Seventeen artists carve mega blocks--see them in person this weekend at Pilsen Open Studios!
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Opening Reception:

Saturday, October 24th, 6-10pm
Featuring Live Printing & Libations

Hoofprint Workshop
2433 S Oakley Ave, Chicago, IL

Viewing hours during Pilsen Open Studios:
Saturday, October 24th, Noon-10pm
Sunday, October 25th, Noon-8pm


     The Woodcut Challenge is a large-scale printmaking project. Artists are asked to use a special set of knives, called gouges, to "draw" into a 40x60'' piece of birch plywood. The block is then rolled with ink and transferred to a sheet of paper, or in this case, canvas, using a piece of heavy machinery (the press!).

     This technique, called Relief, was invented in China, used by Sumerian merchants, and popularized in the West by European printmakers in the 14th century. Relief printing has played a pivotal role in history, allowing for widespread dissemination of information—for example, the Guttenberg Bible and political broadsides by Jose Guadalupe Posada & others that critiqued the aristocracy and made it possible to organize grassroots labor movements throughout the world.

     We have invited twenty artists to each carve their own 40x60'' woodblock, to be printed on canvas and displayed together at Hoofprint Workshop's opening reception for the Woodcut Challenge Portfolio. A majority of the artists are Chicago-based; many live and work just blocks from our studio in Pilsen. Their work varies—some artists focus on mark-making and abstraction, while others address immigration, the politics of food production, and Chicago motifs: what it's like to live and work in the city. The portfolio will be displayed in its entirety at the opening reception on October 24th. 





Closing Reception:
Friday, November 6th, 6-10pm

Images from top:
S.V. Medaris admires a proof,
Ricardo Serment makes a few last marks before printing,
Jackie Kazarian screenprints with glue before flocking for a collagraphic element,
Oli Watt enjoys a cold one while we proof his block,
Anna Hasseltine carves in style,
Gabriel Villa puts the finishing touches on his block. 


Our cat is going under the knife so she can be free of her tummy tumor! Help us pay for her surgery by purchasing a screenprinted Bubbee T-shirt!

It features a drawing of her head that we made, and you can choose from one of 6 phrases, printed on the front or back of your shirt, including "Bubb-Aid 2015" and "Gravy Sluts of America."

Thanks for your support! We really APURRRECIATE it!

Liz, Gabe, & Bubbee

Join us on Sunday, November 22nd from 12-4:30pm for GRABADOLANDIA! This awesome event features printshops from around the city--everyone will be demonstrating their skills and spreading the print gospel! Plus, purchase affordable prints to give your friends for the holidays!

National Museum of Mexican Art
1852 W. 19th Street Chicago, IL 60608

Gig poster designed by Liz and printed here at Hoofprint for Sima Cunningham's upcoming November Residency at the Hideout!

We are also planning an installation for Marrow's record release show for their new album, The Gold Standard, on November 27th at Lincoln Hall.

And save the date for Hoofprint's annual year-end bash--we'll be celebrating with a rowdy group show, "WASSAIL! A VAGABOND'S CHRISTMAS," on December 4th, so get your figgy pudding in the oven, already!

Thanks for reading! 
Happy Printing,
Liz & Gabe
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