Kate Wadkins


In New York City, Punk Is in the Air

by Kate Wadkins on February 9, 2016

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There was a week in high school when my mom begrudgingly let me stay out in New York City for almost three nights in a row.

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Monster In My Head

by Kate Wadkins on February 28, 2012

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Ever wondered what your childhood nightmares would look like if they met your adult nightmares? Well, take a peek at Monster, the latest installation of Providence, Rhode Island’s giant, horror-themed comic book.

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Artists and Their Ephemera

by Kate Wadkins on February 15, 2012

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Have you ever wondered why it’s so intriguing to explore an artist’s studio? Aside from their work, we get a glimpse into not only their artistic process but their valued possessions, inspirations and snippets of their lives. Input/Output pairs artists’ work with their personal collections. Exhibited at Booklyn, a small one-room gallery space in Brooklyn’s Greenpoint neighborhood, Input/Output feels intimate — actually less like a studio visit and more like a peek into the artists’ bedrooms.

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What Is an Artist Book, Really?

by Kate Wadkins on January 30, 2012

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Artists’ Book Not Artists’ Book, as the title suggests, is to explore the fine line between whether a book is an artists’ book or not. It all is more playful than that may sound.

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Queer Art Grows in Brooklyn

by Kate Wadkins on January 18, 2012

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Queer arts have been gaining momentum and paying healthy homage to history as they take root in Brooklyn. On the heels of an eventful December with World AIDS Day events throughout the city, Illegitimate And Herstorical opened at A.I.R. Gallery on January 5. Curated by Emily Roysdon (a collaborator with MEN and a founder of “feminist genderqueer” artist collective LTTR), Illegitimate And Herstorical is one of the strongest group shows culled from open-call submissions that I’ve seen of late.

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A Print-based Resistance Movement

by Kate Wadkins on December 21, 2011

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One of the most difficult things to evoke in an art show is a snapshot of a culture. On the other hand, when I write about zines, I find it difficult to separate the object itself from the ephemeral culture that surrounds it. In Samizdat: The Czech Art of Resistance, 1968-1989, curator Daniela Sneppova brings American viewers in to the heart of a print-based resistance.

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Politics and Art Meet on World AIDS Day

by Kate Wadkins on December 6, 2011

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In the New York zeitgeist, you can’t have art without politics — especially not lately. As we enter the holiday season, strikes and marches continue throughout the city. Local and global politics are stoking creativity’s flames, and art has been a necessary backbone to supporting the Occupy movement. Last week’s lineup of art shows around the city made this marriage very clear, with the closing of MIXploratorium and the opening of War Is Trauma at Booklyn.

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Zine Grab Bag: From Race to NY Pizza

by Kate Wadkins on November 29, 2011

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Zines — the independent publications Xeroxed most often by their authors and distributed by small, independent DIY networks — are known for their broad spectrum of topics. They can be about anything and everything, and my 24 hours totally attested to this.

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Occupied With My Thoughts

by Kate Wadkins on November 22, 2011

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Last Tuesday I made plans with a friend to visit Bluestockings, the bookstore on Allen Street in Manhattan, for the opening of OCCUPIED: Occupy Wall Street Art Show, featuring “Art and Culture from and for the 99%.”

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Printing Is for Punks

by Kate Wadkins on November 16, 2011

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Secret Project Robot hosted the 6th annual Prints Gone Wild fair November 4 and 5 in their new location in Bushwick.

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