Posts Categorized: Exhibitions

I’m calling from a great distance

Featured Artists:

Alex Kostiw

Dates:

4/7/2017 – 4/29/2017

Location:

The Annex @ Spudnik Press

Corresponding Events:

Opening Reception & Artist Talk:

Friday, March 3, 2017
6:00-9:00pm

Press Release:

Spudnik Press Cooperative presents new work by Chicago-based artist Alex Kostiw. She is an artist and graphic designer based in Chicago. Her practice combines short stories and experimental comics with book design and printmaking. She is interested in themes of fragmentation, communication, and incomprehensibility. Using interactive book formats and minimal visual and textual detail, she crafts loose narratives that reveal something more felt than understood. Her work offers readers traces of subjects that remain largely inaccessible. Kostiw received an M.F.A. in visual communication design from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a B.A. in English literature from the University of Chicago.

The exhibition, titled “I’m calling from a great distance,” through a variety of miniature and postcard-sized prints, large-scale artworks, and an artist’s book of indecipherable texts, relates the communications between a lighthouse keeper and an interplanetary explorer. The work explores the tension between physical distance and the closeness that technology can create; memory; and the scale of humanity. The prints are divided into two series. One details a sequence of a woman turning around. The other depicts planets and abstracted landscapes. The gallery becomes as a space for this two-part story to unfold.

During recent travel, Kostiw’s interest in immeasurable spaces shifted from metaphorical interior or mental spaces to physical ones. She was drawn to parallels between explorers in history who crossed oceans and the speculative exploration of other planets. She finds intrigue in the gut-wrenching contrast in size between the ocean or space and the individual, as well as in exploration as an expression of, and cause for, longing.

Throughout her practice, Kostiw’s interest is as much in what a story presents as in what it does not—in what is not said or done, as in what is. Oceans and outer space are settings that sharply highlight the inconsequentiality of humankind, but also our need for intimacy and our yearning for connection at the heart of the story.

Paper to Plastic

Featured Artists:

Viraj Mithani

Dates:

2/3/17 – 2/25/17

Location:

The Annex @ Spudnik Press

Corresponding Events:

Opening Reception & Artist Talk:

Friday, February 3, 2017
6:00-9:00pm

Press Release:

Spudnik Press Cooperative presents new work by Chicago-based artist Viraj Mithani.  The exhibition, titled “Paper to Plastic” explores time and contemporary printmaking. It investigates the relationship between the hierarchy of print, painting and drawing by challenging the established norms of the mediums. By combining painting techniques with both traditional printing processes and digital prints, Paper to Plastic questions the historical segregation between the mediums. It further explores the fading practice of traditional printmaking processes and sustainable way of living with the oversaturation of digital technology. Responding to these phenomena, the constructed forms and images capture the permanence of constant change, and evoke feelings of inevitable destruction.

I Will Love You Forever/Hans + Eva Rausing 4/1/2012/7/10/2012

Featured Artists:

Jake Saunders

Dates:

3/3/2017 – 3/25/2017

Location:

The Annex @ Spudnik Press

Corresponding Events:

Opening Reception & Artist Talk:

Friday, March 3, 2017
6:00-9:00pm

Press Release:

Spudnik Press Cooperative presents new work by Chicago-based artist Jake Saunders.  The exhibition, titled “I Will Love You Forever/Hans + Eva Rausing 4/1/12-7/10/12” is a body of work by Chicago artist, Jake Saunders. In this series of etchings, the artist employs events surrounding a three month period in the relationship between Eva and Hans Kristian Rausing. These works mine for aesthetic tropes and symbolism while occupying landscapes reminiscent of European Romantic Era artists such as Fuseli, Gericault and Goya. Amalgamating these events and symbols with those of his own life, Jake conveys the deeply personal through the veil the Rausings. Merging the idiosyncratic with that of the publicly known, Jake contemplates love, anxiety, loss and the malleability of narrative.

Spudnik Members: Join our 2017 Exhibition Committee!

