Marc Benja

2019-20 Fellow

Benja received his Bachelors of Arts from Columbia College Chicago with a focus in painting, printmaking, and photography. His experience with printmaking is especially focused on  intaglio processes, such as drypoint and photo-sensitive printing plates, monotypes, relief printing, chine collé, and gel plate printing, using various inks and paints. After a substantial, successful corporate career, Benja is entering the Fellowship to pursue his lifelong passion for the arts.

 

Image: Marc Benja, untitled, Relief print and monotype on paper, 2009.

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities

Website:

www.instagram.com/marc.benja/

Molly Berkson

Fellow

Molly Berkson is a multi-disciplinary artist working primarily in paper, print, book, and fiber crafts. She has a fondness for the subcultures and subcultural practices that employ amateur and anti-authoritarian ideologies, and an appreciation for craft in all its forms–in its distinct and intermingling boundaries. In her practice, she patchworks together these specific aesthetic practices and do-it-yourself methods.

Berkson lives in Chicago and is a teaching artist with After School Matters and ElevArte Community Studio. She recently exhibited work at After School Special in Milwaukee WI, Femme4Femme in Chicago as part of 2nd Floor Rear, and at the Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, NY, where she was a studio intern in 2016. Berkson graduated with her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2015.

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities
  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

www.mollyberkson.com/

Project Statement:

While working at the Women’s Studio Workshop last year, I learned about processing plants for papermaking and using different print processes on handmade paper. I collected plants from the roadside, made them into pulp and played with couching different fibers on top of each other. I then experimented with woodcut, letterpress and silkscreen on top of crispy, smooth, or soft fibers.

At the same time, I began sewing my first quilt. By working in these methods simultaneously I felt the ways that these distinct skills are connected. Couching shaped sheets was like piecing quilt squares, building compositions from variations in texture and color of plant material. A woodcut printed on the surface was the top stitch connecting the pieces together.

Like quilting, these paper works used a type of waste material: ruderal plants and weeds were like the plant world versions of collections of unused textile scraps in the quilter’s studio. Fundamental to my work is an understanding that fiber craft and print media facilitate exchange, tell stories, and can occupy categorizations of both expert and amateur distinctions. Making quilt-like paper works at the Women’s Studio Workshop began to touch on these ideas.

At Spudnik, I want to push these quilt-paper pieces further. I envision this project developing over three parts: 1. Experiment with the handmade paper I already made, building up layers of prints, collaging techniques together, and developing concept. 2. Using this first step as research to make a new batch of ruderal plant quilt-paper, and then 3. Editioning prints.

Classes by this Artist:

Papermaking: Pulp, Sculpt and Print (February)
Papermaking Basics (March)
Papermaking Explorations (May)
From Plant to Paper: Making Paper with Milkweed
Papermaking Workshop: Native Milkweed

Emma Bilyeu

Fellow

Emma Bilyeu is a visual artist working out of her basement studio in Humboldt Park, Chicago. As a student of printmaking and book arts she likes to incorporate paper, letter shapes, book forms, and multiples into her work. With this she is able to explore ideas of communication and storytelling. When not in the studio, Emma is cuddling her dog, reading dystopian or self-help literature, or painting edges of business cards at Rohner Letterpress.

Website:

www.emmabilyeu.com

Project Statement:

During the course of this Fellowship I would like to create a new artist book edition with supporting printed elements to create a well-rounded body of work ready for exhibition.

With access to Spudnik facilities, I will implement multiple printing methods for the completion of this project. The bulk of the case-bound book will consist of copperplate intaglio prints that include screen printed and letterpress elements. I hope to experiment with translucency though the use of transparent and/or clear substrates, building layered imagery.

I would like to use this book and supporting, framed visual elements as a vehicle to explore ideas of communication, more specifically communication between myself and those I love. With text-like elements in a book-like format I plan to address the benefits of transparency in dialogue all the while finding comfort in a hidden fog of silence or ambiguity.

Teri Carson

2019-20 Fellow

Teresita Carson Valdéz is a Chicago based artist working in fiber, film, photography, print media and installation. She received her Bachelors in Fine Arts from the School of the Art institute of Chicago. Recent exhibition sites include Adds Donna Gallery and Mana Contemporary. Her awards and honors include winning first prize for her screenplays Poly Esther, Chucky’s Feast, 1st and 10, Shlomo’s Night Out, and Ratacholo. Her short films have been shown at festivals around the world and at curated film exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art of San Diego.

 

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities

Website:

www.teresitacarsonvaldez.com

Jazmin Dua

Jazmin Dua b. 1991 a multidisciplinary artist focusing on photography and printmaking.  Her art is a form of visual storytelling, interested in conveying moments of surveillance, life, and interactions. She devises rituals within her work creating photographs and prints of everyday experiences. 

Website:

jazmindua.com/

Classes by this Artist:

Community Workshop: Monotype like Matisse

Products by this Artist:

Ben Garbus

Fellow

Ben Garbus is an artist working in Chicago. He holds a BA from Oberlin College and has exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy, the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, and SPACES Gallery in Cleveland. Garbus hails from western Massachusetts.

Website:

www.bengarbus.com

Project Statement:

My practice is rooted in re-framing that which reads as neutral, atemporal, and mundane, because now more than ever, nothing is. At Spudnik, I’ll be developing a suite of text-based works on paper that mobilize the gravity of print media to elaborate upon banal phraseology, constructing ordinary ideas as authentic fragments of subjective experience through print. Handmade signage, small-town newspapers, tattoos, and comics, all printed indications of the way people find meaning in everydayness, will serve as key points of reference for me.

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/

Ally Hembree

Studio Fellow

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.

Sean Mac

Sean Mac is a Chicago-based illustrator, cartoonist, and muralist.

He uses comic books and zines as a platform for storytelling and narrative. His work uses loose linework and vibrant colors to tell humorous and intimate stories within each panel. 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.

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

www.sugarbro.com

Vero d. Orozco

2019-20 Fellow

Vero d. Orozco is a Nicaraguan-American born in San Francisco, California. She is a mix-medium visual artist and art administrator. Her artistic process has evolved from nurturing her alternative way of screen-printing; Being born with one hand, she screen-prints each image onto paper intuitively, creating final pieces that live between printmaking and painting. Being a youth advocate in the arts and having worked in youth development for 5 years she considers her art practice an essential tool to her mental health and tapping into her inner wisdom. Vero strives to be a cheerleader for reflective conversations of knowledge and hopes to provide spaces for collaborative understanding around equity in the arts.

 

Image: Vero d. Orozco, Roaming Notes, screenprint and acrylic paint, 2012.

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities

Website:

www.verodorozco.com/

Brendan Robson

Currently a designer in Chicago, Brendan Robson graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a BFA in Graphic Design in May of 2017. As a designer Brendan enjoys exploring the areas of intersection between analog and digital content and the opportunities for discovery that exists within that space. Primarily focused on aspects of design, printmaking, and multimedia installation, Brendan’s personal body of work addresses themes of memory constructs, genetics, digital identity, and stasis.

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

www.brendanrobson.com