Posts Categorized: Exhibitions

PROOF: Fellowship Showcase

Featured Artists:

Nate Cubeta
Elise Forer
Tara Zanzig

Dates:

June 12 – July 12, 2014

Location:

The Printshop @ Spudnik Press

Opening Reception:

Saturday, June 28, 4:30-8:30pm

Press Release:

The inaugural artist’s of Spudnik’s Studio Fellowship Program are Nate Cubeta, Elise Forer, and Tara Zanzig, co-ordinated by Vanessa Delamorte.

“As pioneers of the program, we adopted PROOF as the theme for our concluding exhibition. PROOF references a printer’s prototype, a document of a step taken, and a collection of evidence. The exhibit will feature select individual works culminating through the fellowship and a collaborative installation of process and studio ephemera.”

Join the fellows to celebrate their work and get a taste of their process through live printing workshops and demos lead by Nate, Elise and Tara.

Artist Bios:

Tara Zanzig, under the moniker Tararchy, is a multi-disciplinary artist with an emphasis on non-traditional screen printing. Raised in South Florida, Tara moved to Chicago in 1998 to attend The School Of The Art Institute Of Chicago. She received her BFA in 2001. Post graduation, Tara immersed herself in the t-shirt printing industry for more than a decade, returning her focus to fine art in 2013.

“My work explores the concept and connection of mind-body-spirit to our existence and the natural world. It’s about an ideal state of being and our expression of this state through activities we are passionate about. The practice of yoga informs my work literally, while the concepts are symbolic and universal.”
www.tararchy.com/

Elise Forer is a printmaker and Minnesota native living and working in the Chicago area. Forer received her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM) in Moorhead, MN in 2013. In her time at MSUM she served as Studio Intern and Teacher’s Aide under John Volk in the printmaking studio, and the resident intern at the Hannaher Studio in the Plains Art Museum in Fargo, ND. Forer’s work has been shown in several exhibitions, including student shows juried by Curator Lisa Elder Melander and Michael Byzewski of Aesthetic Apparatus. Forer also operates Take Aim Press and Bindery which offers stationary, prints, and handmade boxes and books.
www.eliseforer.com

Nate Cubeta is a print artist from Boston, MA he received his BFA in Printmaking from Maryland Institute College of Art. His recent work comments on the sensation that role is sports in our society, with a visual focus on both the architectural and cinematic. He has interned at Spudnik in 2011 and taught a class on screen printing with photos in 2013.
http://cubetaprints.tumblr.com/

Oh, won’t you be my neighbor?

Curator:

Elise Forer, 2014 Studio Fellow

Featured Artists:

Kellie Hames

Dates:

05/10/2014 – ???

Location:

The Printshop @ Spudnik Press

Opening Reception:

Saturday May 10, 2014
6:00-9:00pm

Press Release:

Kellie Hames’ new body of work, “Oh, won’t you be my neighbor?”, debuts in The Printshop at Spudnik Press. Hames explores isolation and connectivity in the Midwest suburbs.

“I find it unusual that, despite the close proximity there is a distance between neighbors in these communities, especially among young individuals. I attribute this to modern advances, where technology allows us to communicate with those we choose and ignore others, and where a wider social connection corresponds directly to a more isolated personal connection.”

Born and raised in Minnesota, Kellie Hames attained her BFA in printmaking from Minnesota State University Moorhead in 2010. Pursuing her love for lithography, Hames applied and was accepted to the world-renowned Tamarind Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2011.  After successfully completing the second year apprenticeship Hames was awarded a Master Printer certificate from Tamarind Institute and to this day holds the record for the most editions pulled by a second year apprentice printer.

Her work has been exhibited nationally, most notably at the Plains Art Museum (Fargo, ND), The North Dakota Museum of Art (Grand Forks, ND) and the University of the Arts Gallery (Philadelphia, PA), among others. Hames is currently studying at Northern Illinois University and residing in DeKalb, Illinois.

