Fall Member Meeting: Field Trip to Platen Press Museum

This fall, our member meeting hits the road and we head to Zion, Illinois!

The Platen Press Museum is the personal press and print paraphernalia collection of Paul Aken. With an entire room full floor to ceiling with miniature and toy presses, a Gutenberg-stype screw press, functioning linotype and ludlow typograph machines, and complete set of lead Chinese type, this studio is a must see for the print enthusiast, regardless of one’s experience as a letterpress printer.

We’ll convene at noon sharp and car pool to the suburbs. At 1pm we’ll get the grand tour of the Platen Press Museum from proprietor and print master himself, Paul Aken. The caravan plans to return  to Spudnik Press by 4pm.

This event is for Spudnik Members only – the only catch is that there are a limited number of spots available so you must RSVP to info@spudnikpress.org no later than September 27th in order to guarantee your spot on this trip!


7th Annual Spudnik Press Benefit

$15 General Admission
$50 Preview Event  (5pm-7pm)

Featuring hors d’oeuvres, live music from Elastic Arts and Hummingbird, printing demonstrations, craft cocktails, and beer from Metropolitan Brewing.

Plus a Silent Auction with artworks hand-picked by guest curators, including Jessica Cochran and La Keisha Leek and goods from local retailers including UnisonThe Circle Salon and Sprout Home.

For 7 years, Spudnik Press has grown to meet the needs of our city’s artists–over 250 annually through ever-expanding studio resources, art book publishing, and public exhibitions and residency programs in printmaking and book arts. This year, our public programs and events have grown to welcome over 2,500 visitors through our doors. To continue this important work, we hope to raise an unprecedented $10,000 to support our expanding infrastructure.

The silent auction is the highlight of the benefit. Each winning bid is truly an investment, not only in Spudnik Press, but in the work of renowned artists. This is the only auction in Chicago to feature studio sketches, visual brainstorms, artist proofs, drafts, studies, notes, and ephemera.  Artwork comes framed and bidding starts at $35 through $55.

General Admission includes one complimentary beverage and popcorn. Silent Auction ends at 9pm, to be followed by dancing with DJ Hummingbird and merriment.

The Preview Event is includes an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, live jazz, and a small gift, printed live with our Vandercook letterpress. We will be joined by Guest Curators and featured artists.

Purchase tickets before Friday September 26 for a chance to win one of ten gift cards to Blick Art Materials!

Guest Curators:

Jessica Cochran, Independent Curator
La Keisha Leek, Independent Curator
Ruslana Lichtzier, ACRE 2015 Curatorial Fellow
Joe Tallarico, Comics Editor, Lumpen Magazine
Roman Titus, Chicago Design Museum; Co-Founder of Nelson Cash

Contributing Artists:

See full roster

Framing provided by Blick Art Materials.


Beverages provided by Metropolitan Brewing.

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Additional auction items provided by Unison.

Dance party provided by Hummingbird

Design by Craig Hansen.

Drink & Draw: October 2014 — Surrealist Games

Surrealist games are a great way to break habits, generate ideas, and make new friends while drawing. We’ll lead exquisite corpse, automatic drawing, frottage, decalomania & more.

Drink and Draw is a low-key event devoted to drawing practices. There is no teacher and no pretensions. Spudnik provides a theme for the evening, props, and festive drink. You provide a sketchbook and basic drawing materials, and come with friends! Drawing nights take place the first Wednesday of every other month. Sign up to receive e-mail reminders a week before each Drink & Draw event, or download our 2014 D&D Calendar.

Lucha Lives—Opening Reception

Lucha Lives is an exploration of the generational realities and mythologies experienced within immigrant communities, particularly those of Mexican Americans in Chicago. Using the iconographic imagery of Lucha Libre, artist Ricardo Serment pivots around the struggle, mirth, and quotidian by shining a spotlight on the spectacle that the everyday can be.

