Shelter In The Speculative | Virtual Reception & Artist Talk

Brief Artists Talks by:
Sam HensleyDutes Miller (Miller & Shellabarger), Kianni Pleasant-Bey, Joshi Radin, Don Widmer, and Teresita Carson Valdez

Additional Artist featured in the Exhibition:
Yasaman Moussavi

For the 2020 Member Exhibition, Juror Ruby T has selected artworks that have a powerful physical presence: works that feel like a form of shelter, or are an extension or impression of the artist’s own body. During the pandemic, and mass movements for revolution, this exhibition asks: What kinds of physical and relational structures will we need, or need to build, in order to survive? How will the warmth and softness of our bodies guide us?

Join a selection of the artists whose artwork is featured in Shelter In The Speculative: New Works by Spudnik Press Members for a virtual tour of the exhibition, brief artist talks and a conversation with guest juror, Ruby T

Zoom Meeting ID: 966 4803 1564


Shelter In The Speculative will be on view through January 6, 2020 at Spudnik Press, 1821 W. Hubbard Street, Suite 302, Chicago, IL 60622.

Image Credit, clockwise from top left:

  • Yasaman Moussavi, Revelation 2, 2019, handmade paper and screenprint (detail)
  • Kianni Pleasant-Bey, Fever Dream, 2019, mixed media (detail)
  • Joshi Radin, Cardboard Record 006, 2020, monotype (detail)
  • Teresita Carson Valdez, A Novena for the Plague, 2019, screenprint, silk, dye discharge (detail)
  • Sam Hensley, Little Like Yourself, 2019, animatronic sculpture and zine (detail)
  • Miller & Shellebarger, Untitled 2, 2019, pressure print
  • Don Widmer, Darkness and Light: Words of Etty Hillesum, 2020, artist book (detail)

Drink & Draw [VIRTUAL]: Hearing Hands with Robert Stokowy

Guest Artist: Robert Stokowy

How can a drawing convey a sound?
How might a drawing double as a score for music?
How can the act of listening open up new creativity in your art practice?

Robert Stokowy invites you to slow down and tune in to your auditory imagination, to inspire unexpected drawings based on sound art he will share with us. We will also look at contemporary artists who create visual art based on sound, and vice versa. Starting with recordings from the medieval city of Malta, Robert will inspire us with a rich collection of abstract and ambient sounds, tones, and textures from his own field recordings. Analog sound effects will include a live composition he will mix live for us during the event.

Robert believes that deep listening can be a clarifying and generative part of the artistic practice, and that we all have an intuitive ability to make creative associations between sounds and images. By breaking a soundscape down into simple shapes, lines, textures, and relationships, we can open up a new visual vocabulary. Your drawings might range from minimalist abstract doodling, to complex pattern making, to a setting or landscape to match the soundtrack. 

Zoom Meeting ID: 94184301278

Suggested Materials

  • your favorite things to draw with
  • headphones (for hearing binaural sounds in the recordings)

Drink & Draw [Virtual] is a low-key drop-in social workshop devoted to staying creative from home. There are no pretensions and newcomers are always welcome, so invite your friends to join! Each Drink & Draw [Virtual] features a new guest artist and a new theme or project that uses pencil, paper, and everyday household supplies. Don’t have a sketchbook? Hosts will help you improvise. Find us on Zoom, a free app for your phone or computer. And of course: BYOB! 

Love the experience? Pitch in to our Venmo Tip Jar (@spudnikpress) to directly support the featured artist and Spudnik Press Cooperative. 

Drink & Draw [VIRTUAL]: Still Life with Anders Zanichkowsky

Guest Artist: Anders Zanichkowsky

Join us for a relaxing night of drawing your favorite objects at home.  Spudnik’s own Anders Zanichkowsky will lead a series of creative still life exercises that are perfect for any experience level and are designed to bring mindfulness, catharsis, and discovery to anyone’s drawing practice. He thinks of still lifes as portraiture, of the objects and the artist alike. For inspiration as we work, Anders and will share some of his favorite poetic readings about this universal form of observational drawing.

The activities will range from minimalist line drawings to before-and-after diptychs of altered and transformed objects. You might use this event to make postcards for loved ones, fill a bunch of pages in your sketchbook, or work on a single finished drawing or sketch for a longer project.

