Posts Categorized: Past

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.

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!

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.

Call for 2016 Exhibition Proposals

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO SUNDAY APRIL 3, 2016.

Our gallery space, The Annex, offers opportunities for our members and guests to see world-class artworks in the fields of printmaking, drawing, writing, bookmaking or DIY publishing. We are particularly interested in shows that explore areas of overlap or communication between these media. Our Exhibition Archive demonstrates the range of exhibitions supported by Spudnik Press Cooperative.

Artists and curators are invited to submit proposals for solo or group exhibitions. We accept submissions from both members and non-members.

For More Details:

Download our 2016 Call for Exhibition Proposals our Guide for Curators.

Timeline:

Proposals due: Sunday, March 27, 2016
Applicants will be notified: by May 1, 2016
Press Release and Marketing Materials due: June 1, 2016
Exhibition Dates: August 12 -September 24, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, August 12, 2016

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 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. For group exhibitions, 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.

Please direct any questions to angee@spudnikpress.org.

Members: Join our 2016 Exhibition Committee!

Calling all members! Spudnik Press Cooperative is seeking a committee of members to help drive and enhance our Exhibitions Program.

Exhibitions at Spudnik Press present new artworks, provide curatorial opportunities, and explore areas of overlap or communication between printmaking, drawing, writing, bookmaking or DIY publishing. But most importantly, we strive for exhibitions to provide true benefit to our members by introducing our community to new artists, art forms or approaches to printmaking, and through creating crucial dialog and a context for community building among our members.

By introducing an Exhibitions Committee, we invite members to lead this process and have literal say in the artwork and artists we exhibit, and the additional programming that we develop in conjunction with each exhibition.

Download our 2016 Exhibitions Committee Overview

What is involved?

1) Review digital exhibition proposals. Proposals will be sent approximately 10 days prior to an in-person meeting.

2) Attend an in-person Exhibition Review meeting on April 20, 2016, 6-8pm. Through a combination of discussion and voting, the Committee will select one proposal (plus an alternate) that will be offered as a Fall 2016 Exhibition in the Annex.

3) The opportunity to suggest additional exhibitions and provide feedback on the mission and goals of our Exhibition Program.

4) Provide additional volunteer support for one of the fall exhibitions. Responsibilities include working with the artist(s) to develop a corresponding public program that augments the exhibition, assisting with exhibition design and installation, developing and producing a limited edition print or artist book, assisting with marketing, social media, staffing the Artist Reception, and documenting the exhibition.

Requirements:

1) Must maintain a current membership at Spudnik Press Cooperative between April and December 2016.

2) Must be able to attend the Exhibition Review meeting scheduled for 4/20/16, 6-8pm.

3) Strongly encouraged to volunteer and additional 4 hours in the development of the selected exhibitions. Committee members will be able to request volunteer activities that best suite their skills and interests.

To Apply:

Email angee@spudnikpress.org. Please include your name and phone number. Please note, the exhibition committee is first come, first serve. If response exceeds our capacity, a wait list will be formed.

Call for Participants: Temporal Tantrum Print Exchange & Exhibition

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO FEBRUARY 1

Spudnik Press is very excited to announce its first print exchange since 2012 curated by Thorsten Sahlin. Temporal Tantrum is an opportunity for printmakers to examine the universal, yet highly subjective, experience that is the passage of time. Whether you view time as a four-dimensional exercise in simultaneity, or as the linear tick tock of a watch, you are invited to contribute to this timely print exchange.

This member print exchange highlights artwork by 17 members of the Spudnik Press community as well as selections from 3 artists beyond our immediate membership whose artwork addresses the themes of the portfolio.

The portfolio culminates in an exhibition at Spudnik Press Cooperative, and each participant will receive a complete portfolio with 20 prints in a protective portfolio case.

Download the Prospectus

Temporal Tantrum Details

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? The Temporal Tantrum print exchange is an opportunity for artists to examine their own perception of time, and to investigate it through their preferred printing process.

Theme: Temporal Tantrum
Curator: Thorsten Sahlin
Paper Size: 11” x 14”
Medium: Fine art print; No digital prints.
Number of Participants: 20
Edition Size: 23 signed and numbered prints
Participation Fee: $20 payable to Spudnik Press upon acceptance*
*Fee covers the cost of the colophon and portfolio case.

Spudnik Press Members: Participation is open to the first 17 members to respond. Email Thorstensahlin@gmail.com. Please include name, website, and phone number.

Non-Members: Email Thorstensahlin@gmail.com. Please include name, CV, website, phone number and 2-3 work samples. Samples should be aesthetically comparable to the work you intend to contribute to the exchange.

Timeline:

Deadline to Apply: February 1, 2016
Notification (Non-Members): January 17, 2016
Drop Out Deadline: April 10, 2016
Deadline to Receive Prints: May 15, 2016
Exhibition: June 17 – July 30, 2016
Artist Reception: June 17, 6-9pm

Sweet Paper Dreams: Member Art Sale Exhibition

This year’s winter art sale, Sweet Paper Dreams, features an exhibition of print-based work made by our members. All work in this exhibition is for sale.  Proceeds will directly benefit both Spudnik Press and the individual artists.

Hours through December 23, 2015:
Mondays: 6:00 – 10:00 pm
Tuesdays: 12:00 – 5:oo pm
Wednesdays: 12:00 – 5:00 pm
Thursdays: 12:00 – 5:00 pm AND 6:00 – 10:00 pm
Fridays: 12:00 – 5:00 pm
Saturdays: 1:00 – 5:00 pm

Featured Artists:

Julia Arredondo / Moon Bang / Angela Davis Fegan / Steve Gehm / Margaret Hitch / Germaine Jordan / Andrea Kaspryk / Angee Lennard / Carrie Lingscheit / Judith Mayer / Dutes Miller / Margaret McGill / Barlow Nelson / Angelika Piwowarczyk / George Porteus / Brad Rohloff / Hannah Ross / Nicolette Ross / Joanne Vena / Molly Whedbee / Don Widmer / Miden Wood /  Tara Zanzig

Dates:

12/1/2015 – 12/31/2015

Location:

The Annex @ Spudnik Press

Opening Reception:

Sweet Paper Dreams: 4th Annual Winter Art Sale

Friday December 4th, 2015
7:00 – 10:00 pm
Free

 

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