 

Tenebris

Curator:

Nate Cubeta, 2014 Fellow

Featured Artists:

Kyle Tata
James Bouché

Dates:

04/12/2014 – 04/27/2014

Location:

The Printshop @ Spudnik Press

Opening Reception:

Friday April 18, 2014
7:00-9:00pm

Press Release:

In Tenebris, James Bouché and Kyle Tata engage in the historically grounded practice of taking objects in the studio and translating them into finished works. Paired, the selected works reflect two distinct approaches to the task that are unified by maintaining the integrity and substance of their chosen subjects. Bouché takes a tangible, action-oriented approach by using the physical half tone pattern of mesh fabric as both a surface treatment and a positive for screen printing. The prints are systematically layered so that we witness the disorder and variation produced from that repetition. The source object is clear and simple, yet the results are abstract and optically complex.

The images emerging from Tata’s studio are instantly recognizable and informed by contemporary still lives. He crafts the atmosphere, clarity and composition to reflect each object’s unique qualities; a meticulous, yet hazy composition of a drink ring and wishbones, sharp concrete forms and a deep darkness with subtle fauna. In 2014, Tenebris displays two young artists’ addition to the extensive canon of studio observation and still life.

 

In Clipping Signal

Curators:

Luke Daly, Spudnik Press Cooperative
April Sheridan,  Columbia College’s Center for Book and Paper Arts

Featured Artists:

Rosmarie Waldrop
Keith Waldrop
Gustave Morin
Michael Carr
Brandon Downing
Jen Bervin
Eric Unger
Norma Cole
Bailey Romaine
David Baptiste Chirot
Lewis Freedman
Barrett Gordon
Tom Ahern
Krista Franklin
Brett Brady
Kyle Schlesinger

Dates:

05/17/2014 – 06/28/2014

Location:

The Annex @ Spudnik Press

Opening Reception:

Saturday May 17, 2014
6:00-9:00pm

Press Release:

In Clipping Signal is an exhibition of new and selected works by poets involved in the dual practices of writing and making visual collage. The show explores the connections between the practice of collage and its role in the formal, semantic and imaginative landscapes of contemporary poetic practice. The materials in the exhibition will consist of visual works as well as a publication consisting of images and writings exploring the intersections of poetry and visual art.

 

Good Vibrations

Curator:

Tara Zanzig

Featured Artists:

Joey Potts, Austra, and Chema Skandal

Dates:

03/08/2014 – 03/30/2014

Location:

The Printshop @ Spudnik Press

Opening Reception:

Saturday March 8, 2014
6:00-9:00pm

Press Release:

Brutal winter, right?! Break out of the winter doldrums and get some Good Vibrations going over at Spudnik with the March show in the print shop featuring a few of Chicago’s best: Joey Potts, Austra, and Chema Skandal! Each artist’s work uniquely uses character in bright color palettes creating an environment of good good good…good vibrations.

This opening is a very special one as each artist has donated a one color design that you can print right there at the show! Try your hand at screen printing, support Chicago’s artists, hang out and have some fun. We hope to see you there!

Joey Potts works with a wide variety of media to create illustrations, animations, graphic prints, paintings and collage.  His influences include classic cartoons and animation, skateboarding, renaissance art, toys, religious iconography, abstract art, science fiction, movies, psychedelic art, music, and natural phenomena.

Austra is a painter, both street and studio. It’s not always smiles, but it’s all good. Austra’s characters showcase her distinct cartoon style. While cool and playful on the surface, her work explores a wide range of experience, the yin and the yang, and what it is to be.

Chema Skandal is a graphic artist, painter, and screen printer. His enthusiasm for popular music and images of the last century are evident in his body of work ranging from gig posters to outdoor murals.

 

Adaptation Arrangement Microsoft Word Document

Featured Artist:

Daniel Luedtke

Dates:

03/08/2014 – 04/18/2014

Location:

The Annex @ Spudnik Press

Opening Reception:

Saturday March 8, 2014
6:00-9:00pm

Press Release:

Adaptation Arrangement Microsoft Word Document is an exhibition of primary materials, aesthetic research and development for an upcoming experimental narrative film tentatively titled All Over – Now. Within the film, 3 interwoven narratives explore how aging, illness and self-documentation inherently create dilemmas of authenticity. As a means to aestheticize this research, the works in this exhibition consist of normally veiled aspects of film pre-production including props, set pieces, soundtrack notation paintings, screen printed storyboards and an artist book/screen play. The exhibition will close with a casting audition to be held within the space on April 18th of 2014.