Suggested Materials

  • Pencils, pens, markers, charcoal, etc.
  • Paper, blank postcards, sketchbook, etc.
  • Optional: tTablet for digital drawing
  • FavoriteAny objects from your home, big or small
  • Optional: Tablet for digital drawing

Zoom Meeting ID: 971 5832 6881


Drink & Draw [Virtual] is a low-key drop-in social workshop devoted to staying creative from home. There are no pretensions and newcomers are always welcome, so invite your friends to join! Each Drink & Draw [Virtual] features a new guest artist and a new theme or project that uses pencil, paper, and everyday household supplies. Don’t have a sketchbook? Hosts will help you improvise. Find us on Zoom, a free app for your phone or computer. And of course: BYOB! 

Love the experience? Pitch in to our Venmo Tip Jar (@spudnikpress) to support Spudnik Press Cooperative. 

Re-Envisioning Chicago’s Budget

Guest Artists: Lucia Calderon-Arrieta and Anders Zanichkowsky

Tips to be split with The Love Fridge

The Chicago City budget is under scrutiny for the disproportionate level of funds invested in the police department ($1.7 Billion per year; 40% of the entire budget*). How might art, writing, and poetry help us envision other ways to invest in our city and the citizens of Chicago? What would the city look like if you were in charge of where to invest resources?

Maybe you want to explore a future with funds reallocated to things like housing, health care, and education. Maybe you want to explore more fantastical or playful futures; or your own unique take on urban planning. What inventive community resources would you like to see our city invest in? 

This kind of collective imagining is a powerful and necessary tool for conjuring a new reality that could make policing obsolete. Not from Chicago? Please join us to work on a new vision for your own community that centers the margins and allows everyone to thrive!

Anders Zanichkowsky will lead us in some word-mapping exercises to write our way to a different future, and Lucia Calderon-Arrieta will guide drawing activities that illustrate our new visions. Using any drawing, painting, or writing materials that you have on hand, you could make postcards to send to your Alderperson, start drafting a larger artwork or poem, or simply use this process to clarify your own thoughts on this issue and have better conversations with friends and family.

*Here is a comparison between the police budget and other health and human services budgets (Credit: Black Lives Matter Chicago and @Olivialovelier.)

To R.S.V.P. e-mail anders@spudnikpress.org.
Zoom Meeting info will be shared prior to the event.

Suggested Materials:

  • Drawing or painting materials (pencils, pens, crayons, paints, paper, sketchbooks, fabric, etc.)
  • Thicker paper or cardboard for postcards

Drink & Draw [Virtual] is a low-key drop-in social workshop devoted to staying creative from home. There are no pretensions and newcomers are always welcome, so invite your friends to join! Each Drink & Draw [Virtual] features a new guest artist and a new theme or project that uses pencil, paper, and everyday household supplies. Don’t have a sketchbook? Hosts will help you improvise. Find us on Zoom, a free app for your phone or computer. And of course: BYOB! 

Love the experience? Pitch in to our Venmo Tip Jar (@spudnikpress).

 

Drink & Draw [VIRTUAL]: Fhdydyejdvubsjwv Enchanted: Idea Generating & Digital Collage

Guest Artist: Erin Hayden

Artist and poet Erin Hayden will help us tap into our unconscious by exploiting the randomness of technology to create unplanned—and unplannable—works of art. We’ll start with collaborative and often hilarious writing exercises, as well as automatic writing and the auto-fill feature, to inspire, generating content, and guide our digital collage making. Looking together at found images, we’ll use drawing as a way of “note-taking” for new marks and visual ideas that we can add to our  compositions. You can create your collage using free software (as well as “analog” materials) or watch along as Erin shares her own process and methods in Photoshop to create an original artwork with us.

Erin Hayden is an interdisciplinary artist predominantly working in painting, performance, poetry, video, and installation. Her work has been exhibited in various cities across the US and abroad including at Stony Island Arts Bank, and Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea Torino. Solo exhibitions of her paintings and video work has been shown at Mana Contemporary Chicago, and Randy Alexander Gallery. She has been an artist resident at the Ragdale Foundation, the Banff Center for Arts and Creativity, Chicago Artists Coalition, and is a Luminarts Fellow. She has been featured in reviews and publications such as, Frieze, Chicago Tribune, Lori Waxman’s 60wrd/min art critic, and NewCity Art as a 2018 Breakout Artist. She received her MFA in Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University and is currently living and working in Chicago.

