The People’s Pamphlets, is Chicago’s own Spudnik Press‘s contribution to the Ghost confluence. It’s an amazing show in scope and scale, and documented in great detail here and on Spudnik’s site for those of you who can’t see it in person. And if you were to send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Spudnik Press Cooperative, c/o The People’s Pamphlets, 1821 W Hubbard, Suite 302, Chicago, IL 60622 you would receive a selection of 5 artist-designed pamphlets from the exhibition. The project description and images below are courtesy of Spudnik Press.
The People’s Pamphlets is comprised of 25 risograph editioned tri-fold pamphlets by contemporary artists. There was no thematically constraint for the exhibition, rather the brochures animate the interests of each artist in a wildly disparate, fantastically in-cohesive manner.
While digitally distributed media has fast usurped pen and paper as a means of communication, certain public spaces remain deeply hospitable to the dynamism and efficacy of print media. Festivals, welcome centers, information kiosks, transit depots, shopping hubs and the like remain stocked with brochures, bi-folds, tri-folds, pamphlets, fliers, and circulars—all free for the indiscriminate taking.
As a curatorial endeavor, The People’s Pamphlets is situated within the history of the artist-brochure in the broader context of artists’ books and ephemera, and considers the continued relevance of print within sites of spectacle, tourism or travel – particularly as these spaces themselves continue to digitize. To that end, the project also operates within the broader history of cultural “festivalism” which has deep roots in grand tours, world’s fairs, biennials and, more recently, trade expositions and art fairs. The name is a nod to the Chicago Cultural Center, which was once coined the “People’s Palace” and remains a central destination for culture and…pamphlets.
The exhibition was curated by Jessica Cochran, and included work by Conrad Bakker, Judith Brotman, Phaedra Call, Johanna Drucker, Gurl Don’t Be Dumb, Rachel Foster, Krista Franklin, Dianna Frid, Maria Gaspar, Lise Haller Baggesen, Kelly Lloyd, Adelheid Mers, Michael Milano, Cathy Alva Mooses, Melissa Potter, Adam Pantić (Pulp & Pastry), Ernesto Pujol, Academy Records, Maddie Reyna, Ryan Richey, Eric Ruschman, Fred Sasaki, Kyle Schlie, Leonardo Selvaggio, Shann Syed, Sonja Thomsen, and Ian Weaver.
Below is a survey of each pamphlet and project for the exhibition.
Leo Selvaggio’s work included this sculptural work.
Ryan Richey (above & below)
Pulp and Pastry
Maria Gaspar (above & below)
Lisa Haller Baggesen Ross
Gurl Don’t Be Dumb (above & below)
Gareth Long (above & below)
Ernesto Pujol (above & below)
Eric Ruschman (above & below)
Adelheid Mers (above & below)