A Conversation with Spudnik Press Resident Artist João Oliveira and Jessica Cochran

Join us for an evening of informal conversation with resident artist João Oliveira and writer and curator Jessica Cochran, as they discuss João’s residency project and his participation in the international artist exchange program Close to There < > Perto de Lá.

Little amusements: i’m going to love you, hold you, squeeze you, until you’re in tiny pieces is the result of the impression of plastic animals bodies, torn apart by the same method that I used as a child (and experimental medical coroner). after being misplaced and shredded, these animals undergo a heating process, developed by me to turn them into two-dimensional matrices that I print with the same procedures traditionally used on engraving, resulting in a kind of graphic stain; a unique mark of violence that links the author to his act.”

–João Oliveira, 2019

João Oliveira is a visual artist with a BA in Visual Arts from the Universidade Federal da Bahia (2011), and a Master’s in Creative Process in Visual Arts from the same university (2017). He is trained in lithography and metal engraving through the Workshops at the Museum of Modern Art of Bahia (MAM-BA). He works on the encounter of metal engraving with other supports, appropriating personal experience in order to create works with a forged autobiographical nature, obtained through small rituals of self-fiction.

Named a “curator to watch” by Chicago Magazine in 2013, Jessica Cochran has curated exhibitions for numerous venues and groups, including the Contemporary Arts Council, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Franklin, What it Is, the MDW art fair and Center for Book Arts in New York. For over seven years, I was a curator in academic galleries at Columbia College Chicago and Dominican University; in 2014 she was a participating fellow at the Association of Academic Museums and Galleries Leadership Institute at Northwestern University. She has developed innovative public programming as Director of Marketing and Programs at Art Chicago and NEXT: The Invitational Exhibition of Emerging Art, and organized the inaugural Converge Chicago: Contemporary Curators Forums.  Jessica also served on the board at Spudnik Press 2013-17.

Close to There < > Perto de Lá is an international artist exchange project between Comfort Station (Chicago, USA) and Projeto Ativa (Salvador, Brazil), in collaboration with Harmonipan (Mexico City, Salvador), made possible by the MacArthur Foundation International Connections Fund. By bringing members of these two artistic communities in proximity with one another, this project aims to gestate long-term artistic collaborations between the participants, share arts-organizing models from their respective socio-political-artistic contexts, and encourage creative discourse around ideas such as the African Diaspora and contemporary Latinx/Latin American identities.

The exchange will begin with a multi-disciplinary group of Salvador-based artists visiting Chicago August 9th – 29th 2019, carrying out a variety of programs, performances, and research through Comfort Station and its partner spaces across the city. In February of 2020, a group of Chicago-based artists will in turn visit Salvador to engage with the city’s creative landscape via Projeto Ativa’s network of artists and cultural institutions.

Image: Coma meu coração sem pena, enquanto é tempo, João Oliveira, 2012.

Puppets in Progress with Rough House!

Join us for a collaborative event with Rough House on Tuesday, August 13th from 7-9 pm!

Rough House is a multidisciplinary organization whose aim is to connect communities through art. They celebrate uniqueness through weirdness and foster connection through the even weirder. Together with Rough House, we will be merging minds about printing, visual art, and performing objects!

Puppets in Progress (PIPs) is a quarterly, informal forum for artists and puppeteers of any level of experience to bring fledgling puppet experiments to a non-judgmental audience for feedback and support. Bring whatever you’re working on and get encouragement and feedback from other Chicago puppet-folks!

Everyone is welcome: whether you are new to puppetry or a veteran with a new project; whether you are a dancer, comics artist, performance poet, teacher, lifeguard, or an engineer just curious about what puppetry looks like today! Bring a project, no matter how *Rough*, or just come for the conversation. There will be snacks provided and many supportive humans to meet!

Drink & Draw August 2019: Elevated Every Day Objects

What simple rituals guide your day? How do everyday objects affect how you move through the world?  For guest artist Atlan Arceo-Witzl, mundane objects and small events from everyday life are elevated through the ritual of daily drawing.

Atlan will help participants build a visual interpretation of an object, idol, or passion of your choosing.  Make a visual record of your daily routines through making a commemorative poster inspired by the bold bright bold shapes and colors of hand-painted signs in grocery ads. Bring a small object you’d like pay homage to, or allow yourself to be inspired by the everyday objects we carry with us–pens, ear buds, receipts, or whatever oddment have been bouncing around your book bag.

