Current + Upcoming . . .

Jerome Emerging Printmakers Exhibition, 2018

Group Exhibition
Opening reception: May 18, 6:30 - 9pm.
Artist talk during opening reception at 7pm.

May 18 - June 30, 2018
High Point Center for Printmaking
912 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Bianca Janine Pettis’ prints are playful, colorful, and indeterminate. She approaches her printmaking practice as a performer - opening herself up to the moment, allowing the work to unfold before her. Through the processes of monoprinting and screenprinting, she brings to life idiosyncratic characters inhabiting a world of courageous anxiety. Pettis holds a BA in Theatre from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio and an MFA in Art from the University of Minnesota.

Jonathan Herrera’s prints compress historical and ongoing legacies of bodily trauma and violence inflicted on migrants. He uses clothing and portrait frames to imply narratives left behind by others, while reanimating and suspending these objects in violence in a state of perpetuity through various print-based processes including collagraphs and xerox transfers. Herrera also works in a monochromatic color pallet to discuss the dehumanized method of analyzing bodies as data while revealing intricate details overlooked in objects used as evidence. Herrera holds a BFA in Printmaking from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

Mike Marks’ prints reflect processes of change and loss within a landscape. Mike draws inspiration from the natural and constructed environments that he has observed, creating images that contemplate human influence on the geological record, and whether natural and artificial changes in the environment are becoming indistinguishable from one another. His prints emphasize physical manipulation of surfaces using collagraph plates, stencils, embossment, relief, and intaglio. Marks holds a BFA in Drawing from the Cleveland Institute of Art, and an MFA in Printmaking from the University of Delaware.

Querida Presencia, 2018

Solo exhibition
Opening reception: May 10, 6 - 9pm.

May 10 - July 1, 2018
Duluth Art Institute, Duluth
506 W Michigan Street, MN 55802

The work in Querida Presencia explores various relationships between collective memory and historical instances of state-sponsored violence and trauma inflicted on politicized bodies. Bodies become politicized by either attempting to dislodge themselves from their dispossessed condition or by their cultural identities opposing a dominant status quo. Within a Latin American historical framework, Herrera constructs print-based objects, installations, and environments that echo lived experiences of those who are no longer with us. Print-based processes translate the content through symbolically revealing the act of remembering in producing tracings and impressions. Slicing open wounds into wood, burning the surface of lithostone with acid, and the crushing of ink on paper under immense pressure, re-animates acts of violence that carries through an art-object’s final presentation.

Entre Rios y Montañas, 2018

Solo exhibition
Opening reception: April 27, 6 - 9pm.
Artist talk during opening reception at 6pm.

April 27 - May 27, 2018.
Annex Gallery, Chicago, IL
1821 W Hubbard, Suite 302

Spudnik Press Cooperative is pleased to present Entre Rios y Montañas (Between Rivers and Mountains), a solo exhibition featuring new work by Chicago-based artist Jonathan Herrera.

The work featured in Entre Rios y Montañas stems from Herrera’s deep interest and continued investigation of the relationships between collective memory and historical instances of state-sponsored violence and trauma inflicted on politicized bodies. Often the victims of these crimes, or rather their bodies that disappear, leave behind stories not in words but in gesture. Trails of clothing are found in the deserts between borders as they get stuck on fences with barbed wire or wash up onto shores of beaches. These garments are sometimes attached to lifeless bodies while others manage to claim autonomy from the flesh.

Through these collographs, akin to rubbings, Herrera explores the connection between clothing and the body, as well as the relationship between forensic evidence and items of personal significance. By employing this print-based process, Herrera partakes in an act of remembrance as he produces tracings and impression of clothing left behind. His harsh, and almost violent, treatment of the objects carries forth into the artwork’s final presentation. Ultimately, the objects of clothing rendered in Herrera’s work are declarations unto themselves, left behind by bodies to evoke lived experiences.

Epicenter Emerging Artist Fellow, 2018

The Frontier Fellowship provides creative professionals the opportunity to live and work with Epicenter in Green River, Utah (pop. 952), for two to eight weeks. From this rural place and in the context of the frontier, Fellows generate new work that is informed by the residents of Green River and the surrounding desert landscape. Epicenter, a design studio instigating positive change through community-based projects and programs, facilitates Fellowships throughout the year. Epicenter encourages applications regardless of applicant’s background, focus, or specialty. The Fellowship is open to artists, chefs, designers, explorers, folklorists, geologists, musicians, and more. Epicenter has hosted over 50 artists and collaboratives through the Frontier Fellowship
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