The Spudnik Press Exhibitions Committee is member-driven and provides a platform for our members to take the lead in the curatorial process for all Spudnik Press Exhibitions. Only in its second year, the Exhibitions Committee is a constantly evolving committee composed of members who are committed to advancing exhibitions at Spudnik Press Cooperative. It acts as a steering committee for all Exhibitions-related opportunities, assists with execution of all components of the Exhibitions Program and, to the extent of its ability, acts as an advocate for exhibitions within and beyond Spudnik Press.

More specifically, the committee reviews all exhibition proposals, selecting which proposals will be offered as part of the annual Exhibition Calendar, and contributes to the development of additional programs offered in conjunction with each show, such as artist talks, workshops and opportunities for our members. Each year the committee coordinates the Annual Member Exhibition, bringing energy and innovation to this group exhibition opportunity.  In addition, committee members have the opportunity to develop an additional exhibition of their choosing, which could take the form of a portfolio exchange, an invitational exhibition, bringing a traveling exhibition to our gallery, or jurying a thematic exhibition.

The Exhibitions Committee is fully backed by Spudnik Press staff who lead meetings, manages all exhibitions, handles budgets, etc. Committee members are asked to volunteer with various stages of each exhibition, including installation, photography and event assistance, approximately 6-8 hours per year.

By joining the committee, members are committing to a one-year positions with the option to renew each calendar year.

2017 Meeting Dates

  • January 18, 2017, 6:30 – 8:30
  • April 19, 2017, 6:30 – 8:30
  • July 19, 2017, 6:30 – 8:30
  • October 18, 2017, 6:30 – 8:30

Requirements:

  • Must maintain a current membership at Spudnik Press Cooperative throughout 2017.
  • Must be able to commit to attending the majority of quarterly Exhibitions Committee Meetings.
  • Strongly encouraged to volunteer for 6-8 hours in the production of exhibition programs. Members can select volunteer activities that best suit their skills, interests and availability.

To Apply:

  • Email angee@spudnikpress.org with the subject line “Exhibition Committee”.
  • Please include your name and phone number.
  • The exhibition committee is first come, first serve. If response exceeds our capacity, a wait list will be formed.

2017 Call for Exhibition Proposals

Deadline to Apply: January 8, 2017

Download the 2017 Call for Exhibition Proposals

The Spudnik Press Exhibitions Program invites exhibition proposals from artists and curators. This is our annual opportunity for individuals or collaborators to submit unsolicited proposals for solo or small group exhibitions. Proposals may be for existing or new work. Membership at Spudnik Press is not required to submit proposals.

Exhibitions are selected by a committee of Spudnik Press members using the curatorial statement (below) as a guidepost for all curatorial decisions. Strong proposals will resonate with the curatorial priorities of Spudnik Press Cooperative.

While exhibitions may feature artwork in any media, 2-D or wall-mounted artwork is typically best suited for the gallery, which functions as a multi-purpose space. While we welcome proposals from beyond Chicago, applicants should be aware that there is a very limited budget per exhibition. Applicants may be responsible for much of the shipping costs and travel to and from Chicago.

Spudnik Press Cooperative Curatorial Statement:

Spudnik Press exhibitions amplify the impact of resources at Spudnik Press by providing opportunities for artists and audiences to move through a variety of creative roles: from making to experiencing, from learning to teaching.

Spudnik Press showcases work that has ongoing relevance to our mission and vision, while also encouraging a breadth of community participation.  Exhibitions create an active platform to expand and diversify our cooperative.

To achieve these goals, Spudnik Press exhibitions:

  • Are selected by a curatorial committee of active members.
  • Emphasize printmaking and print-based projects within contemporary art practices.
  • Showcase the creative, analytical or technical process of art making.
  • Feature exceptional projects, whether produced at Spudnik Press or beyond.
  • Engage diverse levels of professional experience.

Spudnik Press exhibitions offer exhibiting artists opportunities to:

  • Produce new fine art prints.
  • Present corresponding educational programming.
  • Present Artist Talks.

Timeline:

  • Proposals due: Sunday, January 8, 2017
  • Applicants will be notified by March 1, 2017
  • Exhibitions will occur between May 15, 2017 and February 28, 2018.
  • Exhibitions typically run between 5 and 8 weeks.

