Brain Waves: New Zine & Print Collection

Kate Wadkins at Storefront Gallery.

Congratulations to R/V Web Editor Kate Wadkins for her recent opening of “Brain Waves” zine and print collection at Bushwick’s Storefront Gallery in Brooklyn.  As curator of the collection, Kate was featured in the Greenpoint Gazette last Thursday. Be sure to check out the article, “Riding the Brainwaves” by Jesse Sposato here.  Here is an excerpt:

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.

Given the nature of zine and small press culture, some of the editions have pretty small runs so they will be continually replaced, making the rotation process virtually effortless. “I think it’s going to be a pretty healthy turnover just because we already had a bunch of sales in the first week,” Wadkins said optimistically.

For now, the collection consists of mostly zines, but while they’re all considered “zines” technically, each one is wildly different from the next. Some are literary zines, and others, that have been printed via silkscreen or linoleum cuts, strongly resemble artist books. As well, they currently have several pieces up that fall into the “prints and other ephemera” section, a category they would like to eventually build up further. Lauren Denitzio’s “One Chapter in the Book” is a full-sized print, and Aimee Lusty has silk-screened “Beach or Bust” totes.

Be sure to read the rest in the Greenpoint Gazette.

–Rosamund Hunter

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