I Will Love You Forever/Hans + Eva Rausing 4/1/12-7/10/12 – Opening Reception

A Solo Exhibition by Jake Saunders

I Will Love You Forever/Hans + Eva Rausing 4/1/12-7/10/12 is a body of work by Chicago artist, Jake Saunders. In this series of etchings, the artist employs events surrounding a three month period in the relationship between Eva and Hans Kristian Rausing. These works mine for aesthetic tropes and symbolism while occupying landscapes reminiscent of European Romantic Era artists such as Fuseli, Gericault and Goya. Amalgamating these events and symbols with those of his own life, Jake conveys the deeply personal through the veil the Rausings. Merging the idiosyncratic with that of the publicly known, Jake contemplates love, anxiety, loss and the malleability of narrative.

I Will Love You Forever/Hans + Eva Rausing 4/1/12-7/10/12 will kick-off with a Gallery Talk with Jake Saunders at 6:00 p.m. on March 3, followed by the Opening Reception.

I Will Love You Forever/Hans + Eva Rausing 4/1/2012-7/10/12 is the second of three Residency Exhibitions, a series of solo exhibitions that feature the 2016 Spudnik Press Resident Artists and the new work they each produced through the Spudnik Press Residency Program.

Drink & Draw April : Memes

In this internet age, where binge watching an eight-season television show in a single weekend is common and celebrated, and videos are shared and forgotten in no time at all, it can be difficult to make sure your references land. The last thing you want to do is face the awkwardness of telling a friend that you’re “back at it at Krispy Kreme” only to be met with blank, unknowing stares. Join us for a night of art to celebrate all the pop culture references that we love, and make some art based on your favorite shows, memes, movies and other assorted internet ephemera. We’ll provide the materials and guidance from talented (and hilariously quirky) artist Alicia Obermeyer; you provide your very specific sense of humor!

Alicia Obermeyer is an artist living and working in Chicago. Her projects include one-off drawing zines and immersive installations investigating celebrity, camp, and femme iconography with a psychotic cartoon aesthetic. She exhibits in local small press expos with a collective of artists called “Pubes & ‘Tudes.” Recently she has released a collaborative drawing book with two other artists, and is co-editing an anthology of drawings by regional femme freaks to debut at CAKE. She co-organizes a DIY art space called Learning Machine, located in Bridgeport.

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.

I’m calling from a great distance

A Solo Exhibition by Alex Kostiw

I’m calling from a great distance, through a variety of miniature and postcard-sized prints, large-scale artworks, and an artist’s book of indecipherable texts, relates the communications between a lighthouse keeper and an interplanetary explorer. The work explores the tension between physical distance and the closeness that technology can create; memory; and the scale of humanity. The prints are divided into two series. One details a sequence of a woman turning around. The other depicts planets and abstracted landscapes. The gallery becomes as a space for this two-part story to unfold.

During recent travel, Kostiw’s interest in immeasurable spaces shifted from metaphorical interior or mental spaces to physical ones. She was drawn to parallels between explorers in history who crossed oceans and the speculative exploration of other planets. She finds intrigue in the gut-wrenching contrast in size between the ocean or space and the individual, as well as in exploration as an expression of, and cause for, longing.

Throughout her practice, Kostiw’s interest is as much in what a story presents as in what it does not—in what is not said or done, as in what is. Oceans and outer space are settings that sharply highlight the inconsequentiality of humankind, but also our need for intimacy and our yearning for connection at the heart of the story.

I’m calling from a great distance will kick-off with a Gallery Talk with Alex Kostiw at 6:00 p.m. on April 7th, followed by the Opening Reception.

I’m calling from a great distance is the last of three Residency Exhibitions, a series of solo exhibitions that feature the 2016 Spudnik Press Resident Artists and the new work they each produced through the Spudnik Press Residency Program.