Drink & Draw August 2018: Repeat Patterns with Orr Gidon

Did you ever wonder how wallpaper designers create intricate patterns that fit together seamlessly? Or have you ever wanted to make your own spunky gift wrap? If so, stop by our August Drink & Draw to learn some fun approaches to designing your own unique patterns, as elegant, devious, or wacky as you desire.

Guest artist, Orr Gidon, will guide us through a collaborative approach to pattern making inspired by M.C. Escher’s tessellations. Learn how to weave basic shapes and lines into a rich tapestry of marks and textures that captures everyone’s style, be it floral, squiggly, or geometric. If you fall in love with your design, perhaps you can return to Spudnik to turn it into curtains or gift wrap!

Orr Gidon is a freelance artist, designer, and fabricator living and working in Chicago. Their design work emphasizes principles of ergonomics, multi-functionality, and sustainability with a sculptural approach. In their 2D work, Gidon is stimulated by pattern, repetition of line, and shape to create visual movements and optical illusions. Within their 3D practice, Gidon explores concepts of change and movement through processes of material manipulation, employing wood, metal, and glass. Gidon earned their BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where they studied Printmedia and 3D Design & Fabrication.

Drink and Draw is a low-key drop-in social workshop devoted to drawing practices. There are no pretensions, no prerequisites, and newcomers are always welcome. Bring a sketchbook and basic drawing materials, and invite your friends! Drink & Draw occurs the first Wednesday of every other month and features a special theme and a guest artist. Admission to Drink & Draw is a $10 suggested donation. The event is BYOB, but we do have some wine and beer available with a donation.

An Evening with Richard Hull | Featuring Tim Daisy and Katinka Kleijn

Spudnik Press Cooperative, together with Fulton Street Collective, are pleased to present An Evening with Richard Hull, Featuring Tim Daisy and Katinka Kleijn. This special concert and print release event are organized on the occasion of a newly published limited edition of prints by esteemed artist Richard Hull, produced by Spudnik Press Cooperative.

As part of the invitational Fine Art Editions Program at Spudnik Press, Hull created a sugar-lift aquatint intaglio print. The work is comprised of concentric circles and loops, carefully arranged on top of one another and accentuated by repetitive forms to give rise to a harmonious potrait-like structure, titled “Spud”.

A longtime fan of jazz improvisation, Hull’s lyrical artwork, including selections from his recent exhibition at Western Exhibitions, will be featured alongside a rare musical performance by Chicago-based percussionist and composer Tim Daisy and reknown Dutch cellist Katinka Kleijn. Distinguished for their contributions to the field of improvised music, Daisy and Kleijn will delight our audience with a spontaneous composition in response to Hull’s work, as well as share a few personal anecdotes about their cross-disciplinary collaboration —all in the intimate environment of Fulton Street Collective’s space.

About the Artists:  

Tim Daisy is a percussionist and composer working in the fields of improvised and composed music. He has performed and recorded original music for modern dance, sound installations, film, and improvised music ensembles of various configurations since 1997. Daisy owns and operates Relay Records and also helps curate the weekly OPTION series at Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago.

Richard Hull is an accomplished artist with paintings, drawings and prints in numerous private collections. He has exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City; the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT; Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, OH; Portland Art Museum, OR; the Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH; and the Painting Center, New York, NY to name a few. Richard Hull is represented by Western Exhibitions, Chicago.

Katinka Kleijn defies today’s traditional definition of a cellist, transitioning comfortably through the styles of classical, experimental, contemporary, improvisatory, folk and progressive rock, as well as across the traditional fields of solo, chamber and orchestral performance. Kleijn is a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and is in frequent demand as soloist.

2018 Annual Member Meeting (+ Pizza Party)

Our Member Meetings brings together our community (you) to meet each other, learn from each other, and provide feedback and guidance for our organization.

The Annual Meeting is also when our members exercise their voting right by approving our Board’s nominations for new Directors. Our board is a committee of 7-12 generous supporters who work hard to ensure our long-term health and that we remain vigilantly work towards our mission.

Please RSVP to info@spudnikpress.org to help us order the right amount of food.

The Agenda:

  • Grab pizza and a beer (vegan and alcohol-free options available)
  • Strategic Planning Session: Envisioning the Future
  • Casting ballots for the Board of Directors
  • Art Spotlight: See and learn about artwork produced through our Publishing Program
  • Overview of upcoming events and opportunities
  • Shout outs: Share your upcoming events and exhibitions
  • Take our Annual Member Photo
  • Post-meeting drinks at On Tour.

Are you intrigued but not a member? Become a Spudnik Press member!

The Board of Directors Ballot



Bad Wedding

Honoring Miller & Shellabarger

Saturday, October 20, 2018
6:00 p.m.

Low Res
1821 W Hubbard
Chicago, IL 60622

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Featuring artwork by Amanda Williams,Elijah Burhger, William J O’Brien, Kay Rosen, Faheem Majeed, Claire Ashley, The Belknaps, Judith Brotman, Lilli Carré, Dana Carter, Richard Hull, Raeleen Kao, Chad Kouri, Miller & Shellabarger, Paul Nudd, Alice Tippit, Orkideh Torabi, Brittney Leeanne Williams, Judy Ledgerwood, and many more.

Host Committee:

Jennifer Ackerman, Jessica Cochran, Doug Fogelson, Scott Hunter, Kelly Kaczynski, Ryan LaFollette, Bianca Marks, Duncan MacKenzie, Aron Packer, Karen Reimer, and Tony Sarkees

Worst Wedding Attire Competition: Everyone encouraged to compete

Ticket Details:

All levels include complimentary hors d’oeuvres.

 Groom’s Table: $200
Open bar, artist-made wedding favor

Head Table: $80 Pre-sale / $100 after September 30
Open bar

Friend of the Family: $30 Pre-sale / $40 after September 30
One complimentary drink; cash bar

Thanks to our Bad Wedding Sponsors:


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Now More Than Ever | Opening Reception & Artist Talk

Please join us for the opening reception of Now More Than Ever, a solo exhibition featuring work by Emmy Lingscheit.

In Now More Than Ever, artist Emmy Lingscheit invites us to think about the idea and aesthetics of salvaging hope, shelter, and community out of repression, division, and catastrophe caused by rapid environmental change. Her prints offer a critique of entrenched systems and attitudes that contribute to environmental damage, amplifying social and economic inequality in the process.

Created specifically for this exhibition, and in addition to her framed work, Lingscheit hones in on the idea of a natural world out of balance through large-scale relief prints. These pieces are designed to yield prints that align edge-to-edge, repeating infinitely and building up to a visually overwhelming abundance that is both breathtaking and grotesque. Among the specimen featured in these large-scale prints are oyster mushrooms and a bloom of jellyfish, both of which may seem alien to us, but are situated to inherit the earth as we change it.

Now More Than Ever will be on view through December 29, 2018 at The Annex at Spudnik Press, 1821 W. Hubbard Street, Suite 302, Chicago, IL 60622.


Image (left to right): Emmy Lingscheit, Longitudinal Study, 2016; Mycoremediation, 2018 (detail).