Friday, October 15, 2010

Printmaker Geekery Alert!!!

Here is my first pic from the 2010 Mid-Atlantic Print Conference in Minneapolis, MN:

Cole Rogers, Master Printer at Highpoint Center for Printmaking, and Zac Williams-Bliss, his assistant, are demonstrating a large-scale, multi-layered, pin-registered chin colle technique they perfected with the help of Brian Shure. Shure studied with Chinese and Japanese scroll mounters to perfect this, I have to say, impressive technique. And they are working LARGE, with multiple layers of print, on very thin gampi. That grayish thing that Cole is brushing on is the print.

Very excited about the possibilities for combining multiple media on paper together! That is a Julie Mehretu print they are using for the demo, by the way.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Fall is Falling

Fall is upon us, and I have some news! Once again, everything is reaching
criticalmass in a one week stretch.

1) My hilarious hottie of a girlfriend has been squirreling away with her computer, writing blog after blogof comic genius. And she is getting noticed for it! She is featured this week on Included in the article are some pics I took, but more importantly, this is more exposure for her amazing writing. Beware: astute social commentary wrapped in an attractive package. Click on the image below to go right to the article:

And, bonus!!! The article was featured on's October 5th "Morning Brew".

2) This Thursday, as a part of the Nomadic Studio project, I am participating in a panel at the DePaul University Museum called:
Printmaker as Distributor, Collaborator, and Facilitator


DePaul University Museum, 2350 N Kenmore Ave.
October 7, 6-7:30pm

How does the history of print as a medium for the dissemination of information affect the role of contemporary printmakers? Does this draw more educators to the medium? How does the communal print studio affect the nature of artwork being created? Does the emphasis on technique, craft, and tools create an environment welcoming to new students or restricted?

Printmaker as Distributor, Collaborator, and Facilitator will explore the role of education within contemporary printmaking. Panelists will include Wrik Repasky, Coordinator of Printmaking at Harold Washington, Tom Lucas, Director of the Printmaking Department at Lill Street Art Center, and CJ Mace, MFA student through Columbia College Book and Paper program. The panel will be moderated by Angee Lennard, founder and director of Spudnik Press Cooperative.

This event is organized by the Stockyard Institute and Spudnik Press.

3) And, this Friday, an opening reception for the Chicago Printer's Guilds first show. I have a print installation created in collaboration with Sanya Glisic in the show:

Friday, October 8 · 6:00pm - 11:00pm

Chicago Urban Art Society
2229 S. Halsted Street

The first annual CPG show is taking place between October 8-17th! The Chicago Urban Art Society will be hosting over 40 Chicago-based printmakers, all part of the Chicago Printers Guild. The collection will include a wide variety of print-media including typeface, lithography and even some 3-D work. Please pass this on to all your friends and family and lets make the most of this exciting event!


All in all, a little bit of something for everyone, whether you are in the Chicagoland area or not.
Wish you were here if you aren't!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Art on Track: Success!

All I have to say is, "Thanks Chicago for the wild ride!"....
Art on Track was a tremendous success. Spudnik's Press's group installation looked fabulous, moving with the movements of the train, as did the entire length of Train #8. The Spudnik Press end of the car included the work of Sanya Glisic, Liz Born, Michelle Mashon, and Nev Pilipovic-Wengler. Also in Train #8 was a local painter, Renee Robbins, and photographer Beth Mercer.

We raised a whole bunch of money for artist and commmunity access at Spudnik with the mini-print machines.

Angee Lennard, the Director of Spudnik, was busy printing woodcuts while the train was in motion.

Plus, there was a lot of coverage of the event, including documentation of the entire process by Six Inches from the Center, a local non-profit working to photograph and archive the emerging art scene here in Chicago.

We also got some mainstream media coverage, including a spot on the local ABC affiliate,

a piece on Chicago Public Radio's Eight Forty-Eight,

a little article on page 3 of the August 6th Chicago Tribune,

and an article in the Chicago Sun Times.

Thanks the few thousand people who were brave enough to try this unique art interaction!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Printers' Ball Coverage

Printeresting posted a great article about Printers' Ball, mentioning my demo on journal-making with the Chicago Books to Women in Prison and pics from the Collaborative Broadside Project:

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Leo-like End of Summer

What started as a lamb of a summer is going out like a lion, so help me celebrate my first year in Chicago at a few killer art events I am involved with in July and August:
a sneak peak of one of the printed fabric sculptures I will be installing
Here. It. Comes........
Sat. Aug. 7, 2010: Art on Track
8 Trains. 1 Track. Gobs of Artists.
Have you ever gotten on the L-train and something so strange was going down that you felt completely disoriented, unsure of where you were?
Well, get ready to feel that again. On purpose!