Zoom Meeting ID: 938 7251 5453

Suggested Materials

  • Smartphone
  • Computer or tablet

Optional Materials

  • “Analog” collage materials (magazines, photographs, old journals, junk mail, scissors, glue, tape, etc.)

Drink & Draw [Virtual] is a low-key drop-in social workshop devoted to staying creative from home. There are no pretensions and newcomers are always welcome, so invite your friends to join! Each Drink & Draw [Virtual] features a new guest artist and a new theme or project that uses pencil, paper, and everyday household supplies. Don’t have a sketchbook? Hosts will help you improvise. Find us on Zoom, a free app for your phone or computer. And of course: BYOB! 

Love the experience? Pitch in to our Venmo Tip Jar (@spudnikpress) to directly support the featured artist and Spudnik Press Cooperative. 

E/AB Fair Online |October 14 – 28

Spudnik Press Cooperative we will be exhibiting at the 2020 E/AB Fair Online from October 14 – 28, 2020. Spudnik Press Cooperative is among 64 distinguished shops and publishers gathering together virtually to present our latest creations by emerging and mid-career contemporary artists in a safe online environment.

The Spudnik Press booth will exhibit recent print from our Publishing Program, including Candida Alvarez, William J O’Brien, Elijah Burgher, Ryan Travis Christian, Brendan Fernandes, Arnold Kemp, Alice Tippit, and Amanda Williams.

Editions/Artists’ Books Fair has been New York’s premier showcase for the discovery of new and contemporary prints, multiples, and artists’ books for over 20 years now.

The fair will launch on October 14 with brand new viewing pages for each exhibitor on eabfair.org. Links to each exhibitor will give you personal access for additional insights and purchases.

Visit the Spudnik Press Viewing Room

For updates and more information about, please visit  eabfair.org.

Blue Print: Annual Benefit and Auction for Spudnik Press Cooperative

Head over to the auction, and place your bids today! Auction closes October 18th, 8:30 p.m. CST

Online Benefit Auction
Launches: Saturday, October 3, 2020, 8:30 p.m. CST
Closes: Sunday, October 18, 8:30 p.m. CST

Virtual Variety Show:
Saturday, October 3, 2020
7:00 – 8:30 p.m. CST
Online Live Stream for ticket holders

As much as we yearn to throw our cherished annual art party in person, our 2020 celebration will not be contained by the walls of our venue.

But we all know Spudnik is not just a building. We are the place where artists build from. We are a community. To continue this work, we need your help to strengthen our plans for the future! 

We are inviting you to Blue Print: where your support will be turned into new designs, fortifications, and visions–not just for the future of Spudnik, but for the futures of the artists that rely on our studio.

Our Virtual Variety Show will bring world-class entertainment to your home with spectacular acts, unveiled secret talents, and live printmaking from the studio. Featured artists include: Maddison Wise & Kevin Michael Wesson, Kelly Boner, Fred Sasaki & Family, Estephany Guzman, Selina Trepp, Sam Hensley, Chad Kouri & Andy Hall, Nadine Nakanishi & Nick Butcher, and Erin Hayden. At the end of the evening, we will draw the winning raffle ticket for a one-of-a-kind Michelle Grabner cyanotype!

If that’s not enough, our Variety Show will play host to a live auction including artwork made night-of, a unique Spudnik-themed equipment opportunity, and an Amanda Williams print. You do not want to miss it!

This one-of-a-kind online fête will double as a launch party for our longstanding Annual Auction! Collectors can bid on artwork across many mediums including prints published by Spudnik Press and a selection of Blue Print exclusive cyanotypes, as well as handmade goods, homewares, and experiences. For artist-donated items, up to 25% of each final bid will directly support the artist.

As a vital support structure for printmakers, Spudnik has always been one of the most flexible and accessible in the country, with many doorways into our studios and many new projects using us as their foundation. 

Blue Print is just the beginning of how we will thrive in this new era through providing space for the visions of our community to thrive.

