October 2013 Drink & Draw: Your Doodles Rock!

October’s Theme is “Your Doodles Rock & Other Drawing Games” that celebrate that great artform–doodling. Almost every artist has turned in a math test with scribbles of genius in its margins, so now we give them the recognition they deserve! Our theme beverage is Oktoberfest beer, or BYO.

Drink and Draw is our monthly night devoted to drawing practices. There’s no teacher and no pretensions. We provide a theme for the evening and some booze. Attendees provide a sketchbook and drawing utensils. Please come, and bring your friends while you’re at it.

In Progress Benefit Auction

 

“To finish a work? To finish a picture? What nonsense! To finish it means to be through with it, to kill it, to rid it of its soul, to give it its final blow the coup de grace for the painter as well as for the picture.” -Pablo Picasso

To progress is to advance; to do more; to do better. Yet, progress is not something you complete, but something that should remain a constant. Progress is an ongoing expedition critical to growth and development. It is with this in mind that each fall, Spudnik Press pays homage to the role progress plays in an artist’s practice, while raising the funds needed to keep our studio in progress.

In Progess is a benefit auction that features studio sketches, visual brainstorms, artist proofs, drafts, studies, notes, and ephemera from the studio practices of a diverse and impressive lineup of artists, including Paul NuddBrad VetterMiller and ShellabargerPeter Mars, and Carrie Gundersdorf. Keeping with Spudnik’s mission to remain an affordable and democratic platform for all, artwork comes framed and bidding starts at $35. Additionally, the auction will feature a curated selection, handpicked by guest curator, Mark Pascale, Curator in the Department of Prints and Drawings at The Art Institute of Chicago, with bids starting at just $60.

Once bids are placed, enjoy artisan cocktails crafted by Mark Brinker of The Barrelhouse Flat, delicious treats, and excellent beer. Then step into our printshop to try your hand at running a press! Bidding ends at 9:30pm.

Curated Artworks by:

Rachel Niffenegger
Judith Geichman
B. Ingrid Olson
Sarah Sohn
Kay Rosen
Mark Booth
Gordon Powell
David Schutter
Luis Romero

Full List of Artists:

Alex ChittyTara Zanzig, Billy CravenRamsey BeyerLeif GoldbergCarrie GundersdorfKeith HerzikLyra HillKatie HollandMegan KlawitterVictoria MartinezPeter MarsMiller and ShellabargerPaul NuddOnsmithJason PallasSara Greenberger RaffertyRafael E. VeraBrad VetterOli WattMickey ZacchilliCarl BarrattaLiz BornVanessa Della MorteKate JoyceBrian KeaneMatthew MessmerWalker MettlingMitch O’ConnellTalya ModlinColin PalombiCaroline PaquitaYvonne PetkusAngelika PiwowarczykRenee RobbinsBailey Romaine, James Ross, Jay RyanJohnny SampsonFred SasakiSonnenzimmer, The Swell, Ashley ThomasEric UngerCarrie Vinarsky, and Ann Worthing

Sponsors and Contributing Businesses Include:

Art + ScienceChicago Silk ScreenBig Delicious PlanetRyan Swanson DesignRipt ApparelDark Matter Coffee, and Music Box Theatre.

Annual Member Meeting

Join us at our Member Meeting August 21 at 6:30pm. We will be discussing upcoming events, including our Silent Auction, and voting on new board members.

Neanderthal Planet

Attn: SalvageCore; Science Division A.Centauri

The remains of an ancient research vessel have been intercepted in orbit of 51 Pegasi C. Our records indicate that this privately chartered, pre-ansible ship was launched 30 centuries ago on a colony mission during the Terran Diaspora. Preliminary scans indicate prodigious flora of an unknown classification. Prepare for Bio-quarantine Protocol 6. Recovery of the vessel is immanent; status of crew: unknown. Report for debriefing at SpaceHUB1821

Neanderthal Planet is a print-based installation, time capsule, and anthropological anomaly. Travel there firsthand at the Annex. Refreshments will be served.

