Past Events at Chicago Printmakers Collaborative Gallery
March 11, 2022 through May 14, 2022
Opening Reception: Friday, March 11, 5 - 8pm
David Driesbach, Beauvais Lyons, Julie Murphy, Eric Wilson, Tony Fitzpatrick, Ruben Castillo, Catherine Winings, Jaco Putker, Jill Kramer, Eric Von Haynes, Wes Beeler, CHema Skandal, Maddie May, Annie Kielman, Jensen Delius, Annie Shea, Thuong Tran, Jeanine Coupe Ryding, Scott Westgard, Matt Bodett, Christine Gendre-Bergere, Michelle McCoy, Megan Sterling, Sonnenzimmer
About the ShowThe Chicago Printmakers Collaborative is excited to present a show which highlights the unique interests and passions of our staff members! Inspired by "staff picks" shelves in bookstores, this is an exhibition of prints and printmakers that our teachers and staff think are worthy of special recommendation for your viewing pleasure. Combining the distinct curatorial visions of six different printmakers resulted in a diverse collection of work, spanning a wide range of styles and mediums. While some staff curators dove deep into CPC's collection to find golden oldies that rarely get to see the light of day, others opted to include new work by contemporary Chicago artists. Old and new, earnest and whimsical, this show has a little something for everyone!
Jack Spector-Bishop's Picks: "Printmaking is a centuries-long conversation through images, constantly turning back upon itself for inspiration and always ending up the brunt of the joke. These pieces exemplify the humor, grotesquerie, and commitment to the poor image that has brought me back to the medium again and again."
Maddie May's Picks: "The works I chose are especially interesting to me as they all place the viewer as a spectator within a variety of domestic scenes and predicaments. Each artist handles illustrations of interiors, exteriors, household objects, and scenes of everyday life in differing ways. I was also drawn to the types of light depicted and how the marks from varying printmaking processes portrayed them. From light pouring in through a window, to a bedside lamp casting heavy shadows up the wall, each print feels like a window into another emotional realm."
Eric Wilson's Picks: "We all have our worlds that we live in, inside of our heads, outside of reality. These artists show us what the world looks like to them, not with beauty and perfection but honesty and humor."
Carl Voss' Picks: "Each of these pieces speaks to me in a different way. Sonnenzimmer’s piece shows an unrivaled ability to completely transform a surface, with exquisite control of texture, color, and clarity of design. Sterling’s etching shows the breakdown of borders and the flattening of the visual space that mirrors the paper itself. Finally, Bodett weaves visual poetry for what can hold, what is empty, what is resaid, and what cannot be said at all."
JJ McLuckie's Picks: "When I see the pieces chosen together they reminisce on the cruelty man exerts trying to solve it’s problems and the comfort nature provides in response solely through existing. Texture is one of the most comforting aspects to me, so the artists’ intense attention to the way textures interact within these all provide me with a melancholy joy being able to visually feel each piece."
Megan Sterling's Picks: "This collection of pieces by young women or non-binary Chicago artists showcases a dynamic range of conceptually engaging and technically sound printmaking work. Each print presents a transient relationship to the figure— fleeting traces of holding space, losing space; holding self, losing self; holding memory, losing memory. They are all a potential means to contemplate the body and its relationship to space, time, others, and ourselves."
32nd Annual International Small Print Show & Holiday Sale
December 4-5, 2021 through January 31, 2022
Special Preview Showing: Friday, December 3rd, 12 - 5pm
Grand Opening Party: Saturday & Sunday, December 4th & 5th, 11am - 7pm
Extended Gallery Hours: Tuesdays - Sundays, December 7 - 19, 12 - 5pm
Regular Gallery Hours: Friday & Saturday, 12-5 or by appointment
Over 85 artists! What?!!!! Yes, you read that right. After a long, pandemic-incited small print show drought, bite sized prints from across the known universe have winged their way to Chicago, clothing the CPC walls in a visual celebration not seen since 2020. Featuring the finest new work being done internationally and locally by CPC gallery artists and newly invited printmakers. You know the drill people. You show up in your well fitting mask, do a bit of sanitizing, and start collecting gorgeous, affordable prints from the walls while we attempt to keep up with the mass buying frenzy. Prepare to be inspired. Bring your parents, children, friends, teachers, and favorite sea creatures. It's basically the hottest spot on Western Avenue just north of the Lincoln/Western split in Lincoln Square. Looking forward to seeing you at our oasis of originality...! For those of you who prefer a quieter experience, skip the opening and visit us during our special extended gallery hours, or make a private appointment. For those who would rather shop in your pj's while petting the dog, visit our online store, which we are now updating weekly with brand new work!