New Editions By: Antonia Contro, Erin Hayden, Steve Reinke, and Selina Trepp

Plus Artwork By: Julia Arredondo, Leslie Baum, Théo Bignon, Ben Blount, Liz Born, Elizabeth Burke-Dain, Holly Cahill, Zachary Cahill, Zoë Charlton, C.C. Ann Chen, Hyegyeong Choi, Ryan Travis Christian, Stevie Cisneros Hanley, Sue Coe, Claire Dain, Celeste DeLuna, Matt Demers, Edie Fake, Bill Fick, Marc Benja, Tony Fitzpatrick, Sanya Glisic, Adriane Herman, Cody Hudson, Carol Jackson, Jaclyn Jackunski, Vesna Jovanovic, kg, Won Kim, Jaime Knight, Chad Kouri, Dave Krzeminski, Abe Lampert, Bobbi Meier, Benjamin Merritt, Dutes Miller, Jessie Mott, John Neff, Erin Jane Nelson, Betsy Odom, Jason Pickleman, B. Quinn, Brad Rholoff, Temporary Services, Miller & Shellabarger, Stan Shellabarger, Veronica Siehl, Hugh Spector, Orkideh Torabi, Lisa Vinebaun, and Toshi Yoshida

Host Committee: Myron Beasley, Barry Blinderman, Holly Cahill, Jessica Cochran, Chris & Carrie Flynn, Aron Gent & Betsy O’Brien, KG, Adriane Herman, Scott Hunter, Jaclyn Jacunski, Anita Jung, Kristin Korolowicz, Steve Reinke & Brian Jones, and Edra Soto.

Ticket Details:

Baby Blue Builder: $50 per household

  • Admission to Blue Print: The 2020 Spudnik Press Annual Benefit Virtual Variety Show
  • 2 commemorative coasters

Cyan Contractor: $150 per household

  • Admission to Blue Print: The 2020 Spudnik Press Annual Benefit Virtual Variety Show
  • 2 commemorative coasters
  • Spudnik-exclusive DIY cyanotype kit 
  • Raffle ticket for the Michelle Grabner cyanotype

Midnight Architect: $500 per household (Only 10 available)

  • Admission to Blue Print: The 2020 Spudnik Press Annual Benefit Virtual Variety Show
  • 2 commemorative coasters
  • Spudnik-exclusive DIY cyanotype kit 
  • Raffle ticket for the Michelle Grabner cyanotype
  • Gift package with handmade items from Spudnik members and a home beverage kit delivered to your doorstep in time for the Virtual Variety Show. Details forthcoming.

Raffle Tickets: $10 each

  • One of a kind cyanotype created by Michelle Grabner. Each ticket earns you an opportunity to win the one and only cyanotype, created at Spudnik Press. Buy extra tickets to boost your chances! Tickets will be drawn during the Virtual Variety Show. You need not be “present” to win. 

Psychic Readings from an Interdimensional Being: $20 each

Graphic Design by Zakia Rowlett

Drink & Draw [VIRTUAL]: Altered Records

Guest Artist: Ashley Houghton

Artist, printmaker, and athlete Ashley Houghton uses collage throughout her own practice, altering the “official” records she finds in mass media and popular photography to change the narrative about culture and values, particularly about women in sports. We will use found materials and new drawings to change the context and content of existing stories, including political and social issues we want to reframe from their typical depictions. We’ll use the power of erasures as much as additions, and consider collage as an act of “writing” with visual media. This way of engaging with materials is both fun and therapeutic, helping clarify our opinions and articulate important ideas: from current events in the news, to drawings in our old sketchbooks.

Zoom Meeting ID: 958 7393 1114

Suggested Materials

  • Old drawings, sketches, sketchbooks, desk calendar, letters, etc.
  • Magazines, newspapers, photographs, boxes from consumer goods, bills and junk mail, stamps, etc.
  • Cutting tools (scissors, Xacto blades)
  • Tape, glue, or sewing thread
  • Pens, pencils, crayons, markers, oil pastels, watercolor or acrylic paint and brushes

Optional Materials

  • Photos from the internet, memes, screenshots from apps, etc. (for digital collages)
  • A tablet for drawing and/or Photoshop (for digital collages)

Drink & Draw [Virtual] is a low-key drop-in social workshop devoted to staying creative from home. There are no pretensions and newcomers are always welcome, so invite your friends to join! Each Drink & Draw [Virtual] features a new guest artist and a new theme or project that uses pencil, paper, and everyday household supplies. Don’t have a sketchbook? Hosts will help you improvise. Find us on Zoom, a free app for your phone or computer. And of course: BYOB! 

