Posts Categorized: Exhibitions

The People’s Pamphlets

The People’s Pamphlets is a risograph edition of 25 tri-fold pamphlets by contemporary artists. Brochures are not thematically oriented, rather they animate the interests of each individual artist in a wildly disparate, fantastically in-cohesive manner.

While digitally distributed media has fast usurped pen and paper as a means of communication, certain public spaces remain deeply hospitable to the dynamism and efficacy of print media. Festivals, welcome centers, information kiosks, transit depots, shopping hubs and the like remain stocked with brochures, bi-folds, tri-folds, pamphlets, fliers, and circulars—all free for the indiscriminate taking.

As a curatorial endeavor, the People’s Pamphlets is situated within of history of the artist-brochure in the broader context of artists’ books and ephemera, and considers the continued relevance of print within sites of spectacle, tourism or travel – particularly as these spaces themselves continue to digitize. To that end, the project also operates within the broader history of cultural “festivalism” which has deep roots in grand tours, world’s fairs, biennials and, more recently, trade expositions and art fairs. The name is a nod to the Chicago Cultural Center, which was once coined the “People’s Palace” and remains central a destination for culture and…pamphlets.

The People’s Pamphlets is a 2015 Chicago Artist Month featured event. Leonardo Selvaggio is a 2015 Chicago Artist Month featured artist.

Curator:

Jessica Cochran

Pamphlets By:

Conrad Bakker / Judith Brotman / Phaedra Call / Johanna Drucker /  Gurl Don’t Be Dumb / Rachel Foster / Krista Franklin  / Dianna Frid / Maria Gaspar / Lise Haller Baggesen Ross / Kelly Lloyd / Adelheid Mers / Michael Milano / Cathy Alva Mooses / Melissa Potter / Jilian Bruschera / Adam Pantić (Pulp & Pastry) / Ernesto Pujol / Academy Records / Maddie Reyna / Ryan Richey / Eric Ruschman / Fred Sasaki / Kyle Schlie / Leonardo  Selvaggio / Shaan Syed / Sonja Thomsen / Ian Weaver    

Dates:

10/9/2015 – 11/25/2015

Location:

The Annex @ Spudnik Press

Opening Reception:

Friday October 9, 2015
6:00-9:00pm

Corresponding Events:

The People’s Pamphlet Pamphlet-Making Workshop
Saturday, October 17, 2015, 2-5pm
Guest Artist and Publisher: Kyle Schlie
Donation-based Workshop; $20 Suggested

Huge Art Show and Open Studios
Friday, November 6, 2015, 6-10pm
Hubbard Street Lofts
Free

Chicago Artist Month 2015

Push & Pull: Steamroller Spectacular

Organizer:

William Estrada

Featured Artists:

Erin Maresko, Emily Nie, Marilyn Propp, Heather Anderson, Meela Paloma, Christine Bespalec-Davis, Julie Cowan, Gaila MercadoElise Forer, Hannah Ireland, Megan Klawitter, Alex Kostiw, Jennifer Rich, Rogelio Rosiles, Judith Mayer, Steve Vidal, Lissette Martinez, Leonor Gallardo Hevia, Katie Moncton, Mary Serbe, Luthando W. Mazibuko, Amara Leipzig, Susannah Hera, Margaret McGill, Erika Valenciana, Salome Chasnoff, Miguel Delgado, Jaime Lockard, Maggie Piwowarczyk, Gloria Talamante, Jessica Caponigro, Tabor Shiles, Gabe Hoare, Liz Born, Nadine Nakanishi, Angelika Piwowarczyk, Liz WalkerCaroline Walp, Nicolette Ross, Pete Rangel, Erika Vazzana, Tara Zanzig, and more.

Featured Organizations:

Benito Juarez Community Academy Artime Club, SAIC Art Therapy Department, ArtReach at Lillstreet, Chicago Printmakers Guild, National Veterans Art Museum / YouMedia, South Chicago Art Center, Southside Hub of Production, Whitney Young High School, and Yollocalli.

