Charlie and the Hashbrown Factory: 10th Annual Spudnik Press Chili Cook-Off

All-You-Can-Eat Chili | Hashbrowns | Open Bar | Games | Music

Take an unforgettable, uniquely magical journey through the deliciously delightful, whimsically wonderful world of Spudnik Press Cooperative at our 10thAnnual Chili Cook-Off. The world of pure imagination is the limit for our 16 chefs competing for the admiration of our guests and the coveted prizes of “Best Chili”!

Because nothing goes better with chili than chili, admission comes with unlimited tastes of chili. Plus, for the first time in the event’s history, we’ll proudly be serving an everlasting supply of our Famously Mysterious & Eponymous Hash Browns!

Between tastes of chili, enjoy Wonka-themed games and activities, drinks for both kids and adults, candy-inspired tunes, and more.

“After all, a little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest of them.”

Featured Chefs:

2x1y Studio
Art/Work
Bad at Sports
Barrel Maker Printing
Candor Arts
Chicago Printers Guild
Chicago Printmakers Collaborative
Comfort Station
culture/Math (and the Visualist)
FATA MORGANA PRESS
Granpa Joe’s Bed and Breakfast
Hyde Park Art Center
One Design
Platform Studios Chicago
Rohner Press
The Cabbage Water is Not Chili, Charlie Team
The We Make Good Chili Team

Ticket Details:

All levels include unlimited chili, hash browns, drinks, and games. 

General Admission: $45
Artists & Under 21: $30
Youth: $10

Kids 5 and under: Free

Pre-Sales have ended. Tickets are still available at the door.
See you tonight! 

Sponsors:

Thank you CHIRP Radio, Metropolitan Brewing, and Virtue Cider for being sponsors of this event!

Metropolitan Brewing - Chicago, IL

Accessibility in the Studio: An Evening with Resident Artist Benjamin Merritt

Meet Benjamin MerrittResident Artist from Minneapolis, MN, for a conversation addressing disability in the arts, his own artistic practice, and considerations and strategies to make studio arts like printmaking more accessible for people of all abilities. Printmakers, teachers, and those working in academic settings are all encouraged to learn about and discuss what accessibility means and some challenges and solutions to creating accessible classrooms and studios.

Part artist talk and part participatory conversation, Benjamin will lead a group conversation addressing how to make arts and academic spaces more accessible. He will share various sensory and adaptive modifications of printmaking tools and projects for the benefit of everyone involved in the arts, including people with various disabilities. 

As an artist and writer, Benjamin Merritt challenges the normative idea that the body is something individual, unchanging, and fully knowable by objective means. His prints and drawings combine imagery and text from his medical records and personal writings, exploring his own experience with chronic illness as well as how patient’s bodies are written about and recorded. His work asks us to rethink the medicalized constructs we apply to the body, and suggests alternatives that are more beneficial to and understanding of bodies that don’t fit these norms.

Image: from Constant, Immediate, Benjamin Merritt, Etching, monoprint, 2019-2020

Size & Scale: Drink & Draw | February 2020

Guest Artist: Sean Mac

Take a break from your typical ways of drawing. We’ll help you get out of your head by sharing a variety of creative approaches to making marks on paper. We’ll draw big things small, small things big. We’ll draw with delicate dip pens, clunky crayons, finger paint, sticks, and more. The goal of the night: experience drawing as a way to snap out of old habits and try on a new drawing styles.

Our guest artist, Sean Mac, will introduce his favorite drawing exercises that help him break old habits and stay positive. Shifting scale from oversized butcher paper to tiny post-it notes will be one of many methods used to help guests experience new ways of drawing that emphasize creativity over control.

Sean Mac is a Chicago-based illustrator, cartoonist, and printmaker. He’s been a compulsive doodler since he was a kid and really nothing has changed since. Hiswork uses loose linework and vibrant colors to tell humorous and intimate stories within each panel. He graduated with a BFA in Illustration from Columbia College Chicago.

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.

Ink & Drink | Donor Thank You Event

As a celebration of our supportive community and a thank you to our generous donors who contributed $250+ to our 2019 Printmaking Within Reach Campaign, we are throwing an art party! Come by the studio for drinks, appetizers, and hands-on printmaking projects.

Guests will be invited to check out a variety of project stations and experience the allure of printmaking first hand. At each press, our guests can try their hand at operating the press and pulling a print. Spudnik members will be on call to share projects and their favorite printmaking processes. Open bar and sweet and savory treats will ensure that everyone feels great while making art.

(Printing can be inky, but we’ll be sure to provide aprons and keep things pretty spiffy. Casual and business attire are both appropriate.)