Additional Exhibition Resources:

Archive of Past Exhibitions
Guide for Curators
Download the 2017 Call for Exhibition Proposals

To Apply:

E-mail the following to angee@spudnikpress.org with “Exhibition Proposal” in the subject line:

1) PDF including the following documents in the following order:

  • Working title of the exhibition
  • Exhibition Narrative: Description of the exhibition, both conceptually and visually. 150 – 250 words.
  • Artist Statement(s) and Bio(s): Brief statement for each artist and bio for each artist. Include websites, blogs, notable artistic achievements, other relevant material.
  • Resume or CV: No longer than two pages. Please only submit a resume for the curator, solo artist or main contact for group shows, not each individual artist.
  • Three professional references for the curator, solo artist or main contact
  • Image list including medium, year of completion, dimensions, and name of file

2) Work Samples:

  • For solo exhibitions, include up to 10 images of work that will be included in the exhibition. Group exhibition proposals may include up to 3 images per artist. Sketches may be included for forthcoming work. Please include an image list. Images need not exceed 1 MB each.
  • Work samples files should be titled LASTNAME_01.jpg, LASTNAME_02.jpg, etc.

Please direct any questions to angee@spudnikpress.org.

Above photo by Robert Chase Heisman.

Homecoming | Annual Member Exhibition

Featured Artists:

Vice Versa Press | Julia Arredondo
Josh Epstein
Margaret Hitch
Dana M Johnson
Erick Jurado
Logan Kruidenier
Viraj Mithani
Catherine Norcott
Nicolette Ross
Current Location Press | Raychel Steinbach Lauen
Jake Saunders
Matthew Wead
Tara Zanzig

Dates:

10/14/2016 – 11/16/2016

Location:

The Annex @ Spudnik Press

Corresponding Events:

Hubbard Street Lofts Annual Open House
Friday, October 14, 2016
6:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Homecoming: Closing Reception & Artist Talk
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
7:00-9:00pm

Press Release:

Let’s hear it for the home team! At Spudnik Press, this fall Homecoming highlights recent work by our very own varsity team: 2016 Members!

Whether they rally for relief, shout for screen printing, get loud for letterpress, idolize intaglio, or revel in riso,  Spudnik Press is a second home for printmakers from all corners of Chicago.  Year ‘round, hundreds of artists come to Spudnik Press for space to grow their practice and produce fine art prints.  Work produced here goes back into the community, to activate and inspire.  

Each fall, Spudnik Press welcomes back a selection of artwork made right here for our Member Exhibition.  Representing the diverse themes and media active in our studio, Homecoming highlights the exceptional work being created by our Members day-in and day-out.  It opens space for dialogue between images, and between people: our members, alumni, and guests.  Just steps away from the presses where they were made, these prints showcase the processes and prodigies of Spudnik Press.      

Come celebrate our supportive, vibrant community at events including an Open House, a Print Sale, and a Closing Party.  Plus, for the nostalgic, a self-serve photo booth (complete with printerly props) invites Homecoming guests to make memories that will last a lifetime!

Populace Mechanics

Featured Artists:

Kim Morski

Dates:

11/19/2016 – 12/31/2016

Location:

The Annex @ Spudnik Press

Corresponding Events:

Opening Reception & Artist Talk:

Saturday, November 19, 2016
7:00-10:00pm

Press Release:

Spudnik Press Cooperative presents new work by Denver-based artist Kim Morski.  The exhibition, titled “Populace Mechanics” will feature prints, artist books and handmade objects that explore the themes of secrecy, privacy, and the compartmentalization of information in covert U.S. military and scientific operations.

In 2013, Morski learned about a series of secret tests conducted in St. Louis, Missouri shortly after WWII in which the U.S. Army worked with scientists to spray residential areas with zinc cadmium sulfide. Since then, her artwork has responded to simliar little-known histories as well as broadly addressing the underlying themes of willful deception and complicit action.

Doubling and duality is a central visual and conceptual device throughout all of the work. In Populace Mechanics, doubles occur in the form of repeated symbols and motifs, divided compositions, as well as text or imagery with inferred double meaning.

