Small Press Editions: Jessica Campbell, La Houle, Karsten Lund, & Meekling

OFFSITE EVENT: Sector 2337, 2337 N Milwaukee Ave., Chicago IL 60647 Tel. 773 - 266 - 4234

Join us on June 24th from 7-9pm for a dedicated selection of readings and discussions around the subject of small press/artist edition publishing practices.

Jessica Campbell is a Canadian artist and enthusiast of books, jokes, and paintings. She is the publications and programming director for Kavi Gupta Gallery, as well as the founder of editions | Kavi Gupta, an art bookstore operated by the gallery. Previous to coming to Chicago, she spent many years working for Drawn & Quarterly, a comic book and graphic novel publisher based in Montreal. She completed her MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she was the recipient of the Edward L. Ryerson Fellowship, and she was recently selected as one of NewCity's 2015 breakout artists.

La Houle is a Brussels-based publishing structure located 72 miles away from the sea, composed of Marie Lécrivain and Jean-François Caro. From art to fiction, our books try to build bridges between author, translator, artist, and publisher. La Houle will not follow a single path: through various encounters and collaborations, we choose to establish a methodology that will define itself along our publications. La Houle is a non-profit press. Our concern is to find economic ways of making and distributing printed matter, working in close relation to artists’ or writers’ practices.

Karsten Lund lives in Chicago, where he has organized exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP), the Hyde Park Art Center, various artist-run spaces, and more unconventional sites, such as an immense factory shortly before its demolition. As an essayist, editor, artist, and curator he is invested in exploring an expanded range of possibilities for art-related publications; since 2007 he has produced experimental publications in conjunction with various projects, collaborated on multiple artist books, and worked on numerous museum exhibition catalogues. Most recently, he is the editor of Irena Haiduk’s Spells, a collection of the artist’s writings forthcoming from Sternberg Press. Lund works as a Curatorial Assistant at MCA Chicago.

Meekling is a very small press, based in Chicago, Illinois. We specialize in small, hand-made editions of books by authors we adore. We generally publish works that play with or ignore the boundaries of genre. We appreciate humor and beauty and risk-taking, and we see publishing as a collaborative, community-driven adventure.