This is a private event for our Giving Circle (Donors who supported us at the $250+ level). Want to join us? Make a Tax-Deductible Donation

TIES x Spudnik Press: Open Mic + Exhibition Closing Reception

Join Spudnik Press Cooperative and TIES for an open mic event presented in conjunction with Domestic Tides / Indigenous Mind, a solo exhibition by Jessica Christy.

The event will start with readings by three featured performers, Patrick Del Percio, Ruby Figueroa, and Yerika. Following these readings, attendees will be invited to take the mic.  Anyone who identifies with Queer/Trans/Two-Spirit experiences and identifies with Indigenous roots on this hemisphere and is interested in participating in the open mic can sign up in person.

This event will take place within the Spudnik Press gallery and compliments the current exhibition. Domestic Tides / Indigenous Mind considers Jessica Christy’s transplanted indigenous identity, and her cultural and personal transition from the Great Plains to an urban Chicago environment. Christy’s artwork incorporates foreign and known items and images gathered while exploring the city (deer hair, parking signs, coyote tracks, municipal tickets, bird feathers, and corner store signs) to intimately speak to the artist’s experiences of cultural disconnect, domestic struggles, and a general liaison with her new environment.

TIES is a series of open mics centering Indigenous Queer, Trans, and Two-Spirit writers. Hosted by Patrick Del Percio (Cherokee) and River Ian Kerstetter (Wisconsin Oneida), TIES seeks to bring Indigenous Queer, Trans, and Two Spirit people together to share and connect throughout occupied Odawa, Ojibwe, and Potawatomi lands (Chicago) and beyond. Anyone who identifies with Queer/Trans/Two-Spirit experiences and identifies with Indigenous roots on this hemisphere is invited to share poetry, prose, and performance.

Blue on Blue: Drink & Draw | December 2019

  • In 1987 Blue Man Group was founded in New York.
  • In 1963 Bobby Vinton released the hit song Blue on Blue.
  • From 1901-1904 Picasso went through his Blue Period, making monochromatic paintings of that color.
  • In 1871 the earliest recorded version of the bridal poem “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” appeared.
  • In 1843 Anna Atkins published Photographs of British Algae using the alternative photographic process of cyanotype; as the name suggests, the prints are blue in color.
  • Around 1840 the Satin Bowerbird was discovered; the males in this bird species are a deep shiny blue color and during courtship build structures called bowers, decorating them with blue objects.
Using the above and anything blue (Delftware, Brilliant Blue FCF, Smurfs, deep sea diving etc.) as our inspiration, we will create monochromatic imagery.
We’ll provide a range of blue pens, markers, pencils and paper, from light cyan to deep navy. Help us round out our one-night Blue Period by bringing your favorite blue knick knack or additional blue materials for inspiration, drawing on, or drawing with.

Veronica Siehl is an artist and printmaker based in Chicago. Siehl received her MFA in printmaking from the University of Tennessee (2010) and her BA in Studio Art from Beloit College (2006). Siehl’s work has been shown in various cities including Chicago (IL), New Orleans (LA), Poznan (Poland), Olympia (WA), and Knoxville (TN). Her multidisciplinary studio practice includes printmaking, alternative photo processes, drawing, writing and installation.

Veronica is well known for her cyanotypes, and has taught many cyanotype classes at Spudnik Press.


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.

Image design by Sierra Shih, Fall 2019 intern

Domestic Tides / Indigenous Mind | Opening Reception & Artist Talk

Opening Reception: 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Brief Artist Talk: 6:15 p.m.

Domestic Tides / Indigenous Mind explores a move from the prairies of North Dakota to the urban environment of Chicago. The exhibition considers Jessica Christy‘s transplanted indigenous identity, one connected to place, in the midst of a culture shock. While exploring a new city, both foreign and known images were gathered: deer hair, parking signs, coyote tracks, municipal tickets, bird feathers, and corner store signs. Through self-applied cultural guilt and gender expectations, visuals emerge that suggest the artist’s voice is becoming comfortable in the 21st century metropolis.

As traditional printmaking moves from a commercial process to fine art editions to a contemporary medium, artists are continually exploring new matrices and substrates and their conceptual implications. The work in Domestic Tides / Indigenous Mind stems from a fascination with this contemporary shift. Images are transferred through print onto surfaces found and gathered in Chicago. The artist’s cultural and personal transition from the Great Plains to an urban Chicago environment is represented on found wood, fabric, and other surfaces through text and imagery gathered in a daily journal. Domestic Tides / Indigenous Mind employs these new substrates to intimately speak to the artist’s experiences of cultural disconnect, domestic struggles, and a general liaison with her new environment.


