Spring 2017 Member Meeting

Spudnik Member Meetings allow our diverse community of printmakers to connect through the sharing of artwork, artist opportunities, and collaborative initiatives.

For our Spring 2017 meeting we have a SUPER SPECIAL AGENDA planned:

  • 2017 Member Driven Equipment Fund
    • Cast the final VOTE on how we should spend our $500 starter fund.
    • Learn about upcoming fundraising opportunities
    • Help the EFC plan the Member Birthday Party (June 29, venue TBD)
  • Our new SP-25 Vandercook Letterpress!
    • Print a limited edition commemorative broadside poster using our NEW collection of wood type! This mega-babe of a press has been in her new home in the Spudnik Press studios for a little over a week now, and she can’t wait to introduce herself!

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.

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 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.

2017 Hashbrown Chili Cook-Off & Carnival

ONLINE PRE-SALES HAVE ENDED – TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR.

All-You-Can-Eat Chili  |  Sweet & Savory Tamales  |  Printmaking Carnival Games | Audience Choice & Jurors Choice Awards | Silent Auction | Music by DJ Pickled Beets


Saturday, February 25, 2017
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm


Guest Chefs:

Returning Chefs:
Chicago ACT Collective
Chicago Alternative Comics Expo
Chicago Design Museum
Chicago Printmakers Collaborative
CHIRP Radio
Homeroom

First Time Competitors:
Candor Arts
Cul de Sac Press
Double Trip Press
Fata Morgana Press
Hoofprint Workshop
Metal Magic Interiors
Metropolitan Brewing
Transit Residency
Team Chi-Chi-Chili
The Birthday Bash Printing Dash Team
Plus More Spudnik Member Teams

All levels include unlimited chili and games.


VIP Package: $40 Presale / $45 Door
Open bar, limited edition “Spud-Mug”, golden spoon

General Admission: $20 Presale / $25 Door
Two complimentary beverages

Youth: 12 & Under: $10
Complimentary non-alcohol beverages

Download the Press Release

With thanks to our beverage sponsor: 

 ArtisanalNoCrest

Winter 2017 Member Meeting

Join us for our first quarterly Spudnik Member Meeting of 2017. This gathering will be held in the Spudnik Annex on Wednesday, February 15th from 6:00p-8:00p.

Spudnik Member Meetings allow our diverse community of printmakers to connect through the sharing of artwork, artist opportunities, and collaborative initiatives. Share your ideas for how we can make Spudnik (and your membership) best support you and your art-making!

On The Agenda:

What’s NEW in 2017
We will briefly discuss our new Studio Membership options, monthly and special event volunteer opportunities, weekly artist-driven critiques, and much more!

The 2017 Hashbrown Chili Cook-off and Carnival
Our all-you-can-eat chili fundraiser is only a few weeks away on Saturday, February 25th. Let’s chat about all of the chili-slinging, ring-tossing, print-making, fund-raising excitement!

Birthday Bash Printer’s Dash 
Our 10 Year Anniversary Steering Committee members Stephen Desantis, Jill Rusicka, and Angelika Piwowarczyk, will be presenting the eagerly-awaited plans for Spudnik’s summer fundraiser and celebration on June 3, 2017. It’s time to save the date, get excited, and get involved!

2017 Equipment Fund 
We want to hear what YOU would like to see improved, upgraded, and added to our studio in the coming years. Cast your vote & make a difference. Learn about upcoming member-driven fundraising efforts that will make your dreams become a reality!

Printers “Show & Tell”
Each member meeting, we invite a Spudnik Press member to share their artwork and discuss their art practice.

Paper to Plastic – Opening Reception

A Solo Exhibition by Viraj Mithani

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.

Paper to Plastic will kick-off with a Gallery Talk with Viraj Mithani at 6:00 p.m. on February 3, followed by the Opening Reception.

Paper to Plastic is the first 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 February 2017: Comfort Foods

Groundhog Day approaches, and the duration of our already long Chicago winter could stretch into March without warning. Don’t fret just yet! Spudnik has the perfect cure for your winter woes. On February 1st, we invite you to a comfy and cozy mid-winter Drink & Draw to help fight back the frost with friends and food.

Our host this month is illustrator and cartoonist, Robert Kelsey. Food is a frequent feature in his art, both in the subject and in the media. From screenprinting Bouillon faces onto tortillas, to figure painting with balsamic vinegar and coffee, he seeks to explore the edible and inedible aspects of his favorite meals. So come on down, bring a hot meal, and practice your observational drawing skills. Spudnik will provide a variety of drawing tools and supplies, including pens, pencils, markers and more.

Robert Kelsey is a new graduate of DePaul University, where he studied animation and game design. He has written and illustrated many comics and zines, and has been a guest at several zine festivals around the midwest. His work combines the macabre or uncanny with the approachability that often comes with the cartoon medium.

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.

PRIVATE: Ink & Drink Art Party

As a celebration of our supportive community and a thank you to our generous donors who contributed $100+ to our Community Challenge end-of-year fundraiser, we are throwing an art party! Come by the studio for drinks, appetizers, and hands-on printmaking projects.

Guests will be invited to check out a variety of project stations and experience the allure of printmaking first hand. At each press, our guests can try their hand at operating the press and pulling a print. Spudnik members will be on call to share current projects and their favorite printmaking processes. Open bar and ample sweet and savory treats will ensure that everyone feels great while making art.

(Printing can be inky, but we’ll be sure to provide aprons and keep things pretty spiffy. Casual and business attire are both appropriate.)

This is a private event for our donors who supported us at the $100+ level between 11/29/16 and 12/31/16. Want to join us? Make a Tax-Deductible Donation

 

Drink & Draw: December 2016–Ornamental Doodles

Deck the Halls with hand crafted ornaments this holiday season!

Spudnik Press invites you to join us for a merry celebration of doodles, folds, and paper cutting with guest artist and former Spudnik Studio Fellow, Carla Fisher Schwartz. We are stocking the studio with colored pencils, markers, pens, an array of colorful paper choices and an assortment of cut & fold ornament templates. Carla (who happens to be a paper-folding guru) will share a few folding tricks and encourage guests to elevate their doodles to elegant one-of-a-kind eco-friendly holiday ornaments.

Carla Fisher Schwartz is a visual artist and educator interested in the relationship between the mapped image and contemporary notions of exploration, virtuality, and the simulated environment. She received her MFA in Visual Arts from Washington University in St. Louis, where she was awarded the Bell Cramer Award in Printmaking, and her BA in Studio Art from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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.

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