About the ShowTop row, L-R: Jeanine Coupe-Ryding, Jaco Putker, Sarah Smelser, Starshaped Press. Middle row: Karen Kunc, Carrie Lingscheit, Deborah Maris Lader, Cleo Wilkinson. Botton Row: Kouki Tsuritani, Octavia Thorns, Kumi Obata, Michael Goro, Tony Fitzpatrick.
Featured Artists:Grazvyda Andrijauskaite (Lithuania), Joanna Anos, Hiroshi Ariyama, Colleen Aufderheide, John Bergmeier, Coco Berkman, George Bodmer, Eric Bremer, BRIGHTSIDE (Thailand), Margaret Buchen, Karen Butler, Corinna Button (UK), Ruben Castillo, Sanchai Chaiyanan (Thailand), Jill Chittenden, Temjai Cholsiri (Thailand), Jeanine Coupe-Ryding, Cathie Crawford, Alberto Cruz (Mexico), Melanie Dorson, L J Douglas, Tony Fitzpatrick, Christine Gendre-Bergere (France), Bryn Gleason, Sanya Glisic, Dan Grzeca, Susan Hall, Eric Hoffman, Mirka Hokkanen, Carrie Iverson, Teresa James, Eric Johnson, Kathleen Judge, Srijai Kantawang (Thailand), Raeleen Kao, Amos Paul Kennedy Jr., Scott Kiefer, Mel Kolstad, Damon Kowarsky (Australia), Shin Koyama (Japan), Jill Kramer, Tyler Krasowski, Karen Kunc, Ammarin Kuntawong (Thailand), Deborah Maris Lader, Kim Laurel, Andrea Lauren, Carrie Lingscheit, Amornthep Mahamaet (Thailand), Dave Martin, Michelle McCoy, JJ McLuckie, Bert Menco, Andrew Mullally, Maria Mungai, Ali Norman, Kumi Obata (Japan), Duffy O’Connor, Dennis O’Malley, Mary O'Shaughnessy, Painted Tongue Press, Sage Perrott, Puridon Pimsan (Thailand), Steve Prince, Nicole Purdie (UK), Jaco Putker (Netherlands), Artemio Rodriguez (Mexico), Ian Ruppenthal, Jay Ryan, Justin Santora, Jeff Sippel, Yuttana Sittikan (Thailand), Junli Song, Meghann Sottile, Jack Spector-Bishop, Sarah Smelser, Starshaped Press, Raychel Steinbach, Megan Sterling, Jerawit Surtsit (Thailand), Tia Swenson, Narit Tananon (Thailand), Sanon Tempiem (Thailand), Octavia Thorns, Kitikong Tilokwattanotai (Thailand), Stephanie Toral, Kouki Tsuritani (Japan), Nicola Villa (Italy), Suttipong Vongson (Thailand), Carl Voss, Art Werger, Scott Westgard, Stephen Wiggins, Cleo Wilkinson (Australia), Eric Wilson, Catherine Winings, Nele Zirnite (Latvia) and others.