Dates:

7/25/2015 – 8/12/2015

Location:

The Annex @ Spudnik Press

Opening Reception:

Saturday July 25, 2015
6:00-9:00pm

Press Release:

At times, we pull in our community. At times we push out our ideas, our visions, and our inclinations. This summer, Spudnik Press, and artist William Estrada, has brought together 200+ artists, students, and creative thinkers through various Chicago communities to reflect on how they and their communities “push and pull” physically, metaphorically, and politically. Each contributor hand carved a wood block, with imagery inspired by the Push & Pull theme. These blocks were then brought together to create banner-sized collaborative prints. These oversized prints, featuring art by as many as 84 artists, are much too large for a typical printing press. Instead, the pressure of a commercial steamroller was used to print each banner. These banners represent and pay tribute to the push and pull that is integral to a dynamic community. The culminating exhibition features a selection of the printed banners, as well as select individual prints.

On Saturday, July 25, Spudnik Press will host an opening celebration with live printing, a toast to the artists, and the opportunity to purchase the commemorative banners as well as individual prints.

Sequestered Spaces: New Work by Adrienne Miller

Featured Artist:

Adrienne Miller

Dates:

3/28/2015 – 6/12/2015

Location:

The Printshop @ Spudnik Press

Opening Reception:

Saturday March 28, 2015
6:00-9:00pm

Press Release:

Within the tradition of landscape art, the term picturesque refers to a view where the human presence is apparent. Adrienne Miller uses this history to create print works that communicate an exploration of human psyche through constructed space. Open land represents possibilities while the more confined environments allow for Adrienne to communicate tension or anxieties that we encounter on a day to day basis – literally at times feeling as though the walls are moving in on us. Adrienne uses holes as absences or earth being dug up, displaced, or tunneled through to reference the retrieval and archival of memory. In her constructed world, fences demarcate areas in this uncharted psychological territory. Through shifts in perspective and unrealistic coexistence, Miller’s work encourages the viewer to address their own environments as well as themselves.

Artist Bio:

Adrienne Miller, a southerner by birth, just survived her second year as an official corn-eating, snow-shoveling, midwestern resident. After graduating from Murray State University in 2007 with her BFA in Studio Art, she found her way from Kentucky to Nashville as a summer intern for Hatch Show Print, a world famous, 130+ year old letterpress shop. She also spent time working as the Studio Manager and Gallery Coordinator for Vanderbilt University’s Department of Art.

Crush, Gush: A solo exhibition

Featured Artist:

Kate McQuillen, Fall 2014 Artist in Residence

Dates:

3/28/2015 – 6/12/2015

Location:

The Annex @ Spudnik Press

Opening Reception:

Saturday March 28, 2015
6:00-9:00pm

Press Release:

The printing press is a tool that creates its product through extreme pressure. The works in this show cite materials that are also results of extreme pressure: namely, oil and diamonds. Themes of crushing and erupting are depicted as natural, yet violent, processes that are tied to these valuable elements within the earth.

Bouncing light, angled surfaces, erupting forms and petroleum products are presented throughout the show in prints and printmaking materials. Tympan grease, a facilitaing material for press operation, becomes the markmaking material in images of erupting crude oil spindletops; in other pieces, the crushing action of the printing press reworks images into fractured, compressed surfaces. McQuillen considers the value we place in these materials that come from deep within the earth, the human fascination with them, and the extreme conditions under which they are produced.

Artist Bio:

Kate McQuillen is a Chicago-based artist working in print and installation, and is represented by O’Born Contemporary. She has shown in Toronto, Chicago, Montreal, and Boston, and has works in public and private collections in Europe and North America. Writings about her work have been included in such news outlets as The Chicago Reader, Time Out Chicago and Rabble.ca, and in publications by Columbia College Chicago and Rutgers University.

