New Demands?–Opening Reception

New Demands? presents silk screened posters, digital prints, cloth banners, and a neon sign inspired by historical demands of the American labor movement, from approximately 1890 to the present. Drawing primarily on archival research into flyers, posters, placards, and advertising produced by the International Ladies Garment Workers’ Union (ILGWU)— historically the largest and most important union representing workers in the women’s apparel industry — this exhibition explores the struggle for better working conditions in the garment industry, the winning of rights and benefits by the ILGWU, and the eventual demise of the entire American textile industry.

New Demands? connects past and present struggles for workers’ rights, and reminds us that there was a time when American workers fought for and won historical rights including the right to a regulated, eight-hour work day and the 40-hour work week; vacation and overtime pay; collective bargaining rights and the right to freedom of association; and pension and health care benefits. These rights have been dramatically curtailed; since the 1980s, hundreds of thousands of full-time, well-paid, unionized positions have been lost here in the US, yet workers continue to fight for living wages, better working conditions, and the right to organize. This exhibition is part of a larger, ongoing series of work under the title New Demands? initiated in 2011, and incorporating public performances, text based installations, neon, printed works, and participatory workshops.

New Demands? will kick-off with a Gallery Talk with Lisa Vinebaum at 6:00 p.m. on May 6, followed by the Opening Reception.

New Demands? is one the last of three Residency Exhibitions, a series of solo exhibitions that feature the 2015 Spudnik Press Resident Artists and the new work they each produced through theSpudnik Press Residency Program.

Dr. Lisa Vinebaum is an interdisciplinary artist, critical writer, and educator. Her studio practice incorporates text-based installations and work with neon, performance and site specific interventions, textiles, video, photography and protest tactics. Current research and artistic investigations explore labor, performance and collectivity in the larger context of economic globalization and cutbacks to workers’ rights. Lisa Vinebaum holds a PhD in Art from Goldsmiths, University of London (UK); an MA in Textiles also from Goldsmiths, and a BFA from Concordia University in Montreal.

The exhibition runs through May 28th, 2016. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, noon to 5pm, or by appointment.

Member Volunteer Day: Spring Cleaning

Warmer weather is on the way and Spudnik Press is hosting a classic springtime event: Spring Cleaning!

With over 65 classes and workshops and 750 Open Studio visits each year, our studio takes a lot of wear and tear. Join staff, members* and friends of Spudnik for an afternoon of cleaning, organizing, repairing, and socializing. Plenty of refreshments will be on hand to keep us energized. Let’s all pitch in to give our shop the love it deserves!

Please RSVP to info@spudnikpress.org. Please include your name, phone number, and any particular projects you would look forward to helping with, such as redistributing type, organizing supplies, painting, or deep cleaning. Or RSVP on facebook and invite your friends to join!

*Members of Spudnik Press are asked to volunteer four hours a year. This event is a great way to give back to the community and meet other Spudnik Press members.

Drink & Draw: April 2016–April Showers, May Flowers

Usher in the spring with an evening of botanical drawing! Guest illustrator, Keara McGraw, will lead guests through various approaches to sketching and illustrating flowers and native plants. We will provide lots of fresh flora to look to for inspiration as well as pro tips for incorporating the best of scientific illustration with whimsical doodling.

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.

Spatial Collage: Getting Wacky Wit It–Opening Reception

Spatial Collage: Getting Wacky Wit It is an exercise in taking the collage format of assembling ephemera on paper – and transferring that practice to a larger-scale. “Spatial Collage” is an experiment rooted solely in self-expression and freedom, while simultaneously toying with ideas of formal exhibition and product placement.

Self-empowerment is a main focus of Julia Arredondos work, specifically in the realm of publications and zines. Aspiring to be more like cartoon characters who suffer trauma but never seem to carry emotional baggage, she believes in the power of constructing positive present and future actions by taking sometimes traumatic past experiences and letting those memories work for me. “I seek to empower myself and others in a way that let’s us confront oppressive experiences and turn them into badges of strength, humor, and grace.”

 

Spatial Collage: Getting Wacky Wit It will kick-off with a Gallery Talk with Julia Arredondo at 6:00 p.m. on April 1, followed by the Opening Reception.

Spatial Collage: Getting Wacky Wit It is one of three Residency Exhibitions, a series of solo exhibitions that feature the 2015 Spudnik Press Resident Artists and the new work they each produced through the Spudnik Press Residency Program.

Corresponding Programming:

Student Debt Suicide Letters

Saturday, April 2, 2016
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Community Workshop

The exhibition runs through April 30th, 2016. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, noon to 5pm, or by appointment.

2016 Hashbrown Chili Cook-Off

Join Spudnik Press Cooperative at the 6th Annual Hashbrown Chili Cook-Off! Help us fight off the (hopefully) waning days of Chicago’s cold winter months with a hearty sampling of our favorite comfort food: chili. Spudnik Press will continue to represent with our “house chili” but the excitement lies in the rotating list of guest chefs vying for the coveted “Golden Ladle”.

This year’s contenders include:

CAKE
Chicago ACT Collective
Chicago Art Department
Chicago Design Museum
Chicago Glass Collective
CHIRP Radio
Comfort Station
Homeroom
Instituto Grafico de Chicago
Rohner Letterpress 

You can also expect some expertly curated adult beverages by Artisanal Imports, a custom line-up of tunes from a CHIRP Radio DJ, and the Spudnik presses up and running for some printmaking-inspired carnival games. We’ll also debut a special-commission, limited-run woodblock T-shirt design AND feature an exhibition of artwork created at Spudnik, available for purchase.

