Book Fort is a roving book fair that seeks to create meaningful interactions between communities, independent publishers, and literary organizations.
From paper and paste to hip hop samples and glitching, collage is a long-standing strategy for exploring, exploiting, and reordering visual and sensory culture. Collage has appeared in wildly distinct forms across all the major art and culture movements of the 20th and 21st century, from surrealism to riot grrrl to net art. This exhibition is open to femme artists of all genders working across all disciplines, with a specific emphasis on video, sound, and works on paper.
Join me at the opening reception for Wild Cuts. The show closes on August 12.
Chicago's Alternative Latino Music Festival returns, and we're exhibiting in the L@s Bookmakers Tent alongside Latinx Mujerx writers, zinesters, makers, and go-getters. Grab your tix now!
A One Night Only Art Event
SEPTIC THE OUTLAW
Don't miss out on DEALS DEALS DEALS!
Everything must go!
Bring your change, bring your checkbooks.
Tattooed Mom (Upstairs)
530 South St.
Friday June 30, 2017
7pm to Midnight
Zines offer a unique way for libraries to expand their print connections and connect with their communities in a time when so much of our work is going digital. Handmade publications that can cover any subject, many zines represent perspectives rarely covered in other print media. Their celebration of print culture may seem anachronistic, but zines offer a range of programming opportunities for youth and adults alike. This pavilion includes Zine creators, librarians who manage zine collections and a display of topical zines which will be raffled off to a library at the close of the exhibits.
The first ever Lone Star Zine Fest is a free event at Cheer Up Charlie's on the afternoon of Sunday, June 11th.
We aim to provide an opportunity for the zine community to come together to show Austin what a diverse array of zine talents we have in Central Texas!
Tabling (zine sales, exhibits, workshops) will go from 1-4pm. After that, we'll have a zine reading / performance / networking-funtime-happy hour until 6ish.
Celebrating 10 Years of Community Printmaking
Printmaking Competitions / Games & Prizes / Hands-on Studio Tours / Member Art Sale / Food & Refreshments / & More
If anyone knows how to party it’s us nerdy printmakers! No seriously, we turn ten this year and are letting our hair down. We’re throwing a party so big it takes over the entire Hubbard Street Lofts and spills out into the parking lot.
We’re proud to have accomplished so much and want our friends to celebrate with us. Join us on Saturday, June 3, 12pm – 5pm as we gift our friends, family, and neighbors a day of printmaking competitions, games & prizes, hands-on art projects, studio tours, member art sale, food & refreshments.
For our ten-year anniversary, we’ve created ten hands-on printmaking projects and friendly art-making challenges that will give you an understanding of what Spudnik Press Cooperative is all about. Learn about a variety of print processes while watching professional printers pull prints while blindfolded – both educational and highly entertaining. Then get a little inky yourself by completing in our all-ages (and experience levels) Audience Printing Dashes.
To keep you fueled for the festivities, we’ll have food on hand with meat & vegetarian options, iced coffee, cold beer, and DJ Pickled Beets (Jenny Greene and Ian Dinsmor) spinning vinyl. You’ll need your energy as you try to get a B.I.N.G.O. (ah-hem P.R.I.N.T.) by getting a screenprint tattoo, letterpressing your own birthday card, viewing our member exhibition and much more.
A suggested admission of $15 ($5 for kids/students) directly supports the Equipment Fund, a special fund set aside to help the community press maintain their rare presses and bring new tools and equipment to the shared workshop. Donate $25 and save 10% as you stock up on Spudnik merchandise and score a reusable shopping bag that you get to print yourself in the Spudnik Press studios!
We’ve made it a decade! Come celebrate with us!
Julia Arredondo, Stella Brown, William Camargo & Yvette Mayorga, Monica Chadha & Carlo Parente, Raul De Lara, Angela Davis Fegan, Alejandro Jimenez Flores, Alfredo Garcia, Danny Giles & Sharmyn Cruz Rivera, Jaclyn Jacunski, Leo Kaplan, Morten Kvamme, Kirsten Leenaars, Ruslana Lichtzier, Fran Lightbound, Kelly Lloyd, Lora Lode, John Lusis, Jesse Malmed, Nicole Marroquin, Victoria Martinez, Gabriel Montero, Nuria Montiel, Josh Rios, Bailey Romaine, Luis Rodriguez Rosario, Edra Soto, Third Object (Ann Meisinger, Raven Falquez Munsell, Gan Uyeda), Selina Trepp, Rafael E. Vera, Lisa Vinebaum, Aaron Walker, and Latham Zearfoss.
