If you’ve never heard of Vagabond, NOTHING TO BE GAINED HERE, LESS THAN IDEAL ART AND IDEAS FOR A LESS THAN IDEAL WORLD, will give you a taste of this iconic artist. Vagabond is a New York-based filmmaker, artist, photographer, poet, writer, anarchist and idealist whose satirical and subversive artwork and sociopolitical commentary through poetry and prose have been featured for years on his blog, “Nothing To Be Gained Here“ (www.nothingtobegainedhere.wordpress.com ), a virtual space he created to present his less than ideal art and ideas for a less than ideal world. The book of the same name features his artwork, graphic design and photographs in the context of his essays, poems, personal narratives, and scripts with a sociopolitical and historical perspective.
Consider NOTHING TO BE GAINED HERE as a revolt against mainstream approaches to art and culture where Vagabond’s wholesale interrogation of modern society, politics, and consumer culture challenges the role of the artist in a stunning 8-1/2 x 11, 215 page book that’s almost autobiographical in nature, but also serves as a coffee table art book. Make no mistake; this is not a dull history book or dim-witted collection of mediocre art: NOTHING TO BE GAINED HERE was created to ignite, provoke and inspire. And contrary to the title’s cryptic warning, if you believe there’s something outside the binary and within the dialectic, then there’s something to be gained here for you.