Each admission includes tickets that can be traded for chili tastes, drinks, and participation in games. Our VIP packages and Date Night packages boasting the best “bang for your buck” and additional tasting tickets can be purchased at the event.

General Admission: $12 Presale / $17 Door
VIP Package: $22 Presale / $27 Door
Date Night: $40 Presale / $45 Door

2016 Hashbrown Sponsors:

ArtisanalNoCrest PERRIER WATCH LOGO Smoque Logo_300 dpi

Spudnik Press Cooperative is a non-profit, community printmaking studio located at the Hubbard Street Lofts. All proceeds from the Hashbrown Chili Cook-Off support our mission and printshop facilities.

Type Sort Party!

Calling Spudnik Members! Volunteers! Type Enthusiasts! Spudnik Press Cooperative is hosting the “Type Sort Party” of the century.

Just what is a Type Sort Party? It’s a chance to hang out with fellow print people and help whip our letterpress area into shape. We’ve recently acquired a whole new type cabinet of lead type, bags of unsorted spacing and brand new type still wrapped up in brown paper and twine. We have new california job cases to replace drawers that don’t fit in our cabinet. And after hosting dozens of classes and workshops, more than a few drawers are a little out of sorts. Literally.

Many hands make light work. This Type Sort Party will allow us to tidy up our supplies and pave the way for a letterpress studio that is more efficient and easier to use.

Why should you join the fun? First of all, it is an opportunity to get to know fellow Spudnik friends and family. Second, we need your help in making Spudnik the best it can be!Third, we are making this the fanciest Type Sort Party be providing plenty of drinks and a smorgasbord of snacks! Finger foods and lead type don’t play well, so we’re getting creative by making sure ALL of the snacks are on skewers! What more could you want?

No experience necessary. Please RSVP to Studio Manager, Nicolette Ross at info@spudnikpress.org.

Discipline and Distraction–Opening Reception

Discipline and Distraction is a body of work by Devin Owsley-Aquilia inspired by her transition into Chicago, into isolation and a new understanding of what it means to be present. “To accept challenge and change, I use material to guide myself through these mental obstacles to reach a place of poise and clarity. Layered images of abstracted landscapes derived from personal experiences, place, relationship, behavior and interaction are inscribed into copper plates, informing the basis of which my work manifests. The importance of line and act of carving speak to a growing dialogue between material and my person as well my emotional attachment to place.” The image transferred into a physical print serves as an artifact, a portrayal of momentary consciousness that nurtured self-discipline and potential.

Discipline and Distraction will kick-off with a Gallery Talk with Devin Owsley-Aquilia at 6:00 p.m. on March 4, followed by the Opening Reception.

Discipline and Distraction is one of three Residency Exhibitions, a series of solo exhibitions that feature the 2015 Spudnik Press Resident Artists and the new work they each produced through the Spudnik Press Residency Program.

Devin Owsley-Aquilia is a visual artist with great interests in printmaking, drawing, fibers and painting. Originally from Dayton, Ohio, she moved to Milwaukee to attend the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design where she received her BFA in printmaking  in 2015. Her work in print involves various abstracted representations of anatomical form, material and growth that are used as personal symbols of progression and transition of identity. She has recently relocated to Chicago to further challenge her work in printmaking.

The exhibition runs through March 26th, 2016. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, noon to 5pm, or by appointment.

 

Winter 2016 Member Meeting

Meet and mingle with fellow Spudnik members at our quarterly Member Meeting! Here all the details about our new and improved Volunteer Program, our Exhibitions Committee and our annual Hashbrown Chili Cook-Off. Share your ideas for how we can make Spudnik (and your membership) best support you and your art-making. Chat with fellow Spudnik members, share artwork, share opportunities and share your enthusiasm for printmaking!

 

 

Drink & Draw: February 2016–Memory & Magic Through Comics

With the guidance of teaching artist and graphic novelist Leila Abdelrazaq, participants will use personal stories and memory as a jumping off point to create their own short, surreal mini comics from another world!

Admission to Drink & Draw is a $10 suggested donation. The event is BYOB, but we are happy to share our wine and beer for a small donation.

Love comics and graphic novels? Check out our upcoming 8-week comics class Saturday Morning Comics Club with Leila Abdelrazaq.

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.

Sweet Paper Dreams: 4th Annual Winter Art Sale

This year’s winter art sale, Sweet Paper Dreams, is going to be a real hibernation celebration! Join us for a night of art, treats, and reveries. Stock up on prints, zines, apparel, stationery and other sweet items made by our members. We’ll even custom gift wrap your purchases for you right in the shop. Warm up with holiday drinks and treat yourself to a variety of homemade baked goods while checking out our wonderful printmaking shop and getting to know the artists. No matter what you’re dreaming of this winter, we’re sure to have artwork to match your fanciful state of mind.

This year’s winter sale features an exhibition in our Annex that runs through the month of December. Members are invited to join us for our Member Holiday Party & Art Sale Preview from 6:00 – 7:00 pm.

Featured Artists

Vice Versa Press, Julia Arredondo
Moon Bang
Jessica Cadwell
Perfectly Acceptable Press, Matt Davis
Bob Fields
Trixy Xchange, Marie Gouwens
Hannah Hischier
Margaret Hitch
Blac Lotus Artisan CollectiveGermaine Jordan
Andrea Kaspryk
Carrie Lingscheit
Griffin Miller
Michelle Miller
Margaret McGill
Chloe Perkis
Design by Angelika, Angelika Piwowarczyk
Bred Press, Brad Rohloff
Hannah Ross
Nicolette Ross
Little Otto Neptune Shop, Olivia Tousius
Molly Whedbee
Miden Wood

Download the full press release here.