Eternal Recurrence: New Editions from Spudnik Press Cooperative | Opening Reception & Talk

Featured Artists: Carris Adams, Claire Ashley, Judith Brotman, Elijah Burgher, Holly Cahill, Lilli Carre, Dana Carter, Tom Christison, kg, Jonathan Herrera, Richard Hull, Anita Jung, Raeleen Kao, Chad Kouri, Benjamin Larose, Judy Ledgerwood, Faheem Majeed, David Leggett, Caroline Liu, Jereon Nelemans, Paul Nudd, William J. O’Brien, Roni Packer, Steve Reinke, Kay Rosen. Alice Tippit, Orkideh Torabi, Amanda Williams, Brittney Leeanne Williams

Eternal Recurrence: New Editions from Spudnik Press Cooperative features prints by 28 artists who recently developed new print-based projects through the Spudnik Press Cooperative Residency and Publishing Programs.

The Spudnik Press Cooperative Residency Program provides artists unfettered studio access to produce a new body of print-based work. For the first time in 2018, the Residency Program was open to national artists in addition to local artists. Renowned printmakers Anita Jung and Tom Christison travelled from Iowa City to be our first regional visiting artists.

The Spudnik Press Cooperative Publishing Program invites artists representing a variety of contemporary disciplines—ranging from painting and drawing to performance and experiential art making—to develop a fine art print in collaboration with professional printers at Spudnik Press.

Together, these programs provide entry point into the unique facets of printmaking, such as its historical and cultural roots as a social art practice and its role in contemporary art practices.

The phrase Eternal Recurrence is borrowed from Steve Reinke’s print entitled Eternal Recurrence of Shame from his series featuring absurd, crude, humorous, and poetic aphorisms and short phrases. Reinke’s piece references a phenomenon Nietzsche calls “eternal recurrence” in a passage from The Gay Science. In the passage, Nietzsche asserts that existence may recur in an infinite cycle as energy and matter transform over time.

The artists included in this exhibition maintain a wide range of studio practices and experiential art making. Eternal Recurrence reflects the continual transformation of ink and paper to reflect artists’ visions and honors the act of creation as a continuous process responsive to a particular time and place–a particular recurrence of the infinite possibilities.

The work in Eternal Recurrence features screenprinting, relief, letterpress, intaglio, and monoprinting techniques, using a range of traditional and nontraditional materials and bringing together an impressive collection of artists. Each prints reflects the artist’s vision and dedication to their individual practices while showcasing the creative, analytical and technical processes of art making.


Eternal Recurrence: New Editions from Spudnik Press Cooperative will be on view through May 25, 2019 at The Annex at Spudnik Press, 1821 W. Hubbard Street, Suite 302, Chicago, IL 60622.

Gallery Hours
Tuesday – Friday, 12 – 5 p.m.
Monday & Thursday 6 – 10 p.m.
Saturday 1 – 5 p.m.
or by appointment

Image: Cerulean Blue Series #2, kg, 2017

Drink & Draw April 2019: Portraits That Pop!

Flex your illustrative portraiture skills by focusing not on photorealism, but a more approachable process of using your natural style to create interesting stylistic portraits.  Guests are encouraged to bring photos of people to illustrate, be it family, friends, or famous folks. Or maybe you want to bring a selfie for an alternative headshot! Plus, we’ll have magazines on hand to browse for reference imagery.

Guest artist, Nick Lacke, well known for his pop-cultural references, will lead participants through a variety of illustrative technique using pencils, pens, calligraphy tools and markers on Bristol board. The end result: Eye-catching portraits that really pop!

Nick Lacke is a designer and illustrator living in Chicago, Illinois. He is a Senior Visual Designer at Sprout Social and a compulsive illustrator for his art practice. His work focuses primarily on portraits, pop-culture, and irreverent political commentary. Comics, horror and sci-fi films, and an overbearing love of cats heavily influence him.

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 $15 suggested donation. The event is BYOB, but we do have some wine and beer available with a donation.

Heavy Metal County Fair: 9th Annual Hashbrown Chili Cook-Off

Rock out with your crock out

All-You-Can-Eat Chili | Open Bar | Printmaking Midway Games | Cotton Candy | Face Painting | Heavy Metal Country DJ | & More

Spudnik Press is pleased to announce its 9th Annual Hashbrown Chili Cook Off—Heavy Metal County Fair! Join us as 18 chefs from local organizations, businesses, and Spudnik’s own members compete for the trophy. Between tastes of chili, enjoy plenty of printmaking carnival games, classic county fair snacks, all-ages face painting, and so much more.

Featured Chili Chefs:

Returning Chefs
Barrel Maker Printing
Candor Arts
Chicago Printmakers Collaborative
Chili Chums
Comfort Station
North Branch Projects
Fata Morgana Press
Hoofprint
Rohner Letterpress

First Time Competitors
2X1Y Studio
Bad at Sports
Chicago Printers Guild
Columbia College Chicago
Moon Orbit Spudnik Board
North Pole
One Design Company
Platform Studios
Simple Bean

Tickets

All levels include unlimited chili, drinks, and games.

