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is the New York-based graphic design and
publishing studio of Paul Soulellis
. Counterpractice projects
include books, posters, environmental graphics, websites, apps, brand strategy, naming, identities, archives and publishing.
Counterpractice questions the red-hot center, and looks for magic in the margins. The
studio favors longevity over right now, thingness over
ephemerality and agility over perfection.
Above all, radical
curiosity drives the work.
Paul is the founder of Library of the Printed Web
, an expanding physical archive devoted to
web-to-print artists’ books, zines and other printout matter. The project has gathered
international attention and was shown at The
at the opening of the 55th Venice Biennale, and featured in The New Yorker
by Kenneth Goldsmith. Paul writes, speaks
extensively about his experimental publishing research, and was invited by Olia Lialina to direct a one-week Library of the Printed Web workshop
at Merz Akademie in Stuttgart in June 2015.
Through Library of the Printed Web, Paul publishes Printed Web
semi-annual print-on-demand publication of web-