On April 4 & 5, Adam J. Kurtz of NYC joins Designers talking as the second visiting designer in the series. LVL3 of Chicago recently published an interview with the artist and designer, which you can read here. Enjoy!
If anyone is a current high school or college student and wants to have a table at the Brooklyn Zine Fest, they still have some spots open for Sunday, April 27th! It’s a discounted rate and otherwise sold-out, so you’ll be in great company and meet a lot of awesome people.
Do you find the time to play any video games lately? I think you'd appreciate Guacamelee.
I don’t really play video games at all, but lately I’ve been playing a farming game called hay day which is really cute and addictive, the company is a client of ours so half of the office have farms now I love it
Do you consider yourself an introvert or extrovert?
actually a little of both, I think in general I am emotionally split and my friends would agree. I can be extremely outgoing, I will do ridiculous things in public for no reason. and then I will go home and not talk to anybody for a day and I go to the corner for something to eat and I forget how words work and the cashier just stares at me
you have a great overall vibe man and i hope life is kind to you
thank you! it’s a little bit curated of course but actually I just try to be super honest to the point of over sharing because I think in this post internet whatever phase it’s about real connections instead of #influence and brand engagement. of course it’s still also that.
it’s actually extremely hard being this self-aware you guys
how do you stay a positive/lighthearted/encouraging artist when things aren't going great
I don’t, I just try to keep that negativity to myself
I’m a real person so of course there are days when I feel like a ziploc bag full of warm milk dropped on a sidewalk slowly leaking out of my sweatpants, but you just gotta keep your chin up, make some stuff you like, or watch ten episodes of something on netflix until you feel better
a bunch of people on tumblr look to me as “an artist” and “inspiring” but that’s because we are trained to look at others. what I am trying to say is DONT LOOK AT ME because YOU ARE GONNA NOTICE THAT IM KIND OF SHITTY SOMETIMES TOO
hi adamjk! i hope you are having a great day. do you have a favorite artist or art genre?
:) I am having a good day! I’ve been in excruciating pain and wearing my old back brace all week and then today I had an epidural and now my spine doesn’t make me want to die anymore!! :)
I don’t know how to answer that question, I usually hate museums and it’s hard for me to focus in spaces like that. I think I digest art incorrectly. actually I think everything is art. I’m really into a lot of this super meta contemporary stuff that people are doing. I have friends who make amazing stuff and I’m just like “………..”
i will say that I went to Dia:beacon last spring and I had an amazing experience, also god is an amazing artist and I love all His work
I'm sorry if you've been asked this before but I thought you were married to a girl?
it’s a long story that makes sense if you know us, my friend sarah jean alexander and I both had siblings get married that summer and we thought it’d be funny so we went to the Baltimore city courthouse and did the paperwork and had a backyard wedding party with all our friends, then went on a “honeymoon” roadtrip.
I still wear my wedding band, but we didn’t mail back the signed form so the thing legally never happened.
This next submission from Adam JK, a designer and maker of short-run paper goods from Brooklyn, NY is another favorite. Adam runs an “internet gift shop" out of his small apartment and uses that limited space to inspire his tiny creations. Making clever trinkets with very personal themes, Adam encourages shoppers to stop for a second and smile… then wonder if he’s just crazy.