Anita Jung

Member / Past Artist-In-Residence

Professional artist, lecturer, and educational activist Anita Jung creates works of art involving repurposing, printmaking, stencils, installation and shadow art that are known and exhibited internationally.

Services Offered:

  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

www.anitajungart.com

Residency Period:

Jun 2018–Jun 2018

Project Statement:

Anita Jung applied to the 2018 Artist Residency at Spudnik Press with her partner Tom Christison. While they are an artist couple who maintain separate studios and studio practices, both explore an aesthetic and political practice that involves recycling and fragmentation. Their work comes from a dedicated practice of making in a world that seems to continuously be on the brink of self- destruction. This residency will examine the cross-fertilization of ideas, techniques and dialogue that influence their works. Their studios are across town from one another, the Spudnik residency will not only permit them to experience working in closer proximity but to take advantage of the planned Chicago Print Crawl through a participatory community-based event.
Image: Anita Jung, Jali Sunyata 1, 2017 (detail).

Anne Kelly

Anne Kelly has studied a wide variety of printmaking and encaustic mixed media techniques with several artists, including Sarah Smelser, Dutes Miller, Donna Brown, Steve Fisher, Jeffrey Hirst, and Sarah Rehmer, in an effort to hone her own personal style and process. Her printmaking often centers on viscosity-inked monoprints that experiment with color and overlapping, repetitive layers. Surrounding landscape features are her primary influence, particularly the Niagara Escarpment connecting her to her daughter Mamie in Stratford, Ontario. Additionally Anne enjoys creating collagraph prints from found objects.

Alex Kostiw

Member / Past Artist-In-Residence

Alex Kostiw is a graphic designer, artist, and educator in Chicago. She works with folks to tell their stories through brand identities, publications, and printed matter. In her own practice, she deals in poetic and reimagined text and image, visual structures of comics, and conceptually driven forms. Alex teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

 

 

Services Offered:

  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration

Website:

alexkostiw.com

Residency Period:

Sep 2016–Dec 2016

Project Statement:

Reading is both encounter and empathy, an act in which we are given another place or perspective and allow ourselves to mistake it for our own. My practice explores reading and its potential through books of experimental comics and short fiction. I think of books as mysterious containers or knots in our reality—small, yet holding a remarkable density of experience. My books are typically slim and light and have an interactive quality, opening for the reader in unusual ways. They require the reader to twist or turn or peek into the work to unravel its content. The physical form reflects the story’s twists and turns; creates opportunities to surprise and entrance the reader (say, with a mark hidden in a fold, or recombining images); and moreover, suggests that what we see is just a trace—an idea that is tied to comics’ structure. I am fascinated by the gutters in comics, the gaps between panels where much of a story lives. This white space is rich with implicit moments that the reader knows reflexively. It locates the story, its environment, and its characters are existing somewhere between the book and the reader’s imagination, but not wholly in either place. To explore this notion, my comics and writing play on and push how little I can give to a reader while still establishing the sense of a substantial narrative. While the sculptural book form creates literal hidden spaces, sparse visuals and brief text invite the reader’s careful attention and realization that the gaps are not empty, but home to an invisible world. A great influence on my practice has been Anne Carson’s if not, winter, her translation of the poet Sappho’s work, which survives only in small fragments. The result is disjointed lines consisting often of short phrases or even just single words that, despite being incomplete, feel incredibly loaded with meaning. The full, original meaning of the poetry is inaccessible to the reader, but the poignancy of its fragmentation makes what remains potent. I parsed out some of my thoughts on the book in an essay comic [Sappho], but haven’t shaken its hold. My illustrations are also informed by traditional comics, which usually render things simply to make the story easy to inhabit, avoiding the static feel of realism. Economic use of line and color allows me to shift between figurative and abstract, making illustrations almost open-ended, hinting at specific characters, objects, and settings with restrained detail, and activating negative space. My narratives also put the tangible and intangible in tension, posing questions of what is real, what isn’t, and to whom. They put emotional and physical distances between characters, and point to them as a realm of misunderstanding. Some pieces create that kind of distance for the reader as well by introducing a recognizable subject, then skewing it into something unfamiliar. My work seeks to complicate the reader’s understanding of reality by fostering the sense that there exists more than what they can see and comprehend. Reading becomes a kind of magic that actives a narrative and grazes its invisible world; and, with the work relying on the reader’s physical and imaginative efforts, my aim is for the magic to be carried in them beyond the page.

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David Krzeminski

My fine art is mostly an exploration of high-contrast abstract drawings. Free-form lines, dots, and shapes are combined with ridged grids and geometric patterns to create pieces that are randomly drawn, yet highly structured compositions. Most of my pieces are created as black and white ink drawings, and then select pieces are reimagined by screen printing them with high-contrast, fluorescent, and vibrant colors.

David Krzeminski. Artist/Graphic Designer living in Chicago. Graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BFA in Visual Communication (2009). Currently working full time as a Graphic Layout Specialist for Freeman Decorating since 2013.

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

www.davekrz.com/

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Dan Landgren

2020 Fellow

I am a motion and graphic designer based in Chicago. I graduated from DePaul University with a BFA in Graphic Design and a minor in Animation. As a multi-disciplinary designer, artist, and printmaker I have experience in 2D/3D animation, UX/UI design, videography + photography, bookmaking, screen printing, and risography. The driving force behind my work is experimentation and learning.

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

www.dlandgren.com/

Gary W. Lehman

Gary Lehman is a Chicago based visual artist. He captures the emotional and physical characteristics of a subject through gestures. The subject matter consists of emotional charged spaces, buildings or events. Currently he is working on a variety of linoleum block prints, which best characterize his linework and artistic style.

He has completed artwork across a range of media but all of it reflects is personal style. Currently he is working in a printmaking media and relief sculpture.

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities
  • Illustration
  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

www.garywlehman.com/about/

Nicolette Lim

Member

I am a Malaysian born artist that is currently based in Chicago. I work across mediums with a core in drawing and print. My work seeks to expose the inherited myths of inevitable violence created by the colonizers in Malaysian history, and how it has affected the queer community, women and the environment in my home country.

Services Offered:

  • Illustration
  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

www.nicolettelim.com