Spudnik Press Cooperative is a community printmaking studio in Chicago, IL dedicated to printmaking and the cultural traditions surrounding print. The organization provides hundreds of artists each year access to robust printmaking facilities that include shared work space, private studios and mixed-use spaces for exhibitions, classes and community events.
The Invitational Editions Program invites artists to integrate printmaking into their studio practice. With a focus on supporting artists of all backgrounds and identities including but not limited to artists of color, LGBTQ artists, and women artists, Spudnik Press Cooperative invites select artists to produce a small series of prints that utilizes intaglio, relief, monoprinting, screenprinting, letterpress, and bookbinding processes.
Featured artists include Faheem Majeed, Edie Fake, Brendan Fernandez, Judy Ledgerwood, Brittney Leanne Williams, Raeleen Kao, Orkideh Torabi, and Selina Trepp.
Sales from the Invitational Editions Program helps support a multitude of programs, from drop in Open Studio sessions to Fellowships and Residencies. Programs combine studio access, professional assistance, education, collaboration, and presentation of artwork while fostering a rich community of artists and art-consumers engaged in the vibrant landscape of fine art printmaking.
“Stud” is a series of screenprints by Brendan Fernandes composed of leather belt stud patterns pulled from catalogues within the Leather Archives and Museum. From a time when the practices of queer and kink communities were censored and criminalized, these ephemeral catalogues were xeroxed and circulated covertly within communities. Like much of Fernandes' work, this series remixes materials that are highly codified and abstracted for their own protection. These monolithic prints have a slick, glossy finish except for a deep matte black center that has a magnetic pull.
Brendan Fernandes is an internationally recognized Canadian artist working at the intersection of dance and visual arts. Brendan’s projects address issues of race, queer culture, migration, protest, and collective movement.
He graduated from the Whitney Independent Study Program and was a Robert Rauschenberg Fellow. His work has shown at the Whitney Biennial, MoMA, Getty Museum, National Gallery of Canada, and MCA Chicago.