Print’s not dead. And if our humble publication is to be taken as an example, print’s kinda like the J-Lo of the media landscape–as youthful and glowing as ever, still rockin’ that green Versace dress down the red carpet. (Admittedly, TJ Maxx is more our style, but you get the point!)
We made 12 issues of Void Magazine in 2019, a year in which we told many stories, profiled dozens of Northeast Floridians, published hundreds of neat photos, and threw some fun parties. We also put out an all-local music compilation on vinyl (our second), filmed/recorded a dozen or so Into the Void: Office Music Series videos (youtube.com/watchvoid), and asked artists to draw all over a blank cover our publication. Oh, and we celebrated a milestone: 100 issues of Void Mag!
Here’s a small sampling of the best stories that filled the Void in ’19.
Warm Rain and Electricity
Arts & Music Issue | October
A profile of artist Dustin Harewood on the eve of one of his most ambitious solo shows, yet. | By Daniel A. Brown
“Key to artist Dustin Harewood’s creative force is in utilizing his knowledge of both the gross and subtle emanations of design, harkening back to more esoteric truths of Fibonacci spirals and Black Elk’s ‘sacred circle’ vision rather than indoctrinated eye-pleasing placement. His visuals of choice can include signifiers and graphic shards that reflect back everything from Japanese courtesans to C-90 cassette tapes,” arts and music columnist Daniel A. Brown wrote of Harewood’s idiosyncratic work.
100th Issue | February
Void’s founding partners dish on how a site-specific surf report grew into a relevant, wide-reaching lifestyle publication.
On a sunny winter afternoon, the founding braintrust of Void Mag gathered at the place it all began–the Jacksonville Beach pier–to, like war vets, dish on their days in the trenches and how the mag came to be. The money line from Aaron Meisenheimer: “We realized, if we want this to really work, we have to go monthly, and we have to go all in.”
Exploring Murray Hill
Explore Issue | June
The coolest new old neighborhood in Jacksonville | By: Jack Twachtman
Bold Bites columnist, and Murray Hillian, Jack Twachtman explored just what has made this western hamlet the hippest neighborhood in Jax. From good eats, to cool watering holes, unique retail operations, and… eh hem… relatively affordable housing, Twachtman takes readers to both sides of Edgewood Ave. and beyond.
35 Under 35: Geexella
35 Under 35 Issue | May
Our crush on local artist-DJ-activist Geexella continued with this profile in our 35 Under 35 Issue. | By Daniel A. Brown
Those resistant to the progressive pull of changes in today’s vernacular need step aside from the word-flow of Geexella. The Springfield-based singer-rapper-educator and activist is all about the malleability of language; particularly toward how we address, and view, the African-American, multicultural, and LGBTQ communities.
Looks Like Teen Spirit
Do Good. | November
With help from local artists, new Citi Teen Center engages youth in new and innovative ways. | By Matthew Shaw
The Citi Teen Center Boys & Girls Club in Springfield is like no B&GC you’ve ever seen. With a print-making studio, barber shop, robotics laboratory, and more, the teen center is engaging youth in innovative ways. But it’s the work that artists like Nico Holderbaum and BG&C Area Director Wyatt Parlette have initiated, namely using local art and artists to bring more kids into the fold, that really makes the place pop. Take a tour with us.
Bitchin’ Breaks and Better Days
Explore Issue | June
Mourning the loss of surf spots of yore | By Darby Moore
We’ve heard it before: “It used to be so good here.” But, after talking to local surf legends like Mitch Kaufmann and Walter Coker, contributor Darby Moore found there are a few spots that used to provide great surf frequently, but now–if they break at all–are mere shadows of their former selves.
Rad Pad Icon: William Morgan (1930-2016)
Rad Pads | January
The life’s work of Florida Modernist architect longtime Jax resident William Morgan still stands tall | By Matthew Shaw
The Dunehouses in Atlantic Beach (pictured below) represent just one of the daring designs by famed Florida modernist Architect William Morgan. We looked at some of Morgan’s greatest hits.
A Spiritual Reckoning in the Lower Keys
Swim | April
Bound By Water Columnist Michael Adno on how fishing as eased his worried mind and even nurtured him through tough times. | By Michael Adno
“…this type of fishing was less about landing a fish and more about the pursuit; about the philosophical push within ourselves to challenge ourselves incessantly, endless, to unearth some subterranean part of ourselves,” wrote Adno in his typically eloquent–and personal–fashion. “Now, those words took on a whole significance as I wondered what would I find next, when I’d be faced with the next shot, and if it’d be any good.” We love Adno’s writing–as do the folks at the New York Times, Bitter Southerner, Surfer’s Journal, etc. so we certainly look forward to more words from our Gulf Coast comrade in 2020.