About the artist:  Atlan Arceo-Witzl is a Mexican-American visual artist and creator whose work is concerned with everyday rituals, icons, symbols, objects, and language. He is a recent graduate of Skidmore College with a BS in Studio Art, concentrating in relief printmaking, sculpture and drawing. He lives outside of Chicago in Oak Park, IL pursuing a career in the arts and enjoying the fascinating human game of communication. He is an alumnus of the Spudnik Press Fellowship Program.

Drink & 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.

 

A Conversation on Propaganda & Printed Matter

Panel Discussing with Andrea Carlson, Robert Cozzolino, and Chris Pappan

Throughout history artists have made images that affirm and challenge political beliefs. Printmaking has both been a vehicle for disseminating popular agendas and resisting dominant culture. Join Andrea Carlson (Resident Artist), Robert Cozzolino (Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Curator of Painting) and Chris Pappan (Artist) for a discussion on various histories of propaganda and printed matter.

This event is presented in conjunction with Andrea Carlson’s Summer 2019 Residency. New prints produced through the Spudnik Press Residency Program will be on view and released at this free public event. 

About the panelists:

Andrea Carlson is a visual artist currently living in Chicago, Illinois. Through painting and drawing, Carlson cites entangled cultural narratives and institutional authority relating to objects based on the merit of possession and display. Her work has been acquired by institutions such as the British Museum, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and the National Gallery of Canada. Carlson was a 2008 McKnight Fellow and a 2017 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors grant recipient.

Robert Cozzolino was born, raised, and studied in the Midwest. A native of Chicago, he earned his Ph.D from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a dissertation on Ivan Albright. In his work on American art he has emphasized regional diversity, integrating artists of Chicago, Wisconsin, California, and other areas into installations, thematic exhibitions and his scholarship. Dr. Cozzolino is currently the Patrick and Aimee Butler Curator of Paintings at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Prior to his current appointment, Dr. Cozzolino was the Senior Curator and Evelyn and Will Kaplan Curator of Modern Art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia (PAFA).

Chris Pappan is a Chicago-based artist of Kaw, Osage, and Cheyenne River Sioux heritage. His artwork is based on American Indian ledger drawings of the mid to late 19th Century, and through use of evocative imagery and mixed media, his work has an undeniable 21st Century twist. In 2015 he presented Account Past Due: Ledger Art & Beyond at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts. In 2016-19 the Field Museum of Natural History organized a show of his drawings and paintings called Drawing on Tradition: Kanza Artist Chris Pappan. His work is part of the permanent collections of the Spencer Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Native Art.

Image: Detail of work in progress by Andrea Carlson

Noah Breuer: CB&S Werkstätte | Opening Reception & Artist Demonstration

Please join us for as the artist lets us experience first-hand his process in pattern formation followed by an artist reception for CB&S Werkstätte featuring the work of Noah Breuer.

In his first Chicago solo exhibition, Noah Breuer presents prints and fabric wall hangings from his ongoing project that examines the visual legacy of “Carl Breuer and Sons” (CB&S), his Jewish family’s former textile printing business in Bohemia. The exhibition’s title, CB&S Werkstätte is a nod to the now-defunct family business that began in 1897 and was forcibly sold to Nazi-approved owners in 1942. Breuer acquired a rich digital collection of original CB&S designs and fabric samples during a 2016 research trip to the Czech Textile Museum and has used these images as the primary source material for his current work.  The exhibition features recent laser-engraved woodblock prints, large cyanotypes on cotton and an accompanying risograph-printed artist book published by Spudnik Press.   

In conjunction with the opening, Breuer will facilitate a demonstration that will allow exhibition attendees to use the laser-engraved surfaces of custom-built table-tops to make wax rubbings. Attendees may collaborate with the artist and produce new artworks inspired by the CB&S factory designs.  The table-tops will be displayed and made available for use through the duration of the exhibition. 

Noah Breuer:  CB&S Werkstätte will be on view through July 27, 2019 in 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.

Noah Breuer, laser-engraved surfaces mounted on custom-built table-tops.

