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Onsmith Dog Stew & Monkey Nudd Wine


Onsmith Dog Stew & Monkey Nudd Wine

An Exhibition of Collaborative Prints by Paul Nudd and Onsmith, Spring 2009 Artists in Residence at Spudnik Press, Chicago.

Friday, July 10th – Thursday, August 6th, 2009
Opening reception: Friday, July 10th, 6 – 10PM

Spudnik Press is pleased to announce a new exhibition of work by our Spring 2009 Artists in Residence, Paul Nudd and Onsmith. Ice cream, buzzing flies, cow udders, double-tongues, fishing tackle, jarred brains, twisted limbs and floating heads. These are all things Onsmith & Nudd. Three separate suites of prints meld these two artists’ signature styles into a cartoonish netherworld of darkly comic doom. Witness the mushy quadruple-stacked heads that form the menacing totem pole-like Head Heaps. Or the freshly staked heads and weird diseased udder worship of Monkey Nudd Wine. Onsmith & Nudd made close to 1000 prints this year, plenty to sift through, scour and pick apart with a fine toothed comb.

As an extra added bonus, visitors are invited to participate in Onsmith & Nudd’s newest collaborative body of work, Horde of the Flies: An Infestation. Many large sheets of paper will be provided so that Spudnik’s guests may draw between 1 and 1000 flies that will eventually culminate in a massive swarm of pesky winged insects. Examples, materials and sources will be provided.

Paul Nudd was born in Harpenden, England in 1976. He graduated in 2001 with an MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Recent exhibitions include Jack the Pelican Presents, Brooklyn, Western Exhibitions, Chicago and the Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago.

Onsmith is a cartoonist and illustrator living in Chicago. His comics, prints, and illustrations have appeared in The Chicago Reader, The Portland Mercury, The Common Review, Oxford American Magazine, Hotwire Comics (Fantagraphics Books), Vice Magazine, Graphics Classics, both volumes of Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons & True Stories, and may also be viewed at He most recently began showing his art in galleries as well as curating a show of comics.

Spudnik Press
Gallery hours: Mondays & Thursdays 6:30 – 11PM, or by appointment
1821 W. Hubbard, Suite 308
Chicago, IL 60622

July Drink & Draw: Comix


Drink and Draw

Theme: Comix

Wednesday July 1, 2009
Pabst Blue Ribbon provided (or BYOB)
Suggested Donation: $5

@ Spudnik Press
1821 W Hubbard, Suite 308
Chicago, IL 60622

Drink and Draw is our monthly night devoted to drawing practices. There’s no teacher and no pretensions. We provide a theme for the evening and plenty of PBR. Attendees provide a sketchbook and drawing utensils. Please come, and bring your friends while your at it.

We will have lots of comics to look at, a non-competative challenge to come up with the best charector, and templates to make some awesome comic strips!



Spudnik Press Fundraiser Party!

Celebrate & Support 2 years of printmaking

Saturday, June 6, 2009
6 pm – 1 am

6 – 10 pm: Silent Auction
10 – 1 am: Party (with DJ)
Door: Free!

Happy Dog Gallery
1542 N Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622

Press Release:

Spudnik Press will celebrate its 2nd Anniversary with a silent auction followed by a party at Happy Dog Gallery located at 1542 N. Milwaukee Avenue. Donations will be accepted at the door to help fund Spudnik’s artist’s residency, weekly open studios, community outreach programming, supplies, classes and workshops.

The Silent Auction will include art from Sonnenzimmer, The Post Family, Paul Nudd, Jeremy Tinder, Elke Claus, Oli Watt, Sue Coe (donated by Anchor Graphics) and many more. The auction will start at 6pm and winning bidders will be able to pay (with cash or check) for the artwork at 10pm. In addition to the auction, there will be collaborative prints from Miller and Shellabarger and Nudd and Onsmith, our past Artists in Residence, available for sale. Proceeds from these sales will directly support the Residency Program. All purchased prints can be taken away that evening.

Live music and free air hockey games begin at 10pm.

There will also be an information booth featuring information about printing at Spudnik Press, as well as a small press publication table, featuring books, cards, and handmade items by artists who work at Spudnik.

T-shirts designed and screenprinted for the occasion by Sanya Glisic will be available for guests donating $20 or more. Miniature artwork dispensed from a gumball machine will be available at 25 cent each.