Tongue In Cheek: Irreverence in Print
September 18 - November 6, 2021
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 18, 5pm-8pm
Featured Artists: Eric Wilson, Beauvais Lyons, Kyle Peets, Daniel Luedtke, Lya Finston, Emily Harter, Chris Williford, Oli Watt, Morgan Price, Jolynn Reigeluth , Rosabel Rosalind, Breanne Trammell, Tyler Krasowski, Brandon Oswalt, Emilien Maricot, Jack Spector-Bishop, Carl Voss, Ian Ruppenthal
About the ShowThe Chicago Printmakers Collaborative is pleased to present an exhibition dedicated to work which revels in irreverence, featuring printed matter which indulges in crass humor, vulgarity, and all things lowbrow. Due to its penchant for mass production, affordability, and wide dissemination, printmaking presents artists an opportunity to engage the masses in a unique way. Historically, this has given printmakers tremendous freedom to depict subject matters outside the stuffy confines of “high art”, employing humor, lewdness, profanity, and shock-value to entice viewers and illustrate issues unpalatable to polite society. This exhibition explores the ways contemporary printmakers continue this tradition-- rejecting the “serious” in favor of the bawdy, the flippant, the obscene, and the absurd. Through resolutely refusing to respect that which is generally taken seriously, irreverence holds an untapped potential for critique, reclamation of power, and celebration of self and community. Curated by Jack Spector-Bishop, Ian Ruppenthal, and Carl Voss
Eric Wilson Beauvais Lyons
Kyle Peets Lya Finston
Chris Williford Jolynn Reigeluth
Brandon Oswalt Emilien Maricot
July 10 - August 31, 2021Opening Reception: Sat, July 10, 12-5pmOnce upon a time, the CPC embarked on an exchange portfolio with 30 international artists affiliated with the studio, to celebrate its 30th year. As artists began their editions, a worldwide pandemic shut down their community and university presses, leaving printmakers a bit stranded and distressed. But they persevered, and created poignant work that reflects this challenging moment in our shared history with a wide range of raw honest images. More than a year late for its originally scheduled launch, we finally reveal the full collection… an artistic time capsule of what printmakers created during the time of Covid.All prints in the boxed set are 15 x 11 inchesThere are only 4 boxed sets available for sale that includes all 30 prints: $6500 eachProofs of these prints are available for sale separately by some of the artists. Please inquire if you have an interest in a particular print.
About the ShowFeatured Artists: Hiroshi Ariyama, Victoria Marie Barquin, Matt Bodett, Deirdre Britt, Charlie Cohan, Aaron Coleman, Chris Flynn, Christine Gendre-Bergère, Bryn Gleason, Misha Goro, Holly Greenberg, Susan Hall, Megan Hinds, Carrie Iverson, Catherine Jacobi, Teresa James, Raeleen Kao, Deborah Maris Lader, Kim Laurel, Carrie Lingscheit, Michelle McCoy, Maria Mungai, Kumi Obata, Duffy O’Connor, Jeff Sippel, Sarah Smelser, Megan Sterling, Melody Vaughan, Eric Wilson, Catherine Winings.
Hiroshi Ariyama Victoria Marie Barquin
Aaron Coleman Michael Goro
Susan Hall Deborah Maris Lader
Carrie Lingscheit Bryn Gleason
Kim Laurel Jeff Sippel
Megan Sterling Michelle McCoy
Megan Hinds Sarah Smelser
Charles Cohan Maria Mungai
Melody Vaughan Matt Bodett
Duffy O'Connor Raeleen Kao
Teresa James Holly Greenberg
Catherine Jacobi Catherine Winings
Deirdre Britt Chris Flynn
Eric Wilson Carrie Iverson
Christine Gendre-Bergère Kumi Obata
May 8 - June 26, 2021
Curated by Matt Bodett
The prefix “dis-“ in the English language has meant “apart” since its early Latin roots. The artists in this exhibition challenge that prefix, instead showing us how “dis-“ can be a force of identity, empowerment, and community. In unique ways each artist has been an advocate for Disability rights in Chicago and the World. Whether it is through film, dance, visual art, poetry, or a myriad of other artistic media, these artists utilize their disability to commemorate the strengths which bind creative artistic output, personal experience, and radical aesthetics in an effort to disrupt exclusionary concepts.
Timotheus “TJ” Gordon Jr.
MOMENTA Dance Company
The CPC Gallery is now open to the public for in person visits Fridays & Saturdays 12-5 or by appointment!
Image ID: bolded text in red with the word DIS- plus text info with the dates of show (runs through June 26, with other info detailed above) overlaid onto a screenprint by Bri Beck based on Leonardo Da Vinci’s Vitruvian man, which depicts a man in two superimposed positions with his arms and legs apart and inscribed in a circle and square. The man is repeated using two colors: a faded lavender and a faded red. The arms and legs of the man are repeated in different positions but the man’s head and torso only appear twice, one vertical and one sideways.
