & W photos, maps, inserts, guides and journals.  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Live The Dream Learn to Die II by Droid 907 and Avoid. A Road Trip with B & W photos, maps, inserts, guides and journals.  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Carnage. The stickers issue.  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Carnage. The stickers issue.  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Carnage. The doors issue.  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Carnage. The stickers issue.  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

For further information, schedules and transportation regarding this Art Fair click here.

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New York Art Book Fair @ PS1 * Avoid pi & Droid 907 * collabo zine * LTD 2 * Welcome to the Jungle *

Come to the Pantheon Projects table to see the new collabo-zine from Avoid and Droid * LTD 2 Welcome to the Jungle *
The zine chronicles their 2011 fright train journeys including the month-long trek up the west coast.
Produced by Underground Editions & Pantheon Projects *

At the New York Art Book Fair

Printed Matter, Inc. presents
September 30–October 2, 2011
Preview: Thursday, Sept. 29, 6–9 p.m.

Printed Matter presents the sixth annual NY Art Book Fair, from September 30 to October 2, 2011, at MoMA PS1, Long Island City, Queens. A preview will be held on the evening of Thursday, September 29th. Free and open to the public, and featuring more than 200 exhibitors, the NY Art Book Fair is the world's premier event for artists’ books, contemporary art catalogs and monographs, art periodicals, and artist zines. Exhibitors include international presses, booksellers, antiquarian dealers, artists and independent publishers from twenty-one countries.

Philip Aarons, Chair of the Board for Printed Matter, Inc., said: “The NY Art Book Fair remains the premier venue to find what’s new in art publishing. This year’s focus on artists’ photography books, and the addition of more than 60 zinesters in an outdoor tent, will make this year's edition of the Fair the best so far.”

16,500 people attended The NY Art Book Fair 2010, the last edition of this favorite meeting place for book collectors, dealers, artists, curators, independent publishers, and other art enthusiasts.

The NY Art Book Fair 2011 will include special projects, screenings, book signings, and performances, throughout the weekend. The Classroom—a curated series of artist-led workshops, readings, and discussions—and the fifth annual Contemporary Artists’ Books Conference—a dynamic, two-day symposium on emerging practices and debates within art-book culture—will engage visitors in lively conversation all weekend long.

The NY Art Book Fair is free and open to the public.

Preview: Thursday, September 29, 6 pm–9 pm
Friday, September 30, 11 am–7 pm
Saturday, October 1, 11 am–7 pm
Sunday, October 2, 11 am–7 pm

22-25 Jackson Avenue at 46th Avenue
Long Island City, NY (map)

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Saturday July 9 * CART @ Current Space * Baltimore MD -w- Artscape Action

Adam Void will have a new mini-zine "Lucky Number Dream Book 2011" available at the art-object sale @ gallery turned supermarket, Current Space's new show, CART. This show is happening during the fun festival known as Artscape.

Location: 421 N. Howard, Baltimore, MD 21201
Reception: July 9, 7-10pm
Curators: Michael Benevento, Monique Crabb and Andrew Liang

The average American makes two trips to buy groceries each week, making supermarkets, mini-marts, and corner stores essential and incredibly influential parts of our everyday lives. All items are bought and sold at these stores using money. Money is earned through labor, and labor comes in countless different packages, much like our food. Through our labor we are inspired and we are exploited. We progress and we are repressed. We survive.
Art is created through labor, but unlike some of the more negative forms labor takes, art stimulates our minds, challenges our imaginations, and expands our vision for the world. Art is at the center of humanity’s continuous evolution, but it remains extraordinarily undervalued by mainstream American society, which is almost solely focused on the seemingly endless cycle of labor and consumption. This limited view of life is slowly eliminating our ability to imagine, dream and think freely.

Through C A R T, Current Space is positing that art is not optional, but essential. It affects all of us internally, whether we are aware of it or not, and it should therefore be considered as fundamental to our daily lives as the products we purchase at grocery stores every week. Therefore, Current Space will be transformed into a fully functional mini-supermarket, complete with aisles, window displays, shopping baskets, and cash registers in an attempt to explore the exchange of artists’ labor for profit in a familiar, everyday setting.

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Adam Void / AVOID pi * mini-zines now available at Printed Matter and The Wooden Shoe

The 4.25"x5.5" mini-zines from Adam Void are now available at two new locations.
Printed Matter, NYC's #1 source for artist books and printed material, has posted reviews and online ordering for five different books. Each retails for $2 with all the profit benefiting Printed Matter. Click here for the link to check them out.

The Wooden Shoe in Philadelphia, an amazing anarchist bookstore, is selling collected packs of seven zines for $5 with all the profit benefiting The Wooden Shoe. Click here to check out the shoe.

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