Love the experience? Pitch in to our Venmo Tip Jar (@spudnikpress) to directly support the featured artist and Spudnik Press Cooperative.

Drink & Draw [VIRTUAL]: Lines & Circles, Holes & Portals

Guest Artist: Lucia Calderon Arrieta

  • What does it mean to draw into the page?
  • If you could turn a picture plane filled with holes and circles into a world of portals, where might they lead you?

Lucia Calderon Arrieta will show us how to use line, shape, and value to create interconnected forms that are mysterious and mesmerizing, casting an illusion of depth and inviting us into many different layers of space. During quarantine, many of us have experienced moments of retreat, or turning inwards. Lucia will show us how she uses this drawing practice to embrace those feelings, and dig into the picture plane rather than trying to expand off of it.

No drawing experience is needed for this meditative and abstracted project. We will use very easy drawing techniques to create our own complex and individual worlds of holes and portals within the seemingly flat surface of our paper, with an option to write short creative responses about where these lead, what creatures might occupy them, and what powers they might possess.

Zoom Meeting ID: 955 6811 8789

Suggested Materials

  • Any kind of paper
  • Drawing tools with a very sharp point (fine pens, pencils)

Optional Materials:

  • Cutting tools for your paper
  • Mylar and paint pens for a multi-layered drawing
  • Tablet for digital drawings

Drink & Draw [Virtual] is a low-key drop-in social workshop devoted to staying creative from home. There are no pretensions and newcomers are always welcome, so invite your friends to join! Each Drink & Draw [Virtual] features a new guest artist and a new theme or project that uses pencil, paper, and everyday household supplies. Don’t have a sketchbook? Hosts will help you improvise. Find us on Zoom, a free app for your phone or computer. And of course: BYOB! 

Love the experience? Pitch in to our Venmo Tip Jar (@spudnikpress) to directly support the featured artist and Spudnik Press Cooperative. 

A Lunchtime Conversation: Alexandra Antoine & Celeste De Luna

Join us for this virtual event with artists Celeste De Luna (2019 Resident Artist) and Alexandra Antoine (2020 Ten x Ten), whose prints are up now in our current exhibition With Renewed Urgency. Celeste and Alexandra will each give a short talk about their practice, followed by a conversation with each other, the audience, and the printmakers they worked with at Spudnik Press.

Tuesday, September 22
12pm – 1pm (CST)
Zoom Meeting ID: 956 0089 4990

Alexandra Antoine is a Chicago-based artist who also works with Free Write Arts & Literacy as a teaching artist throughout the city. Her work is multidisciplinary in nature but connected through the themes of language, line, color and portraiture. She references her Haitian-American cultural upbringing and memories of travel, community, and storytelling. Woven throughout her work are the underlying influences of non-verbal languages such as symbols on cloth, scarification on bodies, and colors with significant spiritual and cultural meanings. These elements play a role in the translation of her experiences of visual and methodical research of place, people and culture. Alexandra came to Spudnik Press as part of the Ten x Ten project which pairs visual artists with composers to create original, collaborative works.

Celeste De Luna is a printmaker from the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. She is “a true daughter of the border lands” according to Inez Hernandes-Avila and a self-described Nepantlera, from the Nahuatl word meaning in-between space. De Luna has been a front-row witness to the militarization of the U.S. Mexico border, and has an intimate connection to the issues of immigration and decolonization she engages with as an artist and activist. For De Luna, printmaking is a tool for desconstructing oppressive paradigms in her physical, spiritual, and psychic environment; through this medium she creates new landscapes and iconographies about women, children, and families at the border, and the spiritual struggle of conflicting identities and “survivor’s guilt” they experience during migration. Celeste was a 2019 Resident Artist at Spudnik Press.

Image:
Left: Celeste De Luna, Out of Flight, Fight, screenprint on fabric, 2019 (detail)
Right: Alexandra Antoine, Nkrabea: A Coming Together, screenprint, 2019 (detail)