Updates from December, 2013

  • Upcoming EXHIBIT + FEAST: Basilica Chymica

    5:23 pm on September 16, 2014 | 0 Comments Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , chicago artists month, culinary art, , , , , , underground dining

    Basilica Chymica invite
    illustrated collector’s litho tickets by Raeleen Kao  //  hand-printed by Gabe Hoare of Hoofprint Workshop

    I am super excited to announce Basilica Chymica, an upcoming exhibition organized by the incredible print team at Hoofprint Workshop, and curated by Raeleen Kao.

    The exhibit pairs six artists with six chefs creating all new limited-edition hand-printed works and original culinary dishes… Participants include Vesna Jovanovic, Hillary Grossman (Avec), Edible Alchemy, Kelly Riker, and so on.

    Awesome, right??

    Read on for the press release and the exciting line-up…

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    Basilica Chymica: Exhibition + Feast

    Hoofprint Workshop is pleased to present Basilica Chymica, a collaboration between six visual artists and six chefs, working in pairs to create a synesthetic experience based on the ancient discipline of alchemy. Artists will show sketches and state proofs alongside the finished editions to reveal secret transformations.

    CULINARY PREVIEW (ticketed)
    Friday, October 3rd
    6:30 – 10 pm (dinner: 7 – 9 pm)

    Featuring six courses of small plates and six mini-cocktails, each inspired by a new print-based work.
    PLUS: performance plating, cocktail pairings & live acoustic set by Mawrcrest

    puchase tickets HERE

    Saturday, October 4th
    7 – 10 pm

    Hoofprint Workshop, 2433 S Oakley Ave, Chicago IL

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    DEAN WILLIAMS, underground dining
    SULEY DIMAS, Soho House Chicago
    GRIFFIN BENKO, The Terrace at Trump Tower

    Cocktails by MIKE ZELL, Little Goat

    Organic, cold-pressed juice by Owen + Alchemy

    With organic spirits provided by KOVAL Distillery

    MORE INFO / PRESS: https://www.facebook.com/events/264946417041139

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    *** VIP and Collector’s ticket holders are also invited to attend an exclusive Basilica Chymica tasting at Logan Square’s soon-to-open modern juice apothecary, Owen + Alchemy
    Tuesday, September 30th, 7 – 9pm
    2355 N Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago IL

  • New Classes Start Soon

    10:22 am on December 30, 2013 | 0 Comments Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , classes, learn to print, , , , spudnik press

    This spring, I will be teaching two new classes at a couple of wonderful print studios in Chicago. If you have been curious about screen printing, or learning more about printmaking in general, please follow the links below for more info and to register. Also, if you know anyone who might be interested in signing up for a class or private lesson, please feel free to share… thank you! And of course you can always contact me for any questions :)

    Intro to Screenprinting on PaperBegins Saturday, January 11th!

    8 weeks on Saturdays, 10am – 12:30pm at Spudnik Press

    screenprinting on paper

    Gain basic screenprinting skills for printing onto paper. This class teaches a wide range of skills, including working from basic handmade stencils to using photo emulsion, mixing ink, and creating an edition of clean, sharp, prints. By the end of the class, students will choose an independent project that could be anything from a set of greeting cards to a gig poster, fine-art print, or components for a zine. Students will need to supply all paper for independent projects. All other supplies will be provided.

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    Intro to Printmaking – Begins Monday, February 24th ($20 OFF if you register by Jan 15th)

    6 weeks on Mondays, 6 – 9pm at Chicago Printmakers Collaborative

    intro to print

    This six-week course offers an introduction to a range of printmaking techniques with which to produce original work. Students will learn and explore many types of printmaking, including screen printing, relief, monotype, and intaglio. Works will be printed with the press and by hand. This course is a general introduction to many of the processes available at CPC, as well as a great refresher course. Some materials are included and a supply list will be provided on the first day.

  • This Saturday! 24th International Small Print Show at CPC

    1:34 pm on December 3, 2013 | 0 Comments Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , cpc, , , , holiday sale, ,

    This weekend is the 24th Annual International Small Print Show & Holiday Sale at Chicago Printmakers Collaborative

    This is a fantastic event, with a huge selection of beautiful, hand-crafted art prints and other works. Participating artists include Megan Sterling, Jeff Lassahn, Duffy O’Connor, Amy Ventura, Misha Goro, Hiroshi Ariyama, Deborah Maris Lader, Dan Grzeca, and many others. I will have some new works in the show as well.

    In addition, expect plenty of homemade treats, warm drinks, and great people. Come celebrate with us!

    small prints cpc 2013

    Opening: Saturday & Sunday, December 7 & 8
    open 11 am – 7 pm, both days

    Preview: Friday, Dec 6, 12-5 pm

    Exhibition runs through January 31, 2014

    Chicago Printmakers Collaborative
    4642 N. Western Ave, Chicago IL

    more info: CPC Gallery News

  • Linework 4!

    12:42 pm on May 20, 2013 | 0 Comments Permalink | Reply

    I have some new comics and work in the Linework Comics Anthology, Issue 4, that was just released.

    Linework is Columbia College’s comics anthology, started by cartoonist and professor Ivan Brunetti. The anthology is student-run, featuring the work of students, alumni, and faculty of Columbia College Chicago. Each issue is put together with a lot of heart and incredible talent.

    Marieke McClendon, one of the editors of Linework 4, recently made a quick promo video of the new issue:

    Linework 4 will be available for purchase soon, at places like Quimby’s, Chicago Comics, Shop Columbia (623 S. Wabash Ave), as well as the upcoming CAKE fest.