Hannah Ireland: Walking Driftward

Featured Artists:

Hannah Ireland

Dates:

01/18/2014 – 02/22/2014

Location:

The Annex @ Spudnik Press

Opening Reception:

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

Press Release:

Walking Driftward is a solo exhibition of monoprints and cut paper constructions made while Hannah Ireland was Artist in Residence at Spudnik Press from September to November 2013. Ireland’s work at Spudnik Press was based on exploring and creating around a hiking trip in Spain and Portugal in the summer of 2013 – specifically walking portions of the long distance hiking track the GR11, which follows the peak of the Pyrenees, and El Camino de Santiago del Norte, a pilgrimage route along the northern coast of Spain to Santiago de Compostela. The work combines recognizable imagery from the landscapes visited – which are tangible, real, and lasting – with abstracted imagery from the subjective memory of her experience there – which is enigmatic and changes with the passing of time. Sketches, writing, postcards, and photographs from her trip are the reference material for the series of mixed media prints. Layered with ink, watercolor, and monotype, her work to mimic the way memory and experience influence and overgrow factual geographies. Walking Driftward moves beyond the documentation of a journey into an examination of the fluidity of memory, intertwined with a spirit of wanderlust.

The Holes Is How We Got Through: New work by Veronica Siehl

Featured Artists:

Veronica Siehl

Dates:

11/02/2013 – 11/29/2013

Location:

The Annex @ Spudnik Press

Opening Reception:

Saturday November 2, 2013 6:00-9:00pm

Press Release:

The Holes is How We Got Through is a solo exhibition of cyanotypes and letterpress broadsides made while Veronica Siehl was Artist In Residence at Spudnik Press from June to August, 2013. Drawing influence from daily life and observation, Siehl’s handset poems are a nod to life’s transient moments. Her narrative writing unravels to reveal themes of transformation, potential, longing and transference. Homage is paid to the emotions that transcend our daily lives to take on a life of their own. Through pairing the repetitive process of letterpress with the fluidity of cyanotype, the broadsides are at once ethereal and palpable. Shadow is used as both metaphor and a means to capture, transfer and record, thus becoming a stand-in for memory. The Holes is How We Got Through is pause and breath, glimpse and invitation.

Site and Source

Featured Artists:

Jaclyn Jacunski

Dates:

10/4/2013 – 10/25/2013

Location:

The Annex @ Spudnik Press

Opening Reception:

Friday, October 4, 2013, 6-9pm
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Press Release:

Site and Source is a solo exhibition including many works that were made while Jaclyn was Artist In Residence at Spudnik Press Cooperative in Chicago from March through May 2013. Beginning with the plastic fencing and other found objects taken from an abandoned lot near her home, Jacunski uses the impression of these materials to create new work. At times it is a physical impression, resulting in a sculptural artwork. Other times, it is an impression left on her mind, resulting in a hand-written artwork that takes the form of a chain link fence. Jacunski sees Chicago vacant lots as a common part of life on the west and south side. The lots are clear visual makers that stand out from other parts the city. The physical expressions in these locations reflect the social, political, and financial networks that bind the community or divide us from one another. These urban spaces hold many implications in everyday life – in the actions one takes, in the decisions one makes, and in the crisis we weather.

Jaclyn Jacunski lives and works in Chicago. She received her M.F.A. in Printmedia from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and a B.F. A. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, trained at Tandem Press. She has taught at SAIC and Harrington College of Design. Her artwork explores protests and acts of resistance in local communities, examining how they manifest in signs, in the landscape, and media.