Double // Crossed

Featured Artists:

Salvador Andrade Arevalo
Kim Morski
Brad Rohloff

Dates:

1/17/2015 – 3/1/2015

Location:

The Printshop @ Spudnik Press

Opening Reception:

Saturday January 17, 2014
6:00-9:00pm

Press Release:

Spudnik Press Cooperative presents Double // Crossed, an exhibition of new works by Chicago-based artists Salvador Andrade Arévalo, Kim Morski, and Brad Rohloff completed during their 2014 Studio Fellowship at the print shop. Double-crossed hones in on the artists’ desire to poke and prod the perception of trickery, be it slight misgivings or outright deception. Collectively, they employ a wide range of printing techniques including etching, relief, screenprint, letterpress, risograph, and offset lithography.

Salvador Andrade Arevalo  will display a series of etchings of phosphenes printed from a single plate, reworked over time. His repeated attempts to capture the fleeting qualities of a visual phenomenon are documented across variations in each print, in which the surface of the plate was changed or the color of the ink altered.

Kim Morski  will present three new artist books that explore the duality of language and behavior. Varying in format in media, each book’s content is related to secret radiological weapons tests that began in the 1950s, in which military-contracted scientists tested the dispersal of zinc cadmium sulfide in St. Louis, Missouri.

Brad Rohloff ‘s studio practice includes comics, editions, and drawing, as well as printing the work of other artists via his Chicago-based publishing house, Bred Press. Working with the multiple, Rohloff will include editioned objects and prints that question the autonomy and authority of objects.

CHASING POSADA! A Macabre Populist in the City

Curator:

Ryan Standfest, Rotland Press

Featured Artists:

Marie-Pierre Brunel / Tom Carey / Stephen Cavanagh / Sue Coe / Bill Connors / D.B. Dowd / Bill Fick / Céline Guichard / Ben Jones / Kaz / Erik Lundquist / Marc Brunier-Mestas / Yusuke Okada / Onsmith / David Paleo / Grant Reynolds / Arnaud Rochard / David Sandlin / Stephen William Schudlich / Caroline Sury / Wouter Vanhaelemeesch / Chris Wright

Dates:

1/17/2015 – 3/1/2015

Location:

The Annex @ Spudnik Press

Opening Reception:

Saturday January 17, 2014
6:00-9:00pm

Press Release:

19 printmakers have responded to the artwork and ideas of José Guadalupe Posada (1852 – 1913), a popular illustrator-printmaker who had a unique working relationship with the urban environment of Mexico City. Posada observed the city from the window of his street corner studio, as he produced broadsides and periodicals to be circulated in the streets. In these, Posada trafficked in a “macabre populism,” giving his audience what they wanted—disasters, freaks of nature, social scandals and scenes of fantastical and everyday violence. It was a vision of an unstable and violent world but also an act of honoring the daily struggle of living. For this exhibition, a group of artists have created limited edition prints and another group has contributed to a limited edition newsprint tabloid publication, keeping in mind Posada and his presence in the city as a “macabre populist.”

Ryan Standfest is an artist and art educator who lives and works in Detroit. He is the publisher and editor of ROTLAND PRESS and founded the performance group Cabaret BLACK EYE. He holds an MFA in Printmaking from the University of Iowa.

Horrifically Obvious, New Work by Tate Foley

Curator:

Kim Morski, 2014 Studio Fellow

Featured Artist:

Tate Foley

Dates:

10/18/2014 – 11/20/2014

Location:

The Printshop @ Spudnik Press

Opening Reception:

Saturday October 18, 2014
6:00-9:00pm

Press Release:

Tate Foley’s new body of work, Horrifically Obvious, elaborates on the theme of duality and doubling, a focal point of his studio practice. The series consists of individual prints and drawings hung side by side in pairs—a reference to the spread or gutter in a book. Foley utilizes the spread as a device to force previous unrelated pieces into relationship and dialogue. Each element, informed by its counterpart forms a more complete whole. Yet even as we set out to discover and understand the connections between them, Foley’s use of office supply hanging mechanisms (metallic tape and binder clips) and varied techniques (drawing, risograph, screen printing, and digital printing) remind us the current status and the meaning of the work is in flux, playfully subject to influence and change.