In several prints, insidious clouds billow in the background of isolated figures engaged in various kinds of work. A looming planet-like orb in one print echoes the crosshairs of a large, white circled “X” from another. Bricks, which appear in 2D and 3D form, specifically refer to secret military testing done in St. Louis, but they also represent a psychological burden. While the narrative within the artwork refers to specific people and events, it is intentionally abstracted and symbolic, allowing for multiple levels of interpretation.

Download the Press Release

Rules, Tools, and Fools

Artists respond to the Whole Earth Catalog with various media and teach-ins.

Featured Artists:

Chicago-based artists ACT Collective, Alberto Aguilar, Jesse Malmed, Jaclyn Jacunski, Jason Pallas, Ryan Thompson, Hui-min Tsen, and national artists Sarah Hotchkiss (San Francisco), Jen Smoose(Seattle), and Leah Wolff (New York).

Dates:

8/12/2016 – 9/24/2016

Location:

The Annex @ Spudnik Press

Corresponding Events:

Forthcoming; As part of the opening reception, a short artist talk will feature many of the participating artists discussing their practice and contributions to the exhibition and their reflections of the Whole Earth Catalog. There will also be additional programming associated with the exhibition, including a series of teach-ins with community partners at Spudnik.  All events are free and open to the public.  

Opening Reception:

Friday, August 12, 2016
6:00-9:00pm

Media Coverage:

Not Another Exhibition Catalog | Newcity Art

Press Release:

Spudnik Press Cooperative presents “Rules, Tools, and Fools,” featuring Chicago-based artists ACT Collective, Alberto Aguilar, Jesse Malmed, Jaclyn Jacunski, Jason Pallas, Ryan Thompson, Hui-min Tsen, and national artists Sarah Hotchkiss (San Francisco), Jen Smoose(Seattle), and Leah Wolff (New York). This exhibition will feature the artists’ various responses to a key piece of printmedia – the Whole Earth Catalog.

Whole Earth Catalog is a counter-cultural touchstone that presaged many of today’s artistic and social modes of engagement. Rules, Tools, and Fools serves as a vehicle for artists to be provoked by and respond to the Whole Earth Catalog using a range of materials and conceptual strategies. The exhibiting artists all have a relationship with at least one of the themes explicitly embedded within the Catalog–alternative education, off-the-grid living, self-sufficiency, do-it-yourself culture, ecology, utopian ideals, communal action, holism, and access to tools.  All of the artists are crafting new responses and activities to the Catalog for the exhibition.

The show is presented in The Annex, an educational and exhibition space within the non-profit printmaking studio, Spudnik Press Cooperative. The show is not only a response to all that the Whole Earth Catalog embodies, but is a visual manifestation of the role that Spudnik Press plays in the Chicago ecosystem.

The organization of Rules, Tools, and Fools mimics the strategies that drive Spudnik Press as a collectively managed and cooperatively run printshop.  The progressive ethics used to bring the artists together and create programming mirror the spirit of the Whole Earth Catalog.  This equitable effort puts trust in artists’ voices to shape how the show manifests.  Rather than a nostalgic revisiting of a bygone era, the show offers poetic and practical solutions from our contemporary relationship to the Whole Earth’s problems.

Stay hungry, stay foolish.

The Rules, Tools, and Fools Reading Library

The artists and exhibition organizers have collaborated to compile a selection of books and related ephemera to augment the exhibition with a reading library. This reading area, currently on view at Spudnik and continuing  throughout the exhibition, serves as a public resource for deeper investigations of the source material and other scholarly works.

Rules, Tools, and Fools is organized by participating artists Jaclyn Jacunski and Jason Pallas in collaboration with Angee Lennard, Founder and Director of Spudnik Press.

Bios:

Jaclyn Jacunski (jaclynjacunski.com) is a Chicago-based artist and a current Bolt Resident at the Chicago Artist Coalition. Her works takes on various formats from printmaking, installation and sculpture which are tied around themes of community and its boundaries.  She has M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and B.F. A. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and has taught at SAIC and Harrington College of. She worked for many years as an assistant to the master printers at Tandem Press in Madison, WI along with local artists/professors Joan Livingstone, Michael Miller, Jeanine Coupe Ryding and Mary Jane Jacob. Her artwork draws from protests and acts of resistance in local communities and how one discovers a more equitable, interesting life. Currently, she thinks about how these things manifest in signs in the landscape, and media, while paying attention to how an individual’s voice is revealed out in the world in relation to mass culture and powerful systems.