About the ShowHere's a peak at some of the work being featured in the exhibition:
MOMENTA Dance CompanyMIDNIGHT RIDE
Performed by Kris Lenzo
Music by Twenty One Pilots
Videography & Editing by Joe Kreml
Filmed in River Forest, Illinois
Riva LehrerZoom Portraits: Sharrona Pearl, mixed media and collage on illustration board, 22 x 60 inches, $10,000 ©2020
Courtesy of the Artist and Zolla/Lieberman GalleryImage description: The drawing by Riva Lehrer is a very long, horizontal piece with a background drawing and three rectangular pieces applied, evenly spaced, on top. The background is a light grey color overall with interspersed drawings of medical personnel and silhouettes of people and cats. The drawings of medical personnel contain various poses of interactions of nurses and doctors in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some are helping patients with respirators, others are adjusting beds, looking at medical charts, or conversing with patients. All of these are pencil drawings with limited color added, blue gowns, yellow blankets or screens, and white masks or gowns. Interspersed with these medical drawings are silhouettes of various people and cats. There are children playing, parents walking with their children, a family sitting at a table, someone mopping a floor, and a few cats either sitting or walking. The three main drawings are on a white, semi-transparent paper, which means a little of the background images can be seen through the main drawings. The two drawings on the left appear to be the same woman, Sharonna, in two different environments. The third drawing is of Riva in her home. Each of the portraits were done while the two women conversed over Zoom during the pandemic, so the drawings all have the same format, which includes a bar across the top with the Apple logo, and various computer icons and file links. The portraits are each framed in on the left and right by text which runs up the sides, and the bottom is framed by a large block of text. The first portrait of Sharonna is a black and white pencil drawing, showing her centered in the frame and looking directly into the camera with a slight smile. She has long wavy hair which extends beyond her shoulders. She is wearing a button up shirt which is just visible in the image. The shirt is white with a small image patterned on it. Occasionally in the pattern there are red lines drawn into it. To the left, and behind Sharonna, is a room with a dresser and mirror. There is a child over her shoulder, but drawn through a little to appear ghostlike. On the right side of the image is a bed and a closet door which is open to reveal some clothes. The second portrait of Sharonna is a mixture of black and white pencil and colored pencil. In this image she is sitting toward the left of the frame and looking toward us in three quarter view. He hair is down, extending beyond the bottom edge of the picture plane, wearing a dark shirt slightly visible behind her hair, and a subtle smile on her face. Behind her is a curtain with a rope tying it up to the wall. On her right is a window which takes up just more than one half of this drawing. The window frame is drawn in black and white, but everything within the frame is in color. In the frame we can see a sunset outside, setting behind the silhouette of buildings and an electric pole with its conductors and elements. We also see the reflection of Sharonna, as well as a reflection of her computer screen. The last drawing is a portrait of Riva and is drawn almost entirely in color. Riva is centered in this drawing and is looking directly at the viewer with her left hand up and balled up on her chin, thumb slightly extended. She has short hair, extending down just below her ears, and it is a mixture of whites and reds. Her eyes are reddish in this drawing, and the rest of her face and hand are a light skin tone. She is wearing a loose neck grey shirt. Behind her, and on the left of the image, is a shelving unit with stacks of objects which are not necessarily discernible. The objects and shelving unit are not colored in, but the area around them is blue. To the right of Riva is a small red lampshade, though the lamp itself disappears behind her. There is also a large artwork on the wall with a yellow/gold frame. The artwork is a groups of birds, mostly black/grey. The birds are congregated near the center of the artwork and flying out from there. At the bottom right edge there is the edge of either a blanket or pillow which is drawn in orange, but not colored in.
Reveca TorresPain Series I, photography, NFS Image description: This photograph by Reveca Torres is of an androgynous body laying on its back viewed from above and entirely encased in a light gold colored stretchy fabric. The top of the figure is cut off by the frame of the photo around where the nose might be, and at the bottom of the legs around the ankles. Bright red x’s are digitally drawn on areas of the body with two on left shoulder, right rib cage and knee, one on left ribcage, three across left abdomen and left upper leg muscle. Bright red circles are digitally drawn over left neck, forearm and wrist. Background is mostly black with slight hints of a blue lit fabric upon which the body is laid out.