Organized by Brandon Alvendia and Greg Ruffing.
Spring is here and the flowers will bloom as boldly as the coroplast signs announcing the hottest-of-the-hot real estate opportunities and open-houses galore. With them, the ambitions of the creative class often pave the way for the investment class to foist cranes into many a busy bike lane and impose more formulaic zombie urbanism into our storied cityscape – transforming large swaths of neighborhoods into veritable open-air shopping mall entertainment complexes, while other areas remain tragically under-resourced. Colorful histories are literally and figuratively painted over with zeal in the cold yet fashionable flat grey of 21st century corporate urban renewal.
It is in context of the ongoing resistance to a hubris-in-chief who made a name developing real estate (among other problematic ventures), an endangered national art fund, a pushback against "art-washing", and a world dividing further and further along spatial and cultural lines, that this exhibition gains a necessary urgency.
Standards Variance is a group show of speculative proposals around what is possible for urban space (empty lots, abandoned buildings, storefronts, green-space, etc.) in Chicago.
What would it look like? What would happen there? How would it function? What needs or wants might it help fulfill that perhaps aren’t currently being addressed?
Standards Variance considers what the future might hold for urban space in this new era of volatile market optimism, political turbulence, and widespread uncertainty. It seeks to open a discussion around speculation of land, resources, and real estate – typically centered on economic outcomes and future profit potential – toward a more expansive and inclusive set of concerns derived from a grassroots level. This project is not necessarily against development – but it is, in many ways, anti-developer.
The participants were invited to devise alternative forms of “speculation” that are rooted in a local right to self-determination: the latent desires, aspirations, and needs of communities. Such perspectives are often overlooked, ignored, or given lip-service in top-down, bureaucratic urban planning and “placemaking” – where real estate developers, planners, markets, and governments are not adequately accountable to residents. This unjust lack of voice becomes especially devastating in the many urban neighborhoods dealing with gentrification and displacement.
Standards Variance enlists the creative thinking of artists and non-artists alike to imagine alternative notions of urban space that are perhaps more egalitarian, useful, critical, inclusive, accessible, or progressive, while at the same potentially utopian, whimsical, anti-commercial, experimental, absurd, far-fetched, etc. The proposals needed not consider any limitations in budget, zoning, availability of space, feasibility, or the laws of physics. We recognize, embrace, and indeed hope that this would yield a wide variety of incongruent or conflicting proposals, whose differences would reflect something of the diversity of our communities as well as the different modes of commitment to them.
The centerpiece of Standards Variance is an installation of 30+ speculative proposals mounted around the gallery on custom-built displays. A rotating selection of the proposals will be visible in the storefront's large picture windows, subtly mimicking the property listing arrays often hung grid-like in realtor office windows. Supplementing these displays will be a modest library of source material available to peruse, as well as takeaway objects collected specifically for this exhibition. Opportunities will also be provided for visitors to craft their own responses and proposals into the mix. At the close of the exhibition, a digital publication, complete with essays by the organizers, will be released to document all the proposals and other content generated during the run of the show.
Exhibition continues until June 10th, 2017. Gallery open hours on Saturdays from 12-6pm.
The Chicago Zine Fest is a celebration of small press and independent publishers, with free workshops, events, and an annual festival. The next CZF will be held May 5-6, 2017.
Chicas Bonitas is an all-female exhibition bringing together the work of 75 artists. Exhibit includes regional, national, and local youth artists and will be on display at La Retama thru April 29. Proceeds benefiting youth art camp scholarships and Friends of Corpus Christi Public Libraries. Join us April 29 for our closing Pachanga! #ChicasBonitasCC is curated by local Chicana Artist, Mayra Viviana Zamora, "Mira.Mayra.Art"
Mark your calendars! Closing reception will take place April 29 (9:30a-3:30p) including music, art vendors, popup shops, food trucks, fashion show, & much more!
Join EXILE for the 2017 Miami Zine Fair in partnership with University of Miami’s Special Collections and O, Miami Poetry Festival at the Lowe Art Museum. The Miami Zine Fair will feature over 150 local artists, writers, publishers, and activists gathered together on the University of Miami campus, with an educational symposium hosted by the University of Miami’s own Special Collections. Celebrate our city's dynamic print culture, and explore zines from an expanse of independent self publishers and small presses. Get to know local zinesters as you browse the fair, and enjoy live printing, performances, multilingual workshops, and events throughout the day.
