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.

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

RSVP on Facebook

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.