Back Talk: A Conversation with Adam VoidJuxtapoz // Wednesday, 03 Aug 2011
A wisenheimer of the highest order, Adam Void says he "likes long walks on the beach, riding freight trains, and destroying the dominant paradigm." A rebel inquisitively looking for a cause, making art along the way, Mr. Void plumbs the murky depths between fine art, video, zines, graffiti, and Street Art with no apparent desire to align himself with any one of them as he decimates the distinctions and plumbs your discomfort. A chronic experimenter and remixer, we expect this unwieldy conglomeration of brainy cells to eventually explode into a fully formed electronic cataclysm of symbols, data, raw gestural markings and wordplay. ~ Steven P. Harrington and Jaime Rojo
1. One reason you make art:
This never-ending desire to be everywhere at once; to live beyond my lifetime.
2. The last good movie you saw:
“Cool Hand Luke” - destroys the system just for the fuck of it.
3. Something you’ve always wanted to do, but have yet to:
I'd like to ride the river for the summer, let the current pull me away.
4. Favorite country or city visited:
Mission: Wolf - a 200-acre wolf sanctuary located in the Wet Mountain Valley of Colorado
5. A few words that sum up your philosophy on life:
Freedom for all.
6. Something you want the world to know about you:
I was conceived on the Chattanooga Choo-Choo and born while my parents were on vacation.
7. Something that annoys or frustrates you about people:
Greed and inequity.
8. Something that concerns you:
Society's move away from the corporeal experience and toward the virtual simulation.
9. Artists you admire:
Colossus of Roads, Kid Anthrax, Jefferson Mayday Mayday, Marcel Duchamp
10. Favorite quote(s):
"A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush" - colloquialism
11. The first record or CD you ever bought? The last album you downloaded?
“Siamese Dream” - Smashing Pumpkins
“Past Present Future NOW” - 131 Fires
12. Something you do when you’re procrastinating?
Take a walk, catch some tags.
13. What is your most defining characteristic?
A respect for and knowledge of tradition, while taking every opportunity to deviate from it.
14. What is your greatest fear?
Dissolving into nothingness.
15. The moment you realized you were an ‘artist’:
The girls at daycare always loved my drawings of Wolverine.
16. Your greatest quality:
Thinking outside the box.
17. Something you wish you could change or alter about yourself:
I need more patience.
18. What is the biggest risk you’ve ever taken and was it worth it?
Moving to New York with nothing but a bike and $150. It was a struggle, but everything always works out.
19. Something you wish you had known five years ago:
That I would be accepted into Graduate School at MICA.
20. What do you hope to accomplish in the next five years of your life?
Find a balance between a relaxing home life, a career in the arts, and adventure on the road.
All photos © Jaime Rojo
You can see Adam Void’s work in the new group show, “Street Art Saved My Life: 39 New York Stories”
Curated by Steven P. Harrington and Jaime Rojo, founders of Brooklyn Street Art
In collaboration with ThinkSpace Gallery
Opens at C.A.V.E. Gallery, Friday August 12th 6-10pm
Runs until September 4th