Vidisha Aggarwal

Fellow

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities
  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

vidishaaggarwal.com

Project Statement:

I would like to use my time at the Spudnik Press Cooperative to reflect upon and bring to fruition the many ideas that I experimented with throughout my school career to create a polished body of works that I can eloquently talk about, exhibit and share with the world.

My practice thus far has included creating experiential, interactive installations at a human scale that transform and manipulate the space around them through participation and interaction. An exploration that started with the intention to challenge the traditional roles of artists and viewers has now transcended into exploring more nuanced and personal topics of belonging, authorship, and agency that we as occupants have within the spaces that surround us. While I was previously drawn to the simplicity that my dyed and printed fabric constructions processed within the myriad of colors, textures and opacities employed, they lack a more concise language of mark making and representational content that could drive the work further. I would like to use silkscreen printing, as an extension of the drawing process, to translate images onto the fabrics that I have previously dyed and heat-pressed to combine the drawing, painting, and printing skills I have learned over the years with the surface that I have come to enjoy the most.

Atlan Arceo-Witzl

Fellow

Atlan Arceo-Witzl is a Mexican-American visual artist and creator whose work is concerned with everyday rituals, icons, symbols, objects, and language. He is a recent graduate of Skidmore College with a BS in Studio Art, concentrating in relief printmaking, sculpture and drawing. He lives outside of Chicago in Oak Park, IL pursuing a career in the arts and enjoying the fascinating human game of communication.

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

atlan-arceowitzl.squarespace.com/

Project Statement:

While studying printmaking in my undergraduate program at Skidmore College, I found an interest in ritualistic repetition of form, communication through symbols, and collaboration between mediums. My heritage has played an important role in influencing the imagery of my work, drawing from Mesoamerican culture through to kitschy American print ephemera. There is a peculiar duality between things concrete and disposable, ancient and contemporary.

The visual effect of a print changes depending on its context and the way it is utilized. Some display words and images to advertise or bring attention to an idea. Some adorn a blank space, adding richness to the foundation layer. Others are the couriers, the mortar between human communications.

At Spudnik, I am interested in producing a cohesive body of work. I hope to experiment with printing on various substrates and combining different printing processes including letterpress, screen printing, woodcut relief, and risograph. Through this series, I seek to further explore the dynamic possibilities in communicating through symbols.

Lisa Armstrong

Fellow

Lisa Glenn Armstrong is a multidisciplinary designer and educator currently based in Chicago. She received her MFA in Motion Graphic Design from California Institute of the Arts in 2018 and her BFA in Graphic Design from DePaul University in 2012. She currently teaches DePaul University’s School of Cinematic Arts.

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

www.lisaglennarmstrong.com/

Project Statement:

In my work, I explore themes of metaphysics, healing, and vulnerability. As a motion and graphic designer, I often employ the use of typography combined with abstraction and illustrated forms. My thesis work in graduate school involved a series of projects centered around empathy, a subject I plan to continue to investigate through my fellowship at Spudnik Press Cooperative.

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)

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.

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

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Lya Finston

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.

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.

Grace Makuch

Grace Makuch is a printmaker and artist living in Chicago, Illinois. She is interested in the dissemination of language and information within the context of contemporary social entropy. Deeply bothered by a political administration and status quo that is shrouded in secrecy and thrives upon the decomposition of thoughtful communication, Makuch makes work that is a call and response to feeling helpless, manic, and confused in the 21st century. She graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art, Magna Cum Laude, from Columbia College in 2016. Her work has been shown at the Chicago Printmaker’s Collaborative, Spudnik Press, and Mouthwash Magazine. Makuch is a recent alumni of the Spudnik Press Studio Fellowship program.

She may be reached at gmakuch1@gmail.com.

 

Updates on her ongoing drawing project and other art related content can be viewed at instagram.com/polenta_girl

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities
  • Illustration
  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

www.gracemakuch.com

Classes by this Artist:

Community Workshop: Riso on the Run: How to Quickly Print and Bind Your Own Getaway Planner

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Dan Manion

Fellow

A recent BFA Printmaking graduate of Ohio University, Dan Manion is an interdisciplinary artist and storyteller with an affinity for all forms of visual and auditory narrative. He wishes to continue pursuing printed and moving imagery to expand upon his experimentation with various storytelling forms which allow us to simultaneously escape, cope with, and confront our own experiences with the world. His narrative goals aim to evoke intimate, visceral and empathetic connections between diverse viewers.

Website:

www.danmanion.net

Project Statement:

I am interested in experimenting with various materials to craft compelling stories.

In August of 2016, my brother and I exhibited a collaborative installation called “We Are Building A Ship,” where we crafted an experimental comic consisting of three interrelated storylines, each covering their own wall. The comics surrounded the viewer, placing them in the center of this imagined world. We used large screen printed comic panels in tandem with painted glass sculptures of the setting in which these stories were taking place. We wanted the audience to experience a fictional world we conceived through small fragments that provoked further investigation.

My intention with this Studio Fellowship is to continue my experimentation using print media as a vehicle to produce immersive narratives. Stories ​encourage empathy, which is exceedingly important in cultivating understanding between individuals, especially in the current political climate. ​These stories would be told through comics, vignettes, moving imagery, and other forms. I want to utilize printmaking methods I am already familiar with (i.e. relief and silkscreen) as well as with methods I would like to learn more about (i.e. risography and letterpress) to disseminate my work.

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