New Work from Liz Born, Gabe Hoare, Caleb Plattner, Luke Daly, Brandy Barker & Veronica Siehl

 

August 2013 Drink & Draw : Comics

Theme: Comics
Beverage: Vodka BYO Mixer

August’s theme is “Comics,” and we’ll have a BAM! good time. There will be a variety of comics to look through and books on the subject of comic drawing techniques. You can walk out with the start of your own funny book! We’ll provide vodka if you bring your favorite mixer!

Drink and Draw is our bi-monthly night devoted to drawing practices. There’s no teacher and no pretensions. We provide a theme for the evening and a theme drink. Attendees provide a sketchbook and drawing utensils. Please come, and bring your friends while you’re at it.

Print our 2013 Drink & Draw Calendar and stick it on your refrigerator today!

August Drink & Draw : Comics

Theme: Comics
Beverage: Vodka BYO Mixer

August’s theme is “Comics,” and we’ll have a BAM! good time. There will be a variety of comics to look through and books on the subject of comic drawing techniques. You can walk out with the start of your own funny book! We’ll provide vodka if you bring your favorite mixer! $5 suggested donation.

Drink and Draw is our bi-monthly night devoted to drawing practices. There’s no teacher and no pretensions. We provide a theme for the evening and a theme drink. Attendees provide a sketchbook and drawing utensils. Please come, and bring your friends while you’re at it.

Print our 2013 Drink & Draw Calendar and stick it on your refrigerator today!

Printers Ball 2013: Trip & Return

Spudnik Press Cooperative is thrilled to announce the 9th annual Printers’ Ball: Trip & Return. The annual celebration of literary culture and printmaking will be held at the Hubbard Street Lofts, 1821 W. Hubbard Street, Chicago. Spudnik is taking the reins of this year’s program from the Poetry Foundation, the event’s founding organizer. This year’s program returns the Printers’ Ball to its roots as a neighborhood event with an emphasis on readings and performances, live printmaking demos and workshops, exhibitions, and food and drink tastings. The festivities will span an afternoon, running from noon until 6 pm on Saturday, July 27, activating seven gallery and studio spaces through the building and featuring some of the best poetry, visual, and culinary culture in the country.

“Spudnik has grown and our studio has integrated more printing processes, including letterpress and offset printing. These processes lend themselves to book arts and publishing projects. With Printers’ Ball celebrating the materiality of the literary arts, I think we’re an ideal organization to address how literature and printmaking intrinsically speak to and support each other,” says Spudnik Press Cooperative’s founder and executive director, Angee Lennard.

Founded in 2004 by Poetry Magazine Associate Editor Fred Sasaki, the Ball was first held at the now-shuttered HotHouse, later moving to various venues throughout Chicago, including the Double Door, the Zhou B Center, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and Columbia College Chicago. Along the way, it has grown from a local celebration to an event with presenters from all over the United States and drawing attendees, last year more than 4,000, from across the city and beyond.

The theme for 2013 is “Trip & Return.” A letterpress printing term, it’s also a playful acknowledgement of the return to discussion of the craft. This daytime event will host letterpress and screen printing demonstrations, discussions by well-known print and poster makers, readings from local poets, and performances from Elastic Arts Foundation musicians throughout the many art and design spaces within the spacious building. Local food trucks and beverage vendors will also be on hand. As is tradition, magazines, literary organizations, and design studios—over 400—from across the country will provide complimentary magazines and ephemera to all attendees of this free event.

Confirmed presenters include:

Artist & writer Tony Fitzpatrick in conversation with Fred Sasaki
Printshop demos with Brad Vetter & Alex Valentine
Free jazz performances curated by Elastic Arts Foundation with Michael Zerang, Fred Longberg-Holm, Paul Giallorenzo, & Aaron Zarzutzki
Readings and broadsides curated by Woodland Pattern with poets Anne Kingsbury, Lewis Freedman, & Anna Vitale
Poetics Theater with the Danny’s Reading Series
Conversations with Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum, Detroit Wood Type Co. & Signal Return
Reading and conversation with writer and visual artist Mary Burger
Risograph demos with SPARE
Workshops on surrealist poetry, bookmaking, & bookbinding
Summer spritzers by Hornswaggler Arts & WBC-Goose Island Root Beer and Spicy Ginger courtesy of the WIT Beverage Company
Sweet treats by Ice3 Ice Cream & savory snacks by 5411 Empanadas
On-the-spot tote bag screen printing by Spudnik Press Cooperative
Read/Write Library’s BiblioTreka Mobile Library

Curators include:

Sarah Dodson, MAKE Magazine; Nell Taylor, Read/Write Library; Luke Daly, arrow as aarow and Spudnik Press Cooperative; Adrienne Miller and Angee Lennard. Spudnik Press Cooperative; Chad Kouri, The Post Family; Elisabeth Hass, Simple Honest Work; Alison Kleiman, DePaul Art Museum; and Corrina Lesser, Chicago Humanities Festival, among others.

