Jun 12th 2017

Printers have a long history of collaborating with artists. Why are printers so excited to get artists working in other mediums, often very disparate from flat ink on paper, to publish prints? What do artists get from the experience? Meet artists Kelly Kaczynski and Jeroen Nelemans in conversation with artist and printer, Stan Shellabarger. Shellabarger has been working side-by-side with artists at Spudnik Press to produce new bodies of print-based art work. The discussion will be moderated by curator and arts writer Kristin Korolowicz.


Kristin Korolowicz is an independent curator and writer. She has worked previously at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Bass Museum of Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. As the Marjorie Susman Curatorial Fellow at the MCA Chicago, she curated solo exhibitions of commissioned works by Gaylen Gerber and José Lerma. Her current independent curatorial research interests include investigating multivalent forms of collaboration. She recently curated an exhibition of Deb Sokolow’s work at The Stolbun Collection; developed in response to Joseph Grigely’s stewardship of the Hans-Ulrich Obrist archive at SAIC. Korolowicz earned her MA in Curatorial Practice from California College of the Arts.

Kelly Kaczynski is an artist working within the language of sculpture.

Selected exhibitions include Peregrine Program, IL; Ortega y Gasset Projects, NY; Soap Factory, MN; Comfort Station, IL; Gahlberg Gallery, IL; Threewalls, IL; Hyde Park Art Center, IL; Rowland Contemporary, IL; University at Buffalo Art Gallery, NY; Triple Candie, NY; Islip Art Museum, NY; Josee Bienvenu Gallery, NY; DeCordova Museum, MA; Boston Center for the Arts, MA.

Public installations include projects with the Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA; the Interfaith Center, NY; Institute for Contemporary Art, Boston and the Boston National Historic Parks, MA; Boston Public Library, MA.

Curatorial projects include the 2014 exhibitions, Roving Room at Habersham Mills, GA and Virtually Physically Speaking at Columbia College, Chicago, IL and the 2011 exhibition Mouthing (a sentient limb) at the Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL.

Kaczynski received an MFA from Bard College, NY and BA from The Evergreen State College, WA. She has taught with Northwestern University, University of Chicago, University of Illinois, Chicago, University of Pennsylvania and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Kaczynski is currently a Lecturer with the School of the Art Institute, Chicago, IL.

Jeroen Nelemans, born in the Netherlands, currently resides in Chicago. Nelemans is interested in the construct of a digital image. In order to access a new set of contemporary notions related to sight and seeing, he dissects the image as a physical entity.

His work has been exhibited at the MISSION gallery in Chicago; Aspect/Ratio gallery, Chicago; the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia; the de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Space, Miami; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Greece; Elmhurst Art Museum in Illinois; the Nice&Fit gallery, Berlin and the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids.

His works has also been screened at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami; the Banff Center, Canada; Gallery 400, Chicago, as well as the Werkleitz Centre for Media Art, Halle, Germany; the Magmart International Video Art Festival, Napoli; the Dublin Electronic Arts Festival, Ireland and the Kortfilm festival, Copenhagen as well as the 25th Festival Les Instant Video in Marseille France.

Stan Shellabarger’s performances, works on paper, prints and artist books employ alternative drawing methods, addressing the body and the Earth to create minimal abstract objects. He takes everyday activities — walking and writing, sometimes breathing —to extreme measures in endurance-based performance work. The repetition of the activity leads to massive accumulations of marks, recording discrete units of time and space that amplify traces humans leave on the Earth; repetition is necessary so that these extremely subtle marks emerge as visible artistic interventions.

Stan Shellabarger has work in the permanent collections of The Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, The Baltimore Museum of Art, The Minneapolis Institute of Art, The National Gallery of Canada and the Newark Public Library. His work has been written about in Art in America, Artforum.com, The Chicago Tribune, Art in Print, Chicago Magazine and ArtSlant. His work has been shown at Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MAMAC) in Nice, France; MCA Chicago; Contemporary Art Museum Raleigh, North Carolina; Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Wisconsin; Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago; and he’s been invited to perform at the VOLTA show in Basel, Switzerland; the Time-Based Art Festival in Portland, Oregon; Macy’s downtown department store window during the Looptopia festival in Chicago; Millennium Park in Chicago; Illinois State University in Bloomington, Illinois; The Suburban in Oak Park; and the Center of Contemporary Art in St. Louis. Shellabarger received his MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is represented by Western Exhibitions in Chicago and he lives and works in Chicago.

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