It is free to attend and participate. Interested in having a table? Please sign up here! https://goo.gl/dIQTB0
Like to help out? Volunteer sign up here: https://goo.gl/3lfXWn
The 2017 Miami Zine Fair is sponsored in part by the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture and the State of Florida
As part of the FATVillage March Artwalk, we're hosting an opening reception for Julia Arredondo's solo exhibit "Mystery Show". The exhibit is free and open to attendees of all ages.
Julia is a zinemaker and artist who currently lives in Chicago and runs the independent publihing entity, Vice Versa Press. By utilizing scraps from leftover prints and zines, Julia has created a new body of work that explores concepts of re-use through collage and screenprint.
See you there!
Have all of those Don't Text Him signs annoyed you over the past few months at The Depot? We hope so!
Come celebrate the end of Julia Arredondo's show at The Depot with a mass art blowout sale as we take the art off the walls and sell each piece one by one. First come - first served make an offer and it's yours.
PLUS Vice Versa Press will be on-site with a new line of DON'T TEXT HER merch alongside zine classics and printed goods. Come drink mocktails or martinis and dance the night away with us as we prepare for the new year.
See you there.
Oh snap, we just acquired some real estate. That's right folks, we're turning our closet at Spudnik Press Cooperative into a holiday storefront!
Hours of Operation (month of December ONLY):
Thursdays: 6-10 PM
Fridays: 1-5 PM
Saturday: 1-5 PM
Sundays: 1-5 PM
Climb the steps in ye olde warehouse to the 3rd floor (or ride the elevator) and shop our wares which include zines, art prints, clothing, accessories and MORE! Each week we'll welcome new artists to set up shop in the space, so stay tuned for more info on the guest list.
See you soon at the shop Grand Opening on December 3rd where we'll have bevvies and freebies. BYE!
Text (361)739-2383 for more info.
Lighten up your Black Friday with some alt-giving! Stop by LATITUDE for an evening of zine buying, trading, and making hosted by November’s Artist in Residence Nathan Pearce.
Several zine makers will be present to show off their wares. The evening will also include a live demonstration of zine production. YOU are invited to bring zines that you have created to trade, sell, or share! There will be lots of zines for both share and sale, so be sure to come by and participate in the community spirit.
Zine makers present at the event will include:
Nathan Pearce (Same Coin Press)
Matthew David Crowther (Halfmoon Projects)
Joe and Danielle Wilcox (LDOC)
Vice Versa Press
Justin Xavier Soto
Do you feel haunted by the specter of the "starving artist"?
Do you feel cheated out of stability, self-confidence, control by a sense of discord between "art and capitalism"? Do you have trouble talking about money?
Art + Value is a series of conversations that will address different aspects of how artists and artistic labor are valued in Chicago today. We hope to create space for Chicago artists to speak openly about how we are compensated and recognized, and how to feel more able to advocate for our work. Our four topic-focused events will begin with a roundtable followed by open conversation.
Conversation #1: The Ecology of Artist-run spaces
Sunday, November 13
Comfort Station, 2579 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
In this informal ‘audit’ of Comfort Station, participants will be asked to consider what value the space brings and what it owes to different communities, what audiences are most important, and what role it plays in gentrification. While considering Comfort Station as a test case, this conversation is an invitation to address broader trends and questions facing artists working in and with communities across the city.
Conversation #2: Laws, Contracts, Definitions
Monday, November 14
Corner, 2912 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago IL 60618
Consider how we can be empowered by legal definitions, explicit expectations, and clear terms of service. Explore what relationships to institutions would look like if everything were more clearly out in the open. Discuss the philosophical and emotional weight of a contract.
Conversation #3: Art vs. Capitalism
Thursday, November 17
In House, 3520 W Armitage, Chicago, IL 60647
While young artists manage to simultaneously over-professionalize and under-prepare for the real world, people in other creative fields such as entrepreneurship or technology, easily talk about the relationship between creativity and capital. While we learn to challenge established notions of success and strive for alternatives to the market, we also internalize shame and fear of money.
Conversation #4: Affective Labor
Saturday, November 19
Hume, 3242 W Armitage Ave, Chicago IL, 60647
Artists are often charged with doing the emotional work of society and are often uncompensated for this labor. This conversation will range from addressing how social justice work, psychological support, teaching, and diversity training figure into the job descriptions of artists, to self-care, to rationales for non-monetary compensation. Come ready to discuss identity, diversity, social justice, feminism and more.