General Admission: $35 Pre-sale / $40 Door
Artists: $20 Pre-sale / $25 Door
Youth: 16 & Under: $8 Pre-sale / $10 Door

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Drink & Draw February: Magazine Mash Up

Sponsored by Virtue Cider

Up your cut & paste game with simple but elegant techniques to incorporate found images into drawings. Channeling surrealist artists like Magritte, Dali, and De Chirico, you’ll be invited to build magical environments from the pages of National Geographic and other glossy periodicals.

Guest Artist, Michelle Richardella, will share a few unique ways to transfer images (using packing tape and the eco-friendly cleaner, Citrasolv) from books and magazines to create a foundation for your own drawings and painting. The unpredictable nature of the process often adds a dreamlike or magical quality to the page that can then be collaged, drawn, or painted back into.

Get more milage out of your favorite magazines–please bring along back issues of magazines that might be fun to manipulate.

Michelle Richardella is an artist, educator, and community organizer based in Chicago. She works in many different creative environments. Her work comes to life in the lessons in her classroom, her sketches out in the city streets, her watercolors on her travels, or in the collaborations with her artist friends.  Her work can be described by the fluid line work, vibrant colors, and explosions of paint. Whether it be imagined abstractions or expressive depictions of a subject, at the core of her work, she investigates the world, and her art documents the journey.

Virtue Cider: Gregory Hall founded Virtue Cider in 2011. He is known for his 20-year tenure as brewmaster at the Goose Island Beer Company, having won 14 consecutive Great American Beer Festival medals and pioneered bourbon barrel-aged beer with Bourbon County Stout. In the spring of 2011, Hall left Goose Island and embarked on a two-month pilgrimage to study the craft of cider, touring and tasting at top cidermakers in England and France. He brought his extensive experience and innovative style to launch Virtue Cider.

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.

Non-Constants: Ashley Freeby & Jesse Meredith | Opening Reception & Artist Talk

Please join us for a brief artist talk followed by an opening reception for Non-Constants, an exhibition featuring work by Ashley Freeby and Jesse Meredith.

Emerging from recurring conversations about access, authenticity and authorship, artists Ashley Freeby and Jesse Meredith make artwork around and through one another’s experiences, from outside of their own cultural backgrounds. Over the course of a year, they have worked in one another’s studios, traded primary research sources and conducted a series of structured conversations about their own personal experiences. Non-Constants presents recent work that has stemmed from this exchange.

Many of their collaborative artworks address racialized experiences in the United States and transpose them with survivalism and defensive preparation. Using a technique of doubling, one artist produces a piece through synthesis of conversations and research, and the other re-makes it, displacing its context.

At a time of polarization and broken lines of communication, Non-Constants asks viewers to consider the impact of their own presence in the environments they inhabit, to reclaim permission to be inquisitive and open, and think outside of individualized experiences.


Non-Constants will be on view through March 16, 2019 at The Annex at Spudnik Press, 1821 W. Hubbard Street, Suite 302, Chicago, IL 60622.

Gallery Hours
Tuesday – Friday, 12 – 5 p.m.
Monday & Thursday 6 – 10 p.m.
Saturday 1 – 5 p.m.
Or by appointment.

 

Non-Constants: Ashley Freeby & Jesse Meredith was selected by the Spudnik Press Member Exhibitions Committee.

Image: Ashley Freeby & Jesse Meredith, And What Are We Up To This Evening?, 2018, graphite, acrylic, digital collage, 14″ x 28″

Drink & Draw December 2018: Hand-Lettered New Year’s Resolutions with Jenna Blazevich

It’s hard to believe, but the holiday season is upon us! What better way to wrap up the year than surrounded by friends in the comfort of Spudnik’s studio, with a drink or hot cocoa in hand, while crafting your new year’s resolutions for 2019?! Join guest artist Jenna Blazevich as she helps you transform your resolutions into hand-lettered, visual works of art that you can display in your home or workspace all year round!

In addition to showing you some hand lettering tips and techniques, Jenna will also demonstrate how to include illustrations and doodles into your design. We’ll have an assortment of drawing utensils for you to dabble with, such as markers, brushes, ink, but also feel free to bring your own favorite materials.

Chicago-based artist Jenna Blazevich is the founder and designer behind the independent and collaborative, multi-disciplinary studio Vichcraft. With a focus on visual storytelling, Jenna strives to craft charmingly unique brand experiences. Vichcraft currently focuses on building small, meaningful brands, and partnering with their purpose-driven leaders to build an authentic visual identity. Jenna’s background in textiles and pattern-making continues to inform her approach as a graphic designer and feminist artist.

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.

