Nice article on some of North Brooklyn’s indie art publishers. Of note: Brainwaves is a curated showcase of artist books, ‘zines, and prints at Storefront Gallery in Bushwick. Also really excited to learn about Booklyn, an artist-run, nonprofit that promotes artist books as an art form and educational resource. Both organizations have exhibitions opening this Friday. A great opportunity to check them out if you haven’t had the chance to before. (Photo by Hrag Vartanian via Hyper Allergic)
I thoroughly enjoyed Cynthia’s sweet and sincere ode to Doris zine. I never really thought about it like this, but I suppose Cindy Crabb is the first feminist zinester whose work I read was simultaneously political and personal, revering all the important stuff equally: life-changing long walks situated next to being a supportive partner; how to get out of abusive relationships and methods to combat depression nestled in with stories about drawing cartoons with her sister. It has certainly been important to myself and my loved ones. So, support it!
Here is something that is not an exaggeration: Cindy Crabb’s zine Doris has done more for me that any other zine on the planet for the last ten years. The words she’s strung together on death, assault, being a woman, being a woman in punk, politics, being a true and honest you, and so many other…
My art & illustration zine, Get It Together, will make it’s debut appearance in STOREFRONT’s print/zine collection, BRAIN WAVES tomorrow during the Hermine Ford opening. 6-9pm at 16 Wilson Ave. in Brooklyn. Check out STOREFRONT’s site for more info!
Thank you as always to the unstoppable Kate Wadkins for including me!
This Brain Waves is a collection of zines, artist books, prints, and other ephemera that continues STOREFRONT’s mission to further the creative work of emerging local artists and writers, curated by Kate Wadkins.
The actual brain-related brainwaves refer to electric activity:
Electroencephalography (EEG) is the recording of electrical activity along the scalp produced by the firing of neurons within the brain. In clinical contexts, EEG refers to the recording of the brain’s spontaneous electrical activity over a short period of time, usually 20–40 minutes, as recorded from multiple electrodes placed on the scalp.
Kate Wadkins, Storefront gallery manager and now Brain Waves curator, has been involved in zine culture since she was a teenager, and she continued to celebrate this pastime last Friday, January 28 with the opening of Brain Waves, Storefront’s zine and print collection. Storefront, which just celebrated its one-year-anniversary, was a triple threat on Friday. In conjunction with the Brain Waves opening, there was also Mary Judge’s solo show, Pop-Oculus that took place in the front room, and Wavelength, a group show in the back featuring works by Judith Braun, Maureen McQuillan and Susanna Starr. “[Wavelength] was kind of part of the impetus of having Brain Waves open at the same time. We just thought it was too much of a coincidence to have Wavelength and Brain Waves [open simultaneously],” Wadkins said.
Wadkins, along with Storefront founders and directors Jason Andrew and Deborah Brown, is using Brain Waves as yet another platform for artists within the space. “It [is] a really good opportunity for me to be able to tap into all the things that I [see] going on and give people just one other way to get their work out there,” Wadkins said. The collection is going to be rotating and the goal, as of now, is to have a new zine every month with a corresponding opening.