This Spring, Spudnik Press Cooperative is hosting two Resident Artists who will each bring new resources, perspectives, and professional connections to our community. The Residency Program provides mid-career to established artists one to six weeks of full studio access and the support necessary for the production of new print-based artwork.
In an effort to bring about conversation and connections among our community and our Resident Artists, each Resident also develops a public program that correlates with and builds from their art practice.
Benjamin Merritt (Minneapolis, MN), February 10-29, 2020
Benjamin Merrit’s research intersects with the discussion of chronic illness. According to Merrit, chronic illness is continually based around cure and cause, often times with a language that puts the patient at fault (stigma around weight, smoking, alcohol consumption) in situations where those are proven to not be causes for the illness. Recently, the ways language is used in clinical settings and text have become more important in his work. Merritt aims to bring attention to the complex relationship between the body and language in medical discourse, and to encourage the viewer to consider compassionate and affective methods of discussing illness.
Accessibility in the Studio: An Evening with Resident Artist Benjamin Merritt
Wednesday, February 26
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Andrew Bearnot (Chicago, IL), March 1-31, 2020
Andrew Bearnot (MFA, University of Chicago) is a self described “materialist”: he thinks with and through the substance of things. Informed by a background in material science (ScB, Brown University) and glass (BFA, Rhode Island School of Design), Bearnot explores moments of transcendence in the everyday. He was awarded fellowships from Fulbright and the American-Scandinavian Foundation for research on glass-making traditions in Sweden and Denmark and has been an artist-in-residence at the Hyde Park Arts Center (Chicago, IL), Museum of Arts and Design (New York, NY), Marble House Project (Dorset, VT), and Creative Glass Center of America (Millville, NJ).
Offsite Visit: The University Club of Chicago
Sunday, March 8
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
$10; Spudnik Press Members Only
Queer Materialisms: Andrew Bearnot in dialog with Dutes Miller & Betsy Odom
This event has been postponed for COVID-19 closures. We look forward to announcing a new date in the future.
Tuesday, March 24
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.