Jason Pallas (jthomaspallas.com) received his MFA in Contemporary Art Theory and Practice from the University of Chicago.  His studies focused on the dialectics of abstraction/representation, authenticity/appropriation, complicity/political activity, and ethics/aesthetics.  He earned BA degrees in Studio Art/Art History and English from Rice University with a thesis focused on contemporary queer drama, and has also studied at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and the European College of Liberal Arts (Berlin). His work has been exhibited in Chicago and at venues throughout the country, such as Arthouse at the Jones Center (Austin), Urban Institute for Contemporary Art (Grand Rapids), Truman State University Art Gallery (Missouri), Arizona State University, and the Indianapolis Art Center.  He works as the Manager of Community Engagement and Arts Learning at the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago, as well as teaching and consulting at the Museum of Contemporary Arts Chicago and the Associated Colleges of the Midwest.  His work sits at the intersection of the personal, the popular, and the political, and his driving concerns are community empowerment projects, pedagogical theory, and copyright issues.  

Angee Lennard is an artist, art administrator, and teaching artist. As Founder and Executive Director of Spudnik Press Cooperative in Chicago, Angee oversees a range of community-based arts programming including open studio sessions, classes, a residency program, publishing and collaborative projects, youth programming, and exhibitions. As a teaching artist through Marwen and Spudnik, she develops curriculum addressing print media, community projects, and illustration. Her own artistic practices combine fine art printmaking and freelance illustration. She holds a BFA from SAIC.

Temporal Tantrum

Featured Artists:

Heather Anderson, Margaret Hitch, Dana Johnson, Jeremy Lundquist, Margaret McGill, Angelika Piwowarczyk, Ashley ShaulStan Shellabarger, Randi Stella, Mario Valdivia, Tara Zanzig

Dates:

6/17/2016 – 7/30/2016

Location:

The Annex @ Spudnik Press

Corresponding Events:

Gallery Talk

Friday, June 17, 2016
6:00 p.m.

Opening Reception:

Friday, June 17, 2016
6:00-9:00pm

Press Release:

The passage of time is a universal yet highly subjective experience that can be measured in countless ways. From time travel theory, to poaching an egg, to sleeping, all have vast temporal implications. In art, time is often addressed through the medium of film, but how does one confront it in a static medium such as printmaking? Temporal Tantrum examines the concept of time and how time is perceived.

The exhibition features a print portfolio of the same name that include new artworks by ten Chicago artists. Each printmaker has examined the universal, yet highly subjective, experience that is the passage of time. Dana Johnson’s illustrative print depicts a missed opportunity, waiting in anticipation, and the let down or frustration of this experience through the typical urban experience of just missing a bus. Other contributions utilize time as a material in the art-making process. Stan Shellabarger began his print by repetitiously walking on a wood plank. Over time, his footprints left grooves worn into the wood. Through the process of inking then printing from this block of wood, Shellabarger was able to create a record of both this activity and a discrete unit of time.

In addition to the print portfolio, the exhibition includes a series of etching by Jeremy Lundquist, Notice – Closed. Using only a single copper plate to create his entire body of work, the plate itself has been transformed into a physical representation of memory. The prints created from that plate are a documentation of memory as an active entity. Through depicting fragments of historically significant landmarks, Lundquist calls attention to how remembrance evolves, and previously significant events become obfuscated, buried, or re-contextualized across time. Calling attention to the fickleness of memory and our susceptibility to the present and its affect on our perceptions of the past, Lundquist’s 21 prints will not simultaneously be on view. Instead, each of the 21 states of Notice – Closed will only be displayed for a limited time. Every few days, newer states of the print will replace old.

 

Spatial Collage: Getting Wacky Wit It

Featured Artist:

Julia Arredondo

Dates:

4/01/2016 – 4/30/2016

Location:

The Annex @ Spudnik Press

Corresponding Events:

Gallery Talk

Friday, April 1, 2016
6:00 p.m.