More info at cornerchicago.com/artvalueconversations
Art + Value is partially funded by Illinois Humanities
Let’s hear it for the home team! At Spudnik Press, this fall Homecoming highlights recent work by our very own varsity team: 2016 Members!
Whether they rally for relief, shout for screen printing, get loud for letterpress, idolize intaglio, or revel in riso, Spudnik Press is a second home for printmakers from all corners of Chicago. Year ‘round, hundreds of artists come to Spudnik Press for space to grow their practice and produce fine art prints. Work produced here goes back into the community, to activate and inspire.
Each fall, Spudnik Press welcomes back a selection of artwork made right here for our Member Exhibition. Representing the diverse themes and media active in our studio, Homecoming highlights the exceptional work being created by our Members day-in and day-out. It opens space for dialogue between images, and between people: our members, alumni, and guests. Just steps away from the presses where they were made, these prints showcase the processes and prodigies of Spudnik Press.
Come celebrate our supportive, vibrant community at events including an Open House, a Print Sale, and a Closing Party. Plus, for the nostalgic, a self-serve photo booth (complete with printerly props) invites Homecoming guests to make memories that will last a lifetime!
Vice Versa Press | Julia Arredondo
Dana M Johnson
Current Location Press | Raychel Steinbach Lauen
The Dia de los Muertos celebration has gone on for centuries in Mexico. By presenting the Dia de los Muertos festival in Corpus Christi we provide educational programming about our cultural diversity and an opportunity for each of us to learn about this rich cultural tradition of Mexico. We hope to create a connection to our past, as well as honoring loved ones who have passed away. We invite all all to come be a part of this amazing cultural festival!
El Dia de los Muertos Street Festival is now in our ninth year. We have expanded from a single block party to include ten blocks in downtown Corpus Christi on Starr, Peoples, Chaparral, Taylor and Mesquite streets.
We have 3 stages with live entertainment: one for popular latin-influenced music, one for more traditional cultural performances, one for up-and-coming Texas bands. Our Kids’ Corner includes craft activities, games, and a rock-climbing wall supplied by Kidz Ultimate Party Zone. Student Art Associations from TAMUCC and Del Mar College provide demonstrations for the event. Plus, we have the enormous Hecho-a-Mano Art Expo featuring many Dia de los Muertos themed craft items, jewelry, and artworks by over 90 vendors.
The Hermosa Walls is an outdoor temporary mural artist space located in the Hermosa Park area.
The St. Louis Small Press Expo (SPEx) show and sale becomes a two-day event in 2016, taking place October 14 and 15 at two notable St. Louis institutions. Growing this year’s festival is SPEx’s increased variety and accessibility of programing, partnering with Pulitzer Arts Foundation to host a kickoff event on Friday, October 14 at the Pulitzer, 3716 Washington Boulevard, 63108. Organizers will co-curate hands-on workshops, panel discussions and readings featuring a mix of national and regional guests. The main SPEx event will take place from 10 a.m. to 5p.m. on Saturday, October 15 in the Great Hall of the St. Louis Public Library’s Central Branch, 1301 Olive Street, 63103. All events will be free and open to the public.
Kansas City Zine Con #2 will take place on Saturday, September 10, 2016 from 10am to 6pm, in Pierson Hall at The University of Missouri, Kansas City (UMKC).
A MINDBOGGLING AMOUNT OF ARTISTS from around the Midwest and beyond will be exhibiting, selling, and trading their independently published zines, comix, books, newspapers, anthologies, tracts, pamphlets, and DIY radical readables of many forms.
OTHER INCREDIBLE THINGS!
FREE to All - Family Friendly - Safer Space
As part of the exhibit curated by Lorelei Stewart, Precarity: Contingency in Artmaking and Academia, Artists Vanessa Viruet and Julia Arredondo of Vice Versa Press construct a storefront within the exhibition selling handmade goods, such as candles, self-printed books, and imitation lotto tickets. Centered around the idea of paying off their student loan debt through capitalistic creative approaches, the performance allows the artists to engage in conversations about the humorous ways people have struggled and survived living with student debt.
The pop-up shop with be open for business ONE DAY ONLY on July 14th from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
For more info visit this link: http://gallery400.uic.edu/events/botanica-dinero-pop-up-shop