From Concept to Exhibition Panel Discussion

Spudnik Press Cooperative is pleased to present “From concept to exhibition: How to get your prints out into the world,” a panel discussion that explores the strategies employed by artists and print publishers to produce and share their work with others. Learn of different approaches and techniques to distribute your work from experienced printmakers, and discuss the methods professionals use to attract collectors and develop audiences for printmaking in Chicago and beyond.

About the Panelists and Moderator:

Ben Blount | Artist, Designer, Printmaker
Ben Blount was born and raised in Detroit. He is a designer and letterpress printer that loves type and putting ink on paper. Sometimes he turns what he prints into books. His work explores questions and race and identity and the stories we tell ourselves about living in America. Truth tellers and rabbler rousers in all areas of popular culture inspire his work—from Dave Chapelle and Kara Walker to Mos Def and Amos Kennedy.

Deborah Maris Lader | Director, Chicago Printmakers Collaborative
Deborah Maris Lader is the Founder and Director of the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative since 1989, and member of the touring Altfolk band, Sons of the Never Wrong. Deborah exhibits her prints, drawings, photography, and mixed media artwork internationally, and her work appears in many permanent collections. At the CPC, Deborah wears many hats – gallery director, dealer, curator and occasional publisher.

Thomas Cvikota | Director, ETC-Industries
Thomas Cvikota has 45 years of experience publishing fine art limited editions and marketing the results to global clients and institutions. He has organized numerous exhibitions, has shown at international art fairs, and offers art consulting services. His company ETC-Industries is located at Mana Contemporary in Chicago.

Moderator: Bert Green | Director, Bert Green Fine Art
Bert Green is the director of Bert Green Fine Art gallery in Chicago, which represents and exhibits emerging and mid-career artists, and publishes limited edition lithographs, letterpress, and photographic prints.

Pictured Above: (top row, left to right) Bert Green and Deborah Maris Lader; (bottom row, left to right) Thomas Cvikota and Ben Blount.

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).

SPC Annual Benefit: Bad Wedding

Pre-Sales have Ended.
Please grab your tickets at the door! See you tonight!

Honoring Miller & Shellabarger

Spudnik Press is ecstatic to honor Miller & Shellabarger at our Annual Benefit: Bad Wedding. Dutes Miller & Stan Shellabarger were our very first artists in residence and have been influential contributors to Spudnik Press over the past decade. From building studio equipment to inviting otherwise non-print artists to collaborate in the shop, we thank Miller & Shellabarger for their tireless support of the press.

Saturday, October 20, 2018
6:00 p.m.

Low Res
1821 W Hubbard
Chicago, IL 60622

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New Editions by: Amanda Williams, Elijah Burgher, William J O’Brien, Kay Rosen, Faheem Majeed, Claire Ashley, Judith Brotman, Lilli Carré, Dana Carter, Richard Hull, Raeleen Kao, Chad Kouri, Miller & Shellabarger, Paul Nudd, Alice Tippit, Orkideh Torabi, Brittney Leeanne Williams, Steve Reinke, and Judy Ledgerwood.

Plus Artwork by: Mark Booth, Liz Born, Helen Maurene Cooper, Doug Fogelson, Dianna Frid, Michelle Grabner, Andrew Holmquist, Laura Letinsky, Jordan Martins, Richard Rezac, Oli R0driguez, Scott Stack, Ruby T, Scott Wolniak, Derrick Woods-Morrow, and The Belknaps.

And Artwork by Spudnik Press Members: Julia Arredondo, Elke Claus, Ben Garbus, David Krzeminski, Lialia Kuchma, Carron Little, Yasaman Moussavi, Jill Ruzicka Novak, Emily Shopp, Junli Song, and Tara Zanzig.

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: $100 
Open bar

Friend of the Family: $40
One complimentary drink; cash bar

Pre-Sales have Ended.
Please grab your tickets at the door! See you tonight!

Thanks to our Bad Wedding Sponsors:

            Big Delicious Planet | Full-Service Catering, Canteen & Urban Farm | Chicago, IL

Please check out our Sponsorship Opportunities!

Drink & Draw October 2018: Halloween Misadventures in Ink with Colleen Hardison

Afraid of ugly lines? Frightened you’ll make bad art? Guest artist Colleen Hardison has tricks and treats to help you dust of your drawing skills and discover the perfectly imperfect!

Painting with ink is a great way to make haunting Halloween drawings that embrace unpolished or crude marks. Through experimentation with varying line making techniques and layering ink, you will incorporate accidents and bloopers into your work and creative process.

With Halloween-themed displays, found images, and ample inks and paper, you will be able build your confidence with quick sketches and ultimately turn your doodles into frankenstein masterpieces.

Colleen Hardison received her BFA in Illustration from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She is a freelance illustrator and framing consultant. Her work focuses on naiveté, folklore and how weird it is to be alive. To learn more about Hardison and her work, visit her website or follow dammitcolleen on Instagram.

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.

Image Credit: Colleen Hardison, Tattoo Hunk, 2018.