Bob Fields

Member

I am an artist, sculptor and sometimes printmaker based in Chicago. The work I make interrogates issues of social justice, memory, wonder and doubt. I work with a mix of media: wood, fiber, plastic, paper, paint, rope, tape… cutting, folding, rolling, layering, and binding in the construction of my assemblages. Materials that are adaptable, portable… hard, soft, ephemeral. My most recent body of work concerns issues of exile, home and related traumas.

Website:

www.robertfieldsartist.com

Lya Finston

Past Fellow

Lya Finston is an artist and printmaker raised in Cranford, NJ and based in Chicago, IL, where she works as a circulation assistant at Ryerson Library of the Art Institute of Chicago. Finston is also involved with Hoofprint, where she helps print lithographic editions for the shop’s various published artists along with creating her own work. In May 2018, Finston graduated from Oberlin College with a double major in Studio Art and German Studies.

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

lfinston.wixsite.com/lyafinston

Project Statement:

Lately, I’ve been making work that revolves around the relationship between the osage orange and thegiantgroundsloth.​Theosageorange​isa​ treewithlarge,bumpy,greenfruit​thatIdiscoveredwhile living in Ohio. I was immediately struck by their alien appearance. The osage orange continues to fall today despite the fact that nothing eats it anymore, deeming it an anachronistic “ghost of evolution.” Paleontologists speculate that it was eaten and dispersed by giant ground sloths during the Pleistocene era. The osage functions like a fossil in this way, serving as a prehistoric relic of past life on Earth. This fruit’s unique state of obsolescence fascinates me, inviting the creation of alternative histories surrounding its continued presence. My theory is that the ground sloths still live among us, and that’s why osage oranges continue to fall. I also believe the osage has magical, medicinal properties. I strive to harness the reifying power that I find inherent to lithography and intaglio’s graphic quality due to their commercial, mass media history and imposed cultural memory in order to confuse reality and the supernatural. With the help of the letterpress, intaglio, lithography, and screenprinting facilities at Spudnik,I’dliketoexplorethepowero​ fthepresstorealizemytheories.Duringthefellowshipperiod,I’ll make an installation that incorporates digitally animated prints, etchings and lithographs on paper that I make from hand-beaten pulp with osage orange tree bark, fake newspaper articles printed on the letterpress, and 3-dimensional screenprinted sculptures.

Kelsey Gibson

2020-21 Fellow

Having been born and raised in St. Augustine, the nation’s oldest city, there is no question as to why I’ve always found myself attracted to the antiquated and obsolete. I find myself significantly more intrigued by the past than with the future, and this notion is something that I explore with my art— not only through imagery but also by choosing manual printing as a means of production. I strive to educate and to preserve public history by studying and depicting the architecture, furnishings, and textile patterns of the past, however, I am particularly fascinated by the whimsical area in which the past and present visibly overlap.

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities
  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

www.instagram.com/le.passeur

Efrat Hakimi

2019-20 Fellow

Hakimi received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2019) and is the recipient of the Katz International Photography Award (2018). She graduated from Hamidrasha School of Art (2016, with honors) and holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering (BGU, 2010). Her work had been exhibited in Chicago, Tokyo, Shanghai, Medellín, Marseille, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and is included in the Joan Flasch Artists Book Collection in Chicago, The Nahum Gutman Museum collection and the IBM Collection in Tel Aviv.

 

Image: Efrat Hakimi, corner office (flotilla VII), acrylic on paper, 2017

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities

Website:

www.efrathakimi.com/

Margot Harrington

Margot Harrington (they/she) is a freelance graphic designer and artist based in Chicago, IL. Much of their work is with non-profits, mission-driven organizations, and cultural institutions. In addition to commissions and client work, Margot an Adjunct Professor of Design with DePaul University and former Art Director of Bitch magazine. As a non-binary queer artist with a non-traditional career path, Margot seeks spaces and opportunities that support people who live outside societal norms in any capacity.

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration

Website:

pitchdesignunion.com/

Ally Hembree

Studio Fellow 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. Artist Anida You Ali awarded Ally the 2018 Student Art Show Juror Prize for her print, Power Based Violence, a catalogue of media produced by Harvey Weinstein. Currently, Ally is focused on incorporating the unforgiving Chicago cityscape into her print making practice.

Image: Ally Hembree, Selection from collection Moments, Polyester Plate Lithography, 2018

Classes by this Artist:

First Impressions: Ally Hembree | Linoleum Block Printing

Products by this Artist:

Sam Hensley

@samsketchbook

Sam Hensley is a printmaker, storyteller and sculptor from Kentucky. She mends together tales of endearing yet unsettling creatures of varying sentience. Nursing the emotion between disgust and affection for things that cannot be understood, she reflects her own experiences with mental illness and feeling misshapen in your habitat. The telling of these stories is further aided by animatronic puppets that she constructs as vessels for her tragically friendly beings. She recently received her BFA from the University of Kentucky.

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

samsketchbook.squarespace.com/paperworks

Samantha Hensley

2020-21 Fellow

Sam Hensley is an printmaker, storyteller and sculptor from Kentucky. She mends together little storybooks for tales of endearing yet unsettling creatures of varying sentience. Nursing the emotion between disgust and affection for things that cannot be understood, she reflects her own experiences with mental illness, gender identity, and just feeling misshapen in your habitat. The telling of these stories is further aided by animatronic puppets that she constructs as vessels for her tragically friendly beings. She recently received her BFA from the university of Kentucky.

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

www.samsketchbook.squarespace.com

Patrick Hogan

I’m old. I’m a dad. I’m an educator. I’ve lived all over. Life is full of challenges.

Services Offered:

  • Graphic Design
  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

www.patrickhogan.info

Genie Hong

Studio Assistant

Genie Hong (b. 1997) is an artist, book maker, photographer, illustrator, and quilter based in Los Angeles and Chicago. She is Sino-Vietnamese, born and raised in the 626 area. Her work explores identity, family, politics, and the complicated situations that arise at the intersections of all of those things. Through humor, she navigates through intergenerational trauma, mental illness, buried pains, and the unique community of first generation children linked by the internet.

Genie has shown in the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Adds Donna Gallery, and has books in the Joan Flasch Special Collections. She is a founding member of the publishing collective, West Coast Friendship Club.

Genie has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2019).

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities
  • Illustration

Website:

g3ni3.com/

Classes by this Artist:

Studio Access Training: Post Production Tools
Studio Access Training: Relief & Monoprinting
Studio Access Training: Nu-Arc Platemaker

Ashley Houghton

Winter 2020 Intern

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities
  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

ashhoughton.com