Twelve 8 x 10 screenprints/ink on paper, $250 (for all 12), ©2019
Image description: This artwork by Bri Beck is organized in a grid with twelve, eight by ten inch sheets of paper, each one hanging horizontally and in three rows of four images. Each print contains the image of Leonardo Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man, which is a detailed drawing of a nude male figure standing with his arms directly out at each side forming a ninety degree angle, and his legs together. Imposed on the drawing is a second figure, sharing the same body and head, but with his legs spread and his arms slightly raised above his head. The figure is enclosed in two shapes, a circle and a square, the boundaries of which meet the tips of his fingers and the soles of his feet.Watch this great video of Bri talking about the process of making these prints!
Timotheus "T.J." Gordon Jr.Masked Identity (Gold mask), Painted Found Object, 9.75 x 10 x 4 ©2021 Price: $100
Justin CooperLake Shore Boats, photography, $250 (wrapped on canvas)
Image description: This photograph by Justin is dominated by two fields of blue, the sky which has no clouds, just a soft gradation as it reaches from the top of the image to the horizon, and the lake which is a much deeper blue and has the indication of gentle waves. On the lake are four sail boats, each with a white triangular sail which breaks across the horizon line and into the sky.
Katie O'NeilThe Etymology of My Symptoms, 14 x 17 inches on Bristol paper/ ink, paper, graphite, acrylic, $650 ©2021
Image description: This collage by Katie O'Neil is on a large rectangular sheet of white paper. It contains a lot of chaotic elements which overlap, integrate, and repeat. While most of the collage is black and white, there are a series of small squares which are yellow/orange in color. At the top left is a hand written note which says “know me.” Below this is a series of yellow squares. In each square is a different shape or line, sometimes it is very scribble like, and other times it is concentric circles. Under each square is a descriptive word like “Audio/Visual Hallucination”, “Panic”, “Paranoia”, or “fidgeting”. In the rest of the collage there are various repeated elements taken from the squares. Long flowing series of circles, condensed and dense toward the top, and fluidly moving and expanding as they move slightly down the page. There are three large paint smears, one in the lower left, one in the center right, and one at the top right of the page. There are bits of text scattered throughout the image, but all of it relates to Madness and the symptoms associated with her experiences, much like they were listed above.
Sandi YiOne of Us, Stamp, ink, and blank cards, NFS Image Description: This artwork by Sandi Yi consists of a few separate elements: a stamp, an inkpad, and blank notecards. The hand-held stamp has a short black handle attached to a rectangular wood base. The stamp image is a hand with two fingers and on the palm are the words “one of us”. The stamp pad is a rectangular plastic container holding a red felt pad. The blank note cards are small white rectangles intended to be stamped on and either taken or shared with the gallery.
“One of us comes from a scene in the 1932 motion picture, Freaks, in which disabled circus performers chant the line 'Gooble, gobble, we accept her, we accept her, one of us, one of us!' One of us’ has become an ‘insider’ line shared by people in disability culture community." - Sandi Yi
Matt Bodett, curatorEroica, 36 x 25 inches, 6 layer reduction linocut, 6 layers monotype, and trace monotype, Edition of 8
MOMENTA Dance CompanySTREET STAGED
Choreographed by Sarah Najera in collaboration with Dancers
Music by Amiina
Videography by Joe Kreml
Filmed at Linden Avenue viaduct in Oak Park, Illinois
MOMENTA Dance CompanyIN UNISON
Choreographed by Mei-Kuang Chen
Music by Antonin Dvorak
Videography & Editing by Joe Kreml
Filmed at Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple in Oak Park, Illinois
Reveca TorresFrom the pain series, painting, NFS Image description: The painting is small in size and has a figure on a light blue background painted in white with a blue outline, and red/orange elements within. The figure is shown seated from the back, with nondescript arms at its side and with only part of the back of the head showing with what might be hair colored black with dark purple and blue overtones.
TIMOTHEUS "T.J." GORDON JR.Pride of the Black Autist (Black mask), 6 x 16.5, Painted Found Object ©2021 SOLDCheevers 2K (White mask), Painted Found Object, 9.25 x 9.75, ©2021 SOLD