Tate Foley is an Assistant Professor of Art in the Department of Art, Design, and Visual Culture at Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri. His work has been recently exhibited in New York City, Washington D.C., Portland, Saint Louis, Cleveland, and purchased by Toledo Museum of Art, and the UCLA Fine Arts, Yale University, and Reed College libraries. Foley earned a BA in Studio Art from Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania in 2007 and an MFA in Printmaking from Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia in 2010.

CPG 5 Year Anniversary Exhibition

Curator:

Luke Daly, with support from the CPG Board of Directors

Featured Artist:

Jaclyn Jacunski
Kate McQuillen
Matt Bodett
Megan Sterling
Justin Santora
Zissou Tasseff-Elenkoff
Todd Irwin
Maggie Marlin
Troy Lehman

Plus select prints from the CPG Archive.

Dates:

10/18/2014 – 11/26/2014

Location:

The Annex @ Spudnik Press

Opening Reception:

Saturday October 18, 2014
6:00-9:00pm

Press Release:

Established in 2009, the Chicago Printers Guild (CPG) supports and fosters the work of printers and seeks to bridge the gap between commercial printing and fine-art printmaking.

The CPG 5 Year Anniversary highlights the collaborative nature and collective ethos of the guild by presenting both individual collaborative works by members of the guild. As the CPG reaches a five year milestone, we celebrates the exemplary work in print media being produced in Chicago and showcase the impact the guild has on its members and the Chicago printmaking community alike. New collaborative works are by featured artists Jaclyn Jacunski, Kate McQuillen, Matt Bodett, Megan Sterling, Justin Santora, Zissou Tasseff-Elenkoff, Todd Irwin, and Maggie Marlin. Additional prints will be on display from the CPG Archive, house by the Center for Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College. Additionally, the exhibition will include a free takeaway designed by Troy Lehman and printed on Spudnik Press Cooperative’s newest equipment, a Risograph 3700.

The CPG 5 Year Anniversary Opening Reception will be held Saturday October 18th, 6-9pm and is a Featured Chicago Artist Month Event. In addition to the Annex at Spudnik Press, the 1821 Hubbard Street Lofts are hosting their Fall Open House. Participating venues include Platform Studios, Tsubo Salon and the private studios of Gerda Meyer Bernstein and Doug Fogelson.

Lucha Lives

Curator:

Salvador Andrade Arévalo

Featured Artist:

Ricardo Xavier Serment

Dates:

8/30/2014 – 09/30/2014

Location:

The Printshop @ Spudnik Press

Opening Reception:

Saturday August 30, 2014
6:00-9:00pm

Press Release:

Lucha Lives is an exploration of the generational realities and mythologies experienced within immigrant communities, particularly those of Mexican Americans in Chicago. Using the iconographic imagery of Lucha Libre, artist Ricardo Serment pivots around the struggle, mirth, and quotidian by shining a spotlight on the spectacle that the everyday can be.

Ricardo Xavier Serment was born in Chicago to Mexican immigrant parents. In 2007, he graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a BFA, concentrating in printmaking. He currently works in drawing, relief printing, and screen-printing; he also creates handmade books and portfolios. His inspiration draws from an array of collaboratives and movements including: the Taller de Gráfica Popular, Japanese Ukiyo-e prints, Contemporary American printmakers, and the Mexican Muralism movement.

