Adam Void

United States

Graffiti, Photography, Painting

Adam Void
United States
October 9, 2019
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Adam Void sees the world above; the people with their minds stuck in “smart” phones, struggling for a distraction from a meaningless job and an ever-increasing tension. His art practice is both a reaction to these negative aspects of contemporary culture, as well as an attraction to an alternative.

Adam Void - Knife Cuts, 2019
Adam Void – Knife Cuts, 2019

Developing his work inside a hand-built studio located deep in the mountains of Southern Appalachia, Adam Void’s practice revolves around the analog experience, the ethics of punk / Do-It-Yourself culture, and the concept of the “outsider”. The daily meditations of chopping firewood, lurking in train yards, and digging through piles of aged paper & kids drawings help center Void’s thoughts, leaving space for his creations. His art output can vary across media including fanzines, cassette tapes, styrofoam printmaking, instant photography, bricolage constructions, and crude paintings on freight trains & underground tunnels.

Adam Void - Prison Messenger, 2018
Adam Void – Prison Messenger, 2018

Adam Void’s work extends beyond the isolated experience, extending into alternative education, independent publishing, and writing/public speaking. Adam is the co-founder of the experimental summer school, School of the Alternative, located on the original campus of Black Mountain College. The school has helped establish an international community of emerging and established artists & thinkers brought together by a common desire to re-connect.

Adam Void - Hillbilly Elegy, 2018
Adam Void – Hillbilly Elegy, 2018

He is also the co-founder of the graffiti/outsider zine distro, Cut in the Fence, which promotes limited edition multiples from hard to find folks. Adam can be seen as “Amoeba”, a lead character in the rural graffiti epic, magical-realist short film, Wastedland 2, from writer & director Andrew H. Shirley. The film has extensively toured North America’s underground art and music venues along with full installations from the artists.

Adam Void - Staring into the Mirror, 2019
Adam Void – Staring into the Mirror, 2019

Ultimately, Adam Void is an original, following the ever-winding road that an artist must travel. His pursuit of genuine experience, self-expression, and a balanced life places him outside of the current and into a place that fosters a unique artist’s voice.

Featured image: Adam Void – portrait. Photo credits Andrew H. Shirley
All images and text courtesy of the artist

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2019Tag: Name Writing in Public SpaceCity Leaks, AZE Atelierzentrum Ehrenfeld, Koln DEGroup
2019Unlock Book FairHuttenstrasse Railway Arches, Koln DEGroup
2019Scout: A More Perfect UnionThompson Giroux Gallery, Chatham NYGroup
2019Forest for the TreesSchool of the Alternative, Black Mountain NCGroup
2019Wastedland 2: CDMXMateria Lab, Mexico City MXGroup
2018DirtHarvest Records, West Asheville NCSolo
2018Anonymous DrawingsGalerie im Kornerpark, Berlin DEGroup
2018Zineophile: Curated by Oscar ArriolaSAIC's Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection, Chicago ILGroup
2018J Book ShowLewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork IEGroup
2018Inspiration Into ActionHamiltonian Gallery, Washington DCGroup
2017BukvobludiyeDK Delai Kulturu, Moscow RUGroup
2017North American Railroad ShowcaseExRotaprint, Berlin DEGroup
2017Wastedland 2: LASuperchief Gallery, Los Angeles CAGroup
2017ALL BIG LETTERS: curated by RJ RushmoreCantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Haverford PAGroup
2017From These Mountains: Black Mountain School, 2016Elbertson Fine Arts Center Galleries, Winston-Salem NCGroup
2016Ad Hoc Art's 10 Year Anniversary17 Frost, Brooklyn NYGroup
2016Videobomb - AURA WorkshopFront/Space, Kansas City MOGroup
2016Wastedland 2: DetroitRecycle Here, Detroit MIGroup
2016Location Matters: Artist-Driven Environments for LearningWexner Center for the Arts, Columbus OHGroup
2015The Black ArtsOutlaw Arts, Manhattan NYGroup
2015Let's Get XeroxingBook and Job Gallery, San Francisco CAGroup
2015Concrete to DataThe Steinberg Museum of Art, Long Island NYGroup
2015Zines of the WorldDoomed Gallery, London UKGroup
2014Instant Photography: 2003-2014Castell Photography, Asheville NCSolo
2014A Nous York, Waz HereMaison Folie Wazemmes, Lille FRGroup
2014It Narratives: The Movement of Objects as InformationFranklin Street Works, Stamford CTGroup
2014The Ides of SummerMighty Tanaka, Brooklyn NYGroup
2013The CrossroadsPUSH, Asheville NCSolo
2013Freedom Is Not For SaleEmerge Art Fair, Washington DCGroup
2013Activist New YorkMuseum of the City of New York, Manhattan NYGroup
2013Create This RevolutionG101 Gallery 101, Ottawa ON CANGroup
2012An American DreamMICA Decker Gallery, Baltimore MDSolo
2012No Dead Artists 16Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans LAGroup
2012Brooklyn Shelf LifeBrooklyn Academy of Music, BAMart: Public, Brooklyn NYGroup
2012Fountain Art Fair69th Regiment Armory, Manhattan NYGroup
2011Mighty Tanaka Presents: Contemporary AbstractionspowerHouse Arena, Brooklyn NYGroup
2011Street Art Saved My LifeC.A.V.E. Gallery, Venice Beach CAGroup
2011PANTHEON: A History of Art From The Streets of NYCDonnell Library 53rd St., Manhattan NYGroup
2010Street Art New YorkFactory Fresh, Brooklyn NYGroup
2010Babel CodeMighty Tanaka, Brooklyn NYGroup
2009Organic GeometricSilent Barn, Brooklyn NYSolo
2009Ad Hoc Art Presents: From the Streets of BrooklynThinkspace, Los Angeles CAGroup
2008Ebonza SungondoraSpace 1026, Philadelphia PAGroup
2008Seven Eight Vending Ed.2English Kills Gallery, Brooklyn NYGroup
2007Everything At OnceAKA Potion, Brooklyn NYSolo
2007Ten Year RetrospectiveSpace 1026, Philadelphia PAGroup