Charlie Megna: Lost Tribes of Renni

Featured Artists:

Charlie Megna

Dates:

6/15/2013 – 8/02/2013

Location:

The Annex @ Spudnik Press

Opening Reception:

Saturday, June 15, 2013, 6-9pm

Press Release:

Heavily influenced by Eastern philosophy, Native American rituals and American skate culture, Charlie Megna’s colorful gouache and gold-leaf paintings combine loaded, symbolic motifs with the banal, the humorous and the commonplace. In these tribe paintings, we recognize glimpses of sacred ceremonies that feel familiar, but that expand with closer inspection into mystery and secrecy. In addition to the paintings, Megna creates costumes and physical relics to further realize the world of his tribes, and is preparing a small-run artist’s book of myths and alphabets to accompany this show. When exhibited along with the paintings, these surrounding materials combine to take the shape of an anthropological exhibition comprised of the real artifacts of an imaginary society.

Neanderthal Planet

Featured Artists:

Liz Born
Gabe Hoare
Caleb Plattner
Luke Daly
Brandy Barker
Veronica Siehl

Dates:

8/10/2013 – 9/13/2013

Location:

The Annex @ Spudnik Press

Opening Reception:

Saturday, August 10, 2013, 6-9pm

Press Release:

Attn: SalvageCore; Science Division A.Centauri

The remains of an ancient research vessel have been intercepted in orbit of 51 Pegasi C. Our records indicate that this privately chartered, pre-ansible ship was launched 30 centuries ago on a colony mission during the Terran Diaspora. Preliminary scans indicate prodigious flora of an unknown classification. Prepare for Bio-quarantine Protocol 6. Recovery of the vessel is immanent; status of crew: unknown. Report for debriefing at SpaceHUB1821

Neanderthal Planet is a print-based installation, time capsule, and anthropological anomaly. Travel there firsthand at the Annex. Refreshments will be served.

New Work from Liz Born, Gabe Hoare, Caleb Plattner, Luke Daly, Brandy Barker & Veronica Siehl

Long-Arm Stapler First Aid Exhibition: Self-Care In Zines and Mini Comics

Curated by:

Liz Mason and Neil Brideau

Featured Artists:

Edie Fake, Rinko Endo, Kathleen McIntyre, Ramsey Beyer, Liz Prince, Dina Kelberman, Sara McHenry, and more.

Dates:

4/20/13 – 5/31/13

Location:

The Annex at Spudnik Press

Opening Reception:

April 20, 2013, 6:00 – 9:00pm

Press Release:

Care is a disquieted state of mixed uncertainty, apprehension, and responsibility; a suffering of the mind; painstaking and watchful attention, maintenance, charge, and supervision. Self-care and first aid places these concerns towards oneself with a DIY mentality. Long-Arm Stapler First Aid brings together an assortment of zines and comics that address health-related issues ranging from mental to physical, personal to societal, and preventative to regenerative. These largely self-published works address, at times, incredibly personal experiences, usually with a large dose of wit.

Unlike a film or a painting, readers of zines and comics are able to engage with these works at their own pace, choosing when they are ready to confront the next page. Perhaps this is what allows authors to broach difficult, and often very personal, topics with great breadth of emotion, honesty, and clarity. Through the combination of words and images, artists are able to rely on multiple modes of communication to bring together the tangible and the cerebral. Often the very act of making a zine is considered a therapeutic caring action.

This exhibition of largely self-published works tackles self-care from many angles: health, grooming, food preparation, self-defense, coping strategies, defense mechanisms, mental or spiritual development and even soul enrichment. At their core these pieces suggest we must be our own advocates for our own health and well being.

Long Arm Stapler First Aid will also include a limited edition exhibition zine, compiled by Liz Mason, encompassing relevant self-care themes in zines and mini-comics such as: heal- ing, grief, fitness, and medical issues, and a limited edition screenprint by Ramsey Beyer, published by Spudnik Press.

In honor of self-publishing as a means to foster well-being, Spudnik Press is proud to host this exhibition featuring dozens of zine makers from across the country, including Edie Fake, Rinko Endo, Kathleen McIntyre, Ramsey Beyer, Liz Prince, Dina Kelberman, Sara McHenry, and more.

Liz Mason is the manager of Quimby’s, as well as the editor and publisher for Caboose.
Neil Brideau is comics artist and comics sommelier at Quimby’s, as well as an organizer of CAKE, Chicago’s Alternative Comics Expo.

*Image Credit to Dina Kelbermann