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Cassie Tompkins: A Revision of Everyday Life

Featured Artist:

Cassie Tompkins

Dates:

8/11/2017 – 9/30/2017

Location:

The Annex at Spudnik Press

Corresponding Events:

A Revision of Everyday Life
Opening Reception & Exhibition Talk
Friday, August 11th, 2017
6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. 

Press Release:

A Revision of Everyday Life, is a series of screen-printed and dyed fabric monoprints that capture the splendor of quotidian life. Through an expression of geometric and abstract shapes, these prints explore the emotional experience of color, tensions between opposites, and the nature of daily life. Tompkins’ technique merges industrial (screen-printing) and traditional (dyeing) craft to amplify the space between the exquisite and the drab. She strives to capture her wonder and appreciation of natural and manmade phenomena through material explorations. The flowing drape of the wall-mounted cotton panels, inclusion of design elements, and the imprecision of the processes speaks to her improvisational philosophy of making—work makes work—each step informs the next, each panel inspires the following, and if there is a plan it’s, on the whole, guesswork. The resultant imagery is bright and graphic, inviting the viewer to take another look at their own surroundings— a revision of everyday life —through material and designed transformations.

Image: “Purple and Orange Gradient,” Cassie Tompkins. Cotton, plain weave; shibori dyed, screen printed. 2017.

Where have we gone, before we go

A Themed Portfolio

Curator:

Jennifer Scheuer  

Featured Artists:

Anne Beidler, John Bergmeier, Ed Bernstein, Kaitlyn Collyer, Benjy Davies, Pamela Drix, Fred Hagstrom, Raluca Iancu, Eleanor Jensen, Kathryn Maxwell, Katherine Miller, Greg Page, Minna Resnick, Mary Robinson, Nick Ruth, Carrie ScangaJennifer Scheuer, Hannah Skoonberg, Taro Takizawa, Ruth Weisberg

Dates:

6/16/2017 – 8/5/2017

Location:

The Annex at Spudnik Press

Corresponding Events:

Where have we gone, before we go
Opening Reception & Exhibition Talk
Friday, June 16th, 2017
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 

Press Release:

Where we have been, before we go features twenty prints that investigate the art making process as a progressive and ever-evolving exercise. Twenty artists were each asked to produce new work in the form of a diptych that reflects their own current artistic practice in contrast with their earlier artistic aesthetics, themes or processes. How does self-perception affect artistic creation?

This exhibition brings together a diverse group of artists from across the country, many exhibiting for the first time in Chicago. Participants represent a broad range of artistic approaches and careers. This portfolio of prints utilizes many print processes including screenprinting, lithography, relief, photographic processes, and more.

In addition to the flat prints on paper, the portfolio incorporates a decisive book arts component. Each portfolio is packaged with book binding supplies and instructions. Participating artist is charged with manipulating the prints to a unique drum leaf book, each deciding how they prefer to sequence the images. This process highlights the role of personal interpretation, narration, and perspective. The “Where we have been, before we go” exhibition features just one solution of how the book can be assembled.

The portfolio was organized in conjunction with the 2017 Southern Graphics International Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. The drum leaf book will be donated to Cornell Universities’ Fine Arts Library as a book available for checkout through their new book arts collection program.

Image by Fred Hagstrom

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.