Opening Reception

Friday, April 1, 2016
6:00-9:00pm

Student Debt Suicide Letters

Saturday, April 2, 2016
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Community Workshop

Press Release:

“Spatial Collage: Getting Wacky Wit It” is an exercise in taking the collage format of assembling ephemera on paper – and transferring that practice to a larger-scale. “Spatial Collage” is an experiment rooted solely in self-expression and freedom, while simultaneously toying with ideas of formal exhibition and product placement.

Artist Statement:

Self-empowerment is a main focus of my work, specifically in the realm of publications and zines. Aspiring to be more like cartoon characters who suffer trauma but never seem to carry emotional baggage, I believe in the power of constructing positive present and future actions by taking sometimes traumatic past experiences and letting those memories work for me. I seek to empower myself and others in a way that let’s us confront oppressive experiences and turn them into badges of strength, humor, and grace.

“Hate it or love it the underdog’s on top. And I’m gonna shine homie until my heart stop.”
– 50 Cent and The Game

New Demands?

Featured Artist:

Lisa Vinebaum

Dates:

5/06/2016 – 5/28/2016

Location:

The Annex @ Spudnik Press

Corresponding Events:

Gallery Talk

Friday, May 6, 2016
6:00 p.m.

Opening Reception:

Friday, May 6, 2016
6:00-9:00pm

Press Release:

New Demands? presents silk screened posters, digital prints, cloth banners, and a neon sign inspired by historical demands of the American labor movement, from approximately 1890 to the present. Drawing primarily on archival research into flyers, posters, placards, and advertising produced by the International Ladies Garment Workers’ Union (ILGWU)— historically the largest and most important union representing workers in the women’s apparel industry — this exhibition explores the struggle for better working conditions in the garment industry, the winning of rights and benefits by the ILGWU, and the eventual demise of the entire American textile industry. New Demands? connects past and present struggles for workers’ rights, and reminds us that there was a time when American workers fought for and won historical rights including the right to a regulated, eight-hour work day and the 40-hour work week; vacation and overtime pay; collective bargaining rights and the right to freedom of association; and pension and health care benefits. These rights have been dramatically curtailed; since the 1980s, hundreds of thousands of full-time, well-paid, unionized positions have been lost here in the US, yet workers continue to fight for living wages, better working conditions, and the right to organize. This exhibition is part of a larger, ongoing series of work under the title New Demands? initiated in 2011, and incorporating public performances, text based installations, neon, printed works, and participatory workshops.

Artist Statement:

Dr. Lisa Vinebaum is an interdisciplinary artist, critical writer, and educator. Her studio practice incorporates text-based installations and work with neon, performance and site specific interventions, textiles, video, photography and protest tactics. Current research and artistic investigations explore labor, performance and collectivity in the larger context of economic globalization and cutbacks to workers’ rights. Lisa Vinebaum holds a PhD in Art from Goldsmiths, University of London (UK); an MA in Textiles also from Goldsmiths, and a BFA from Concordia University in Montreal.

Discipline and Distraction

Featured Artist:

Devin Owsley-Aquilia

Dates:

3/04/2016 – 3/26/2016

Location:

The Annex @ Spudnik Press

Corresponding Events:

Opening Reception

Friday, March 4, 2016
6:00-9:00pm

Gallery Talk

Friday, March 4, 2016
6:00 p.m.

Press Release:

‘Discipline and Distraction’ is a body of work by Devin Owsley-Aquilia inspired by her transition into Chicago, into isolation and a new understanding of what it means to be present. “To accept challenge and change, I use material to guide myself through these mental obstacles to reach a place of poise and clarity. Layered images of abstracted landscapes derived from personal experiences, place, relationship, behavior and interaction are inscribed into copper plates, informing the basis of which my work manifests. The importance of line and act of carving speak to a growing dialogue between material and my person as well my emotional attachment to place.” The image transferred into a physical print serves as an artifact, a portrayal of momentary consciousness that nurtured self-discipline and potential.

Artist Statement:

In my work, abstracted images derived from anatomical forms emerge through the use of methodical printmaking and drawing process. With focus on detail and mass, these forms become expressive gestures of movement, intimacy and identity. The images reveal an understanding of what forms define the sacred and emphasize moments of female identity. I seek the potential in creation through the intricacies of human form and the natural world to further a conversation between material and person.