Ricardo Xavier Serment was born in Chicago to Mexican immigrant parents. In 2007, he graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a BFA, concentrating in printmaking. He currently works in drawing, relief printing, and screen-printing; he also creates handmade books and portfolios. His inspiration draws from an array of collaboratives and movements including: the Taller de Gráfica Popular, Japanese Ukiyo-e prints, Contemporary American printmakers, and the Mexican Muralism movement.

Lucha Lives is curated by Salvador Andrade Arévalo, Studio Fellow

Recombinant Stare: a Stare Magazine Retrospective–Opening Reception

Recombinant Stare is an exhibition that pulls together strands from Kevin Riordan’s Stare Press, particularly Stare Magazine, a publication focusing on irreverent and arresting graphic art and writing that ran from1976-1991. The show consists of issues of the magazine as well as books, posters, press sheets, photostats, and photographs. It also brings together recent and selected publications and works by some of the many Stare contributors, including Wayne Bertola, Mike Brehm, Elroy Christy, Peter Hannan, Bradley Lastname, Jean Riordan and the late Fritz Wolfmeyer. The show will be accompanied by the publication of a printed book that is part catalog and part transgression against the encrypted order of cataloguing. Stare steps on toes and gets up your nose by throwing its flyweight around without leaving the ground.

Kevin Riordan is a lifelong Chicagoan and long time staff and faculty member of Columbia College Chicago. A former art museum security guard, sock salesman and comic book production slave, he attended 6 post secondary schools including vocational training at the Boys Club, 1975, in printing, which he used to subvert American culture throughout the next few decades, through the publication of Stare magazine and other seditious editions and exhibitions.

2014 Annual Member Meeting

Mark your calendars for the upcoming Spudnik Member Meeting, Wednesday August 20, 6:30 – 8pm. We’ll discuss what’s been going on and what’s in the works and elect our 2014 Board of Directors!

After we take care of business, we’re excited to introduce the newest addition to Spudnik’s family of equipment….a Risograph! We’ll end the evening publishing Spudnik’s first ever member-made risograph zine. Don’t miss being a part of history in the making!

Drink & Draw: August 2014—Comics

Draw your favorite superhero or invent your own. Make, photocopy, and swap mini comics.

Drink and Draw is a low-key event devoted to drawing practices. There is no teacher and no pretensions. Spudnik provides a theme for the evening, props, and festive drink. You provide a sketchbook and basic drawing materials, and come with friends! Drawing nights take place the first Wednesday of every other month. Sign up to receive e-mail reminders a week before each Drink & Draw event, or download our 2014 D&D Calendar.

The Wrong Story—Opening Reception

The Wrong Story is a solo exhibition of relief and silkscreen prints made while Aschman was Artist in Residence at Spudnik Press from March through May, 2014, and an accompanying stop-motion animation created from the printed works. Aschman employs symbolic motifs such as ropes, braids, ladders and hands, which through intuitive association form a fractured narrative about moments of convergence and separation between individuals. She embraces incoherence and ambiguity to communicate the fragmented and uneasy experience of encountering another person’s reality. Limbs detach, bodies open to reveal hidden objects, peculiar figures gather among stepped archways, hesitating to touch, in an endless loop with no discernable climax or resolution. The Wrong Story wavers at the frayed edges of a narrative, unraveling the artist’s desire for both connection and solitude.

Bred Box #1 Release Party

Bred Press is an artist books, comics, and zine publishing house located in Chicago. Started by Brad Rohloff in 2014, it provides a platform by which to support contemporary artists working within the medium of printed and published matter.

Bred Box #1 is a printed suite of work by comics artists invited and published by Bred Press. The inaugural release of Bred Box will have Abe Lampert, Alabaster, Andy Burkholder, Ben Marcus, Danielle Chenette, Inés Estrada, Michael Olivo, Natali Koromoto, and Nicole Ginelli all with new offset lithograph prints.

Bred Box comes in an edition of 150, packaged in a screenprinted envelope and numbered. Bred Box #1 will be for sale at the opening as well as individual prints from the artists.