Drink & Draw June 2019: Double Trouble Sketchbook Roadshow

Carlos Hernandez, visiting all the way from Texas, will get the ball rolling with FREE SKETCHBOOKS (compliments of Speedball) for all participants! Using your new sketchbook plus drawing materials, found imagery from magazines, newspapers and other print media, you will jumpstart your sketchbooks through exercises designed to push experimentation and free-flowing creativity. Like Jasper Johns said….”It’s simple, you just take something and do something to it, and then do something else to it. Keep doing this, and pretty soon you’ve got something. “

The work of Houston-based serigraphy artist Carlos Hernandez has designed and printed gig posters for such artists as The Kills, Arcade Fire, Kings of Leon, Santana, and more. Carlos is a founding partner of Burning Bones Press, a full-service printmaking studio in Houston.

Carlos will be joined by his collaborator, Bill Fick. Bill Fick is a printmaker who lives in Durham, North Carolina.  For the past 28 years Fick has been making super-graphic narrative prints that deal with a variety of satirical and sociopolitical themes. His current work focuses on monsters, clowns, misfits and low-life, characters that reflect society’s ever-growing anxieties and insecurities. These images are presented in a variety of forms including prints, posters and t-shirts.

Fick and Hernandez are also Speedball Art Products Professional Artist Partners and are touring the United States visiting university, professional and community print shops demonstrating printmaking techniques.

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.

Paper Trail: A Printmaking Journey In Time

Come explore alternate futures and pasts at our drop-in artmaking event, Paper Trail!

Each guest will construct their own personalized zine that investigates the future, the past, and storytelling. One copy of the zine will be ceremonially contributed to a community time capsule; a second copy can be taken home at the end of the evening. Participants will have the opportunity to try out both screenprinting and relief block printing to customize their adventure (and get hooked on printmaking).

This free community event is presented by Spudnik Press Fellows, Vidisha Aggarwal, Atlan Arceo-Witzl, Lisa Armstrong, and Lya Finston. They have collaboratively designed this festive evening to welcome friends and family (with and without printmaking experience) to stop by and check out Spudnik Press, to meet and make art with other print-curious individuals, and to speculate on the future of print through creative prompts that bring together science fiction and artmaking.

Ages 16+ are welcome. Guests are encouraged, but not required, to stay for the whole event.  

2019 Chicago Print Crawl

An annual, self-guided tour of printmaking production, publishing, exhibition and sales venues throughout the City of Chicago

Organized by Spudnik Press Cooperative

The Chicago Print Crawl offers a behind-the-scenes peek into Chicago’s vibrant printmaking industry. 36 eclectic printmaking venues throughout the city are inviting the public to stop by for a day of free activities including studio tours, print sales, hands-on art projects, gallery exhibitions, and printmaking demonstrations.

Chicago has been a hub for commercial printing since the late nineteenth century with dozens of mail order catalogs (Sears Roebuck and Co.), magazines (Time Magazine via RR Donnelley), and maps (Rand McNally) all produced in the area. While the printing industry has undergone tremendous change, the Third Coast continues to boast an impressive spectrum of print shops from private artist studios to commercial facilities to collectives and educational spaces. Some venues proudly house cast iron presses, tradition stone lithography, and analog processes. Other favor digital design, modern technology, or a blend of old and new. Connected to these distinctive production sites are a range of unique galleries, local businesses, and DIY spaces that bring printed items (i.e. stationary, fine art, books, posters, apparel, and more) to an audience of print-enthusiasts, art collectors, and anyone interested in craftsmanship and shopping local.

With open houses in neighborhoods from Evanston to McKinley Park and from Oak Park to Michigan Avenue, participants are invited to print their way through Chicago.

Additional details to be announced, such as times and locations for special events like print releases, talks, demonstrations, and hands-on workshops.

Participating Venues

2X1Y Studio
a. favorite design
All Star Press*
Anchor Graphics Archive and Chris Flynn at Columbia College Chicago*
Baker Prints*
Bert Green Fine Art
Candor Arts*
Chicago Printmakers Collaborative
Crosshair*
Current Location Press*
Dan Grzeca / Ground Up Press*
Depression Press*
Double Trip Press*
Elephant Room Gallery*
Expressions Graphics*
Fata Morgana Press
Flax Art and Frame*
free range
Galerie F
Halftone Projects*
Hoofprint*
Jeffrey Hirst Studio*
Lillstreet Art Center*
MAKE Letterpress Studio*
MANA Contemporary Chicago*
marimacha monarca press*
Matt Bodett and Megan Sterling
Neighborly
One After 909*
Renee Robbins Studio*
Rockwell Artist Collective*
Sonnenzimmer*
Spudnik Press Cooperative
Starshaped Press
Steel Petal Press
Weber Studio*

*first-time participant

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.