 

Recombinant Stare: a Stare Magazine Retrospective

Curator:

Kevin Riordan

Featured Artists:

Wayne Bertola
Mike Brehm
Elroy Christy
Peter Hannan
Bradley Lastname
Jean Riordan
Fritz Wolfmeyer

Dates:

8/30/2014 – 09/30/2014

Location:

The Annex @ Spudnik Press

Opening Reception:

Saturday August 30, 2014
6:00-9:00pm

Press Release:

Recombinant Stare is an exhibition that pulls together strands from Kevin Riordan’s Stare Press, particularly Stare Magazine, a publication focusing on irreverent and arresting graphic art and writing that ran from1976-1991. The show consists of issues of the magazine as well as books, posters, press sheets, photostats, and photographs. It also brings together recent and selected publications and works by some of the many Stare contributors, including Wayne Bertola, Mike Brehm, Elroy Christy, Peter Hannan, Bradley Lastname, Jean Riordan and the late Fritz Wolfmeyer. The show will be accompanied by the publication of a printed book that is part catalog and part transgression against the encrypted order of cataloguing. Stare steps on toes and gets up your nose by throwing its flyweight around without leaving the ground.

Kevin Riordan is a lifelong Chicagoan and long time staff and faculty member of Columbia College Chicago. A former art museum security guard, sock salesman and comic book production slave, he attended 6 post secondary schools including vocational training at the Boys Club, 1975, in printing, which he used to subvert American culture throughout the next few decades, through the publication of Stare magazine and other seditious editions and exhibitions.

 

Bred Press #1

Curator:

Brad Rohloff, 2014 Studio Fellow

Featured Artists:

Abe Lampert
Alabaster
Andy Burkholder
Ben Marcus
Danielle Chenette
Inés Estrada
Michael Olivo
Natali Koromoto
Nicole Ginelli

Dates:

07/19/2014 – 8/23/2014

Location:

The Printshop @ Spudnik Press

Opening Reception:

Saturday July 19, 2014 5:00-8:00pm

Press Release:

Bred Press is an artist books, comics, and zine publishing house located in Chicago. Started by Brad Rohloff in 2014, it provides a platform by which to support contemporary artists working within the medium of printed and published matter. Bred Box #1 is a printed suite of work by comics artists invited and published by Bred Press. The inaugural release of Bred Box will have Abe Lampert, Alabaster, Andy Burkholder, Ben Marcus, Danielle Chenette, Inés Estrada, Michael Olivo, Natali Koromoto, and Nicole Ginelli all with new offset lithograph prints. Bred Box comes in an edition of 150, packaged in a screenprinted envelope and numbered. Bred Box #1 will be for sale at the opening as well as individual prints from the artists.

The Wrong Story

Featured Artists:

Ali Aschman

Dates:

July 19 – August 23, 2014

Location:

The Annex @ Spudnik Press

Opening Reception:

Saturday, July 19, 6:00-9:00pm

Press Release:

The Wrong Story is a solo exhibition of relief and silkscreen prints made while Aschman was Artist in Residence at Spudnik Press from March through May, 2014, and an accompanying stop-motion animation created from the printed works. Aschman employs symbolic motifs such as ropes, braids, ladders and hands, which through intuitive association form a fractured narrative about moments of convergence and separation between individuals. She embraces incoherence and ambiguity to communicate the fragmented and uneasy experience of encountering another person’s reality. Limbs detach, bodies open to reveal hidden objects, peculiar figures gather among stepped archways, hesitating to touch, in an endless loop with no discernable climax or resolution. The Wrong Story wavers at the frayed edges of a narrative, unraveling the artist’s desire for both connection and solitude.

Artist Bio:

Ali Aschman is a Chicago-based artist whose practice encompasses printmaking, animation and installation, exploring forms of experimental narrative across media. She received a BA from the University of Cape Town in South Africa, and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has exhibited internationally in numerous gallery exhibitions and film festivals, and was recently inducted as a Visual Arts Fellow by the Luminarts Cultural Foundation. Ali will be spending the next few months at several residency programs around the United States, creating animations and works on paper.