We will be circling the Loop for 5 hours on the Orange Line in trains converted into mobile art installation environments, each one with different artists and different approaches. Your ticket lets you jump trains to your heart's content as we circle downtown Chicago.

The details:
When: Sat. August 7, 2010 5-10pm
Where: Downtown Chicago, The Loop Orange Line, Entrances at Adams/Wabash and Washington/Wells
Admission: $10 at station (or get a 30% discount online when you use the promotional code AoTFriend at
Car I will be on: Train 8(Addington Gallery)
Who will in our car:

Addington Gallery

featuring: Beth Mercer

Like a marathon of art, we have only a few hours to install the whole train with, with no electricity and twenty minutes to de-install.

This is the Iron Man of Art. Come see how the race unfolds!

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July 30, 2010 The Printer's Ball: Print Loves Digital
The sixth annual Printers’ Ball, which this year takes as its theme “Print Loves Digital,” is an annual celebration of literary culture founded by Poetry magazine and other independent Chicago literary organizations. The Printers’ Ball is produced with the Center for Book & Paper Arts and the Student Affairs Offices of Columbia College Chicago.

FRIDAY, JULY 30, 2010 /// 6 PM TO 11 PM


Lots of magazines. Books. Posters. Galore.
Broadsides & busy beavers. Newspapers & weeklies.
Zines. Poetry, fiction & all that. Buttons, stickers
& more. Reading & performing, or something like it.
Red carpet. Screenings, Web things & digital
writing — electrified in general; because PRINT <3DIGITAL .
Making, inking, stamping. Getting hands dirty.
Dancing, music, DJs. Playing. All free.

+ Beer, food & revelry.

As part of the Printers' Ball, in a collaborative project organized by the Chicago Printer's Guild, the Center for Book and Paper, and Poetry Magazine, 20 artists were paired with 20 poets to produce a portfolio of broadsides to be released at the celebration.

In collaboration with poet Leila Wilson, my contribution can be seen below :

The portfolio release time has not been announced yet, so come to the party and view the portfolio while you are there getting your hands dirty with a little letterpress, screen printing, papermaking, and the Copy Jam!

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Sat., July 24th, 2010 Spudnik Press Celebrates 3 years!
Three Far Out Years
Spudnik Press Fundraiser and Celebration
Saturday, July 24, 2010

Open House

1821 W Hubbard, Suite 308

Fundraiser and Celebration

at Happy Dog Gallery,
1542 N Milwaukee, 2nd Floor
6 pm – Midnight
Silent Auction ends at 10pm

This is the cooperative where I do a lot of my printing, especially my screen printing. They both provide a space for artists to print and do a lot of community education. Featured artists include:
Sanya Glisic, Rachel Niffenegger, Paul Nudd, Jeremy Tinder, Sonnenzimmer, Ellen Gradman, Sue Coe, Michael Miller, Andrew Blair, Cynthia King, Jeremy Lundquist, Wrik Repasky, Dutes Miller, Alex Chitty, Kathryn Rodrigues, Kim Heiney, Minna Sora, Angee Lennard, Jessica Taylor, Laura Szumowski, Liz Born, Brian Hoffmeister, Stano Grezdo, Pablo Phillipps, Erick Jurado, Dan Falco, Stacey Colangelo, Julia Hendrickson, Mischa Kegan, Daniel Mellis, Justin Santora, Jay Ryan (The Bird Machine), Tom Wilder, Matt Nichols, Hilesh Patel, and Fred Stone & Chris Flynn (donated by Anchor Graphics, a program of the Art & Design Department at Columbia College Chicago).

With music by New Now Know How and DJ Tomeeo.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

The P.I.T 5x7 Box is Available!

It may be summer break, but Pulp, Ink, Thread, the graduate student group of the Interdisciplinary Book and Paper MFA program at Columbia, has a new publishing project now available for sale. This project is a fundraiser, proceeds going to group activities like visiting lecturers andprofessional development trips. This is an awesome taster project by a great group of artists with more work to come. To view this project or if you are interested in purchasing this project, please e-mail me.
screenprint on handmade abaca, hemp, flax paper

screenprint on Lettra

Contributing artists:

Haley Nagy
Maggie Puckett
Don Widmer
Daniel Mellis
CJ Mace
Amy Rabas
Trisha Martin
Jana Sim
April Llewellyn

In addition to designing and printing the cover and colophon, my contribution to this project is Mantis Mash-Up!, a lasercut, screenprint that can be pulled apart to make a modular sculpture. How you put it back together is your choice!