Printers’ Ball 2013 is presented in partnership with Spudnik Press Cooperative Printshop and Annex, Platform, Johalla Projects, The Post Family, Simple Honest Work, and IAEOU. Made possible by the Poetry Foundation and Poetry magazine.

Click below for admission tickets:

General Admission
Surrealist Poetry
Folded Book Structures
Book Binding

Charlie Megna: Lost Tribes of Renni

Heavily influenced by Eastern philosophy, Native American rituals and American skate culture, Charlie Megna’s colorful gouache and gold-leaf paintings combine loaded, symbolic motifs with the banal, the humorous and the commonplace. In these tribe paintings, we recognize glimpses of sacred ceremonies that feel familiar, but that expand with closer inspection into mystery and secrecy. In addition to the paintings, Megna creates costumes and physical relics to further realize the world of his tribes, and is preparing a small-run artist’s book of myths and alphabets to accompany this show. When exhibited along with the paintings, these surrounding materials combine to take the shape of an anthropological exhibition comprised of the real artifacts of an imaginary society.

June 2013 Drink & Draw: Life Drawing

Theme: Life Drawing
Beverage: Gin BYO Mixer

We’ll feature a real live model! And who knows, maybe you can draw the person sitting next to you too. This is one Drink & Draw you don’t want to miss!

Drink and Draw is our bi-monthly night devoted to drawing practices. There’s no teacher and no pretensions. We provide a theme for the evening and a theme drink. Attendees provide a sketchbook and drawing utensils. Please come, and bring your friends while you’re at it.

Print our 2013 Drink & Draw Calendar and stick it on your refrigerator today!

Long-Arm Stapler First Aid Exhibition

Care is a disquieted state of mixed uncertainty, apprehension, and responsibility; a suffering of the mind; painstaking and watchful attention, maintenance, charge, and supervision. Self-care and first aid places these concerns towards oneself with a DIY mentality. Long-Arm Stapler First Aid brings together an assortment of zines and comics that address health-related issues ranging from mental to physical, personal to societal, and preventative to regenerative. These largely self-published works address, at times, incredibly personal experiences, usually with a large dose of wit.

Unlike a film or a painting, readers of zines and comics are able to engage with these works at their own pace, choosing when they are ready to confront the next page. Perhaps this is what allows authors to broach difficult, and often very personal, topics with great breadth of emotion, honesty, and clarity. Through the combination of words and images, artists are able to rely on multiple modes of communication to bring together the tangible and the cerebral. Often the very act of making a zine is considered a therapeutic caring action.

This exhibition of largely self-published works tackles self-care from many angles: health, grooming, food preparation, self-defense, coping strategies, defense mechanisms, mental or spiritual development and even soul enrichment. At their core these pieces suggest we must be our own advocates for our own health and well being.

Long Arm Stapler First Aid will also include a limited edition exhibition zine, compiled by Liz Mason, encompassing relevant self-care themes in zines and mini-comics such as: heal- ing, grief, fitness, and medical issues, and a limited edition screenprint by Ramsey Beyer, published by Spudnik Press.

In honor of self-publishing as a means to foster well-being, Spudnik Press is proud to host this exhibition featuring dozens of zine makers from across the country, including Edie Fake, Rinko Endo, Kathleen McIntyre, Ramsey Beyer, Liz Prince, Dina Kelberman, Sara McHenry, and more.

Liz Mason is the manager of Quimby’s, as well as the editor and publisher for Caboose.
Neil Brideau is comics artist and comics sommelier at Quimby’s, as well as an organizer of CAKE, Chicago’s Alternative Comics Expo.

*Image Credit to Dina Kelbermann