May Drink and Draw: COLLAGE


Drink and Draw

Theme: COLLAGE!!!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Pabst Blue Ribbon provided (or BYOB)
Suggested Donation: $5

@ Spudnik Press

1821 W Hubbard, Suite 308
Chicago, IL 60622

Bring some magazines, photocopies, pictures, maps, ephemera, etc, use as a starting point for a drwing or spend the night cutting and pasting. You are encouraged to bring imagery and objects to share. I. E. GET RID OF SOME MAGAZINES.

Drink and Draw is our monthly night devoted to drawing practices. There’s no teacher and no pretensions. We provide a theme for the evening and plenty of PBR. Attendees provide a sketchbook and drawing utensils. Please come, and bring your friends while your at it.

Tender Twenties Print Exchange

Opening Reception: Saturday, March 7TH, 6-10PM

Closing Reception & Open House: Saturday, March 28TH 6-9PM

Gallery Hours: Mon & Thursday 6:30-11pm, or by appointment.

If you were born after 1979 and before 1988, you must be a twenty-something. Twenty-somethings weren’t around for the Kennedy assassination. Didn’t gape at the Watergate scandal. Didn’t cheer on the space race. But these people born between the years of 1979 and 1988, will shape the future, despite not being around for the past.

What defines this demographic? What qualities are projected onto 20-somethings or what are 20-somethings projecting? What does it mean to be in this tender age of budding adulthood? Are we young, and naive, or grown and insightful? And if we addressed this in our art (do we address this in our art?), what would it look like?

Spudnik Press decided to find out. We invited 20 “emerging” artists from Chicago and beyond to participate in the print exchange Tender Twenties.

Featured Artists:

Andrew Blair
Julie Boehmer
Kinsey Brady
Scott Campana
Caroline Carlsmith
Alicia Corman
Lenora Ditzler
Brianna Edwards
Brianne Farley
Chelsea Ann Goodwin
Sarazen Haile
Julia Vodrey Hendrickson
Megan Klawitter
Georgeanne Louise Krampien
Angee Lennard
Laura Mariposa
Ryan O’Hean
Sarah Pargulski
Rachel Pollak
Andy Schmidt
Jessica Taylor

Spudnik Press Turns One: Celebration and Fundraiser

Saturday, June 7, 2008 7pm-2am
Gallery opening: “3-Dimensional Prints”
Air Hockey Tournament & Dance Party

Spudnik Press hosted a night of festivities on Saturday, June 7th to celebrate our first year as Chicago’s alternative, cooperative printmaking studio. 3-Dimensional Prints was a group show featuring 23 artists from Chicago and beyond using a variety of printmaking methods atop a blue and red 3-D grid. When these prints are viewed through snazzy Magic Viewing Glasses, the images vibrate and pop off the page.

The Spudnik Press Air Hockey Tournament helped raise funds to allow Spudnik to have a residency program. Applications for residencies will be available July 1st. Players took home prizes ranging from silkscreened posters to journals to votives, etc etc… Jeremy Tinder won the raffle for a free month of open studios at Spudnik Press.

At 10pm, we kicked off the dance party. Good times were had to celebrate the first year of printiness here at Spudnik.

Spudnik Press Print Bazaar

Dec. 1, 2007, Spudnik Press hosted its first print bazaar. It was a cold night; icy and fridgid. But plenty of people braved the weather to see what Spudnik Press is all about. More than 20 printmakers showcased their artistic skills to help support the printshop as well as themselves. Hand-printed items included T-shirts and band posters in addition to traditional prints on paper. Prints were also available for 25 cents from a vending machine. The Cimena Periscope, created by Tim Weidelman, featured the work of Alexander Stewart and Lilli Carré (work will be on display through the end of 2007). The etching press was set up to print monoprints. About 40 prints were pulled through out the night. Laura Williams provided vegan treats like carrot cake, brownies, and bean dip.

Spudnik Press Grand Opening

One of One: Prints Like No Other

On June 8th, Spudnik Press celebrated its official opening with an exhibition of prints displaying ways that artists have used the medium of printmaking to make one of a kind images, much like painters and printmakers. "One of one: Prints Like No Other" challenged viewers to questions the misconception that prints are made to make multiples. The artwork ranged drastically in type of process, style, scale, and presentation, but all were one of kind work, and utilized printmaking as a tool to create a unique end product not achievable by any other process.