    Additionally, there are a number of Linework 4 Special Edition issues (coming soon) for which select artists were invited to contribute small works of art, prints, mini-comics, etc. I made a small edition of prints for the Special Edition issue, which I will be posting soon.

    To learn more, visit the Linework Comics Anthology Official Tumblr. Thanks!!

  • CPC's 6th Annual $20 Cash 'N Carry Sale

    11:31 pm on May 12, 2013 | 0 Comments Permalink | Reply

    cpc 20poster

    Next Saturday! The 6th Annual $20 Print Sale at Chicago Printmakers Collaborative!

    Great way to get some highly affordable, locally-made prints, posters, tees, and other fun stuff. I will have some things in the show for sale too. There’s always so much good stuff to take in and enjoy, so come as early as you can!

    Opening Reception:

    Saturday, May 18th, 2013
    12-6 pm

    Chicago Printmakers Collaborative
    4642 N. Western Ave, Chicago IL

    Show runs through June 8th
    Gallery hours: Fri & Sat, 12-5 pm (and by appointment)

  • Upcoming Class: Fundamentals of Relief Printmaking

    9:53 am on May 10, 2013 | 0 Comments Permalink | Reply

    I’ve got some exciting news!

    Starting next month, Duffy O’Connor and I will be co-teaching the relief printmaking class at Chicago Printmakers Collaborative. Duffy is full-time faculty at Harrington College of Design, where he teaches drawing, design fundamentals, and relief printmaking. He has been working with this process a lot longer than I have, so it is a real honor to teach alongside him.

    For this class, we will be covering everything from single to multi-color relief prints on wood and linoleum, printing by both hand and press, transferring images, and much more. Here are the details:

    Fundamentals of Relief Printmaking
    Mondays, June 3 – July 22, 2013
    8 weeks, 6 – 9pm
    For more info, sign up/share, visit: CPC Class Schedule

    Here we are working on a woodcut for the poster, which we designed and carved ourselves. We even printed some of the posters using handmade ink!

    printing poster

    Final woodcut poster, 11″ x 17″ (click for larger):

    Relief Poster CPC 2013

    The ink-mixing process: The pigment is thoroughly mixed with Burnt Plate Oil No. 3 to create rich and smooth printing ink.


    ink mixing

    ink station

  • Cover Illustration for "The Book of Destruction"

    5:32 pm on September 12, 2012 | 0 Comments Permalink | Reply

    I was excited to receive my copies of the recently published “The Book of Destruction” by Anand.

    This is the first cover illustration I’ve done for Penguin Books and I’m very pleased with how it came out! The illustration is based on one of the stories in the book, The Tailor, in which elaborate outfits escape from a tailor’s shop and take over bodies, in a macabre, magical-realism sort of way.

    "Book of Destruction" by Anand

    The original illustration:

    BOD Cover Illo

  • Art in Print Journal Review

    7:12 pm on July 26, 2012 | 0 Comments Permalink | Reply

    The latest issue of Art in Print, a journal focusing history and culture of art and print, featured an article that kindly mentions Struwwelpeter! Written by Courtney R. Thompson, the article covers the recent “Pulled, Pressed, Printed” exhibition at Expo 72 in Chicago. The show included various Chicago printmakers and shops, including Spudnik Press, where I completed Struwwelpeter in 2010 and which had one of the books on display. I’m very honored that Thompson chose to mention the book and feature some of the images as part of her review.

    Art in Print, 'Pulled Pressed Printed' ReviewArt in Print, Vol 2, No 2

  • Thanks + Images

    9:38 pm on July 23, 2012 | 0 Comments Permalink | Reply

    Many thanks to everyone who came out to the opening last Saturday! It was lovely to see so many great friends and meet new ones. I am so grateful for the lovely and warm reception.

    The exhibition will run through September 1st, at Chicago Printmakers Collaborative (CPC), located at 4642 N Western Ave in Lincoln Square. The gallery hours are NOON – 5 PM on Fridays and Saturdays, or by appointment (see above link for contact info). Hope you can check it out if you have a chance!

    Below are some of the prints on display. More photos from the actual opening coming soon…

    Strange Mad Song, 2012
    “Strange Mad Song”, 2012, Screenprint and Woodcut, 15 in x 22 in

    Hollow Feeder, 2012
    “Hollow Feeder”, 2012, Screenprint, 11.5 in x 17.5 in

    This is the completed narrative woodcut series I’ve been working on. The cover and story are printed on the front and back of the belly band, which runs around the entire print suite.

    Man Is Not A Bird, full suite, 2012
    “Man Is Not A Bird”, 2012, Print Suite of Ten Woodcut Prints, 11 in x 15 in

    In The Forest (MINAB Series), 2012
    “In The Forest”, from Man Is Not A Bird, Woodcut, 11 in x 15 in

    The Kill And The Departure (MINAB Series), 2012
    “The Kill And The Departure”, from Man Is Not A Bird, Woodcut, 11 in x 15 in

    Man Is Not A Bird, print suite front & back
    “Man Is Not A Bird”, Front and Back views with band

  • Upcoming! Solo Exhibition at CPC, Saturday July 14th

    4:06 pm on July 3, 2012 | 0 Comments Permalink | Reply

    For the past few months, I have been working on some new prints at Chicago Printmakers Collaborative (CPC). This includes a series of ten woodblock prints based on a story I wrote, as well as a collection of new screenprints, and a mix of both…

    It has been really exciting working at CPC, since part of the time I spent there I pushed myself to explore media I was not as familiar or comfortable with – such as writing and working in relief printmaking. I learned a great deal though I’m also aware I only tapped the surface of the possibilities… so much more to explore!

    The exhibit will run through September 1st… Here is the info on the show, please save the date!

    Solo Exhibition promo

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