Domestic Tides / Indigenous Mind will be on view November 15, 2019 through January 18, 2020 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

Domestic Tides / Indigenous Mind was selected by the Spudnik Press Member Exhibitions Committee.

Image: Jessica Christy, Untitled (chic), 2019

Border Land X Scapes & The Future

Spudnik Resident Artist Celeste De Luna is a border/social engagement artist from the Rio Grande Valley in Texas. She is a front row witness as an artist/activist to the national conversations about the border wall, immigration, and border militarization.

As part of her residency and cultural exchange with Chicago printmakers, De Luna is leading a community art workshop where we will respond with visual art and creative writing to her reports on how social engagement artists and activists are working to decolonize the Border. All are welcome at this participatory event where we will collaboratively envision a different future that honors and centers the power of indigenous people, plants, and animals.

Free and open to the public

This event is made possible with generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts Arts Work Grant.

Hubbard Street Lofts Open House

Hubbard Street Lofts welcomes you to our home!

Join us for a stroll through three floors of creative spaces, galleries, artists and designers!

Tucked away amid the industrial buildings of yesteryear (and breweries of today) lies a building filled with talent. Once a year we open our doors and invite the public to come view current projects across multiple disciplines. There’s even a food truck or two and beverages to keep you hydrated along the way.

Spudnik Press Fellows will be hosting a community-based, interactive art activity in Suite 302! Read more here

 

Participating Venues:

12.21 studio
All Day Dreaming
Almost Gold
Andy Hall
Art/Work
Candor Arts
Christopher Barrett Photography
Curioso
Doug Fogelson
Filter
Fulton Street Collective
Gerda Meyer Bernstein
It’s Oksana Textile Design Studio
Jeremy Hayes Photography
Kuchar Studio
KWOWK design
Latitude
Life on Mars Goods
LOW RES
Margot Harrington
Platform Studios
Post Studio
Ric Horejs
Spudnik Press Cooperative
Tsubo Salon

Tessellate

Spudnik Press Cooperative Fellows Ally Hembree, Hope Wang, Sean Mac, and Zakia Rowlett are pleased to present Tessellate, a night of collective artmaking and installation-building with the Chicago community. Hybridizing the fellows’ individual artistic practices, Tessellate invites guests to experience a variety of print-based techniques considering collage as a tool for creating narratives. Through screenprinting, paper embossing, risography, and relief printing, guests will construct their own prints into never-ending books as part of a collaborative viewing library at the Spudnik Press studio. Printmaking experience is not required and all materials will be provided.

This event is free and open to the public as part of the Hubbard Street Lofts Open House. The installation will be on view until Nov 10, 2019.

Ally Hembree is a printmaker focused in screen printing, relief, and polyester plate lithography. She has a B.A. in Studio Art with a minor in Communication Studies from the University of Puget Sound. The subject matter of Ally’s work is heavily influenced by the environment in which she creates. While at the University of Puget Sound, she connected her critical interest in film media with her printmaking. Her senior thesis, Moments, inspired by the unforgiving Pacific Ocean, was an installation of 40+ polyester plate lithographs. Likewise the screenprints incorporated in Tessellate are influenced by the sometimes equally unforgiving Chicago cityscape.

Hope Wang is a Chicago-based artist and educator working in painting, screenprinting, photography, and weaving to create meticulous reproductions of primarily industrial and commercial facades. Drawing from architectural elements as symbols for how people negotiate belonging and agency in public spaces, her work questions an initial understanding of material and perception. She received her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has shown in exhibitions including Chicago Textile Week, Ignition Project Space, FRIEND, Chicago Art Department, Gallery No One, and Sullivan Galleries. She has also instructed workshops at The Weaving Mill, Loom Chicago, and Magical Minds Studio.

Sean Mac is a Chicago-based illustrator, cartoonist, and muralist. He uses comic books and zines as a platform for storytelling and narrative. He enjoys writing humorous stories and drawing colorful characters. In addition to self publishing his comics his work includes screenprinting and public art. He graduated with a BFA in Illustration from Columbia College Chicago.

Zakia Rowlett is an experimental Graphic Designer, currently based in Chicago, IL. She spent four years at the Illinois Institute of Chicago, earning her BFA in Graphic Design. Through the use of typography, layering texture, expression of color, and challenging traditional compositions she practices interdisciplinary digital and print media. Referencing multiple forms of communication from signage, human interaction, or recurring events as a way of demonstrating all things open to your own interpretation.

Tessellate is an opportunity to get an inside look into each of the fellows’ practices and also learn new techniques they can take home and apply in the future. We hope they can have fun with collage and story building while engaging with other guests’ pieces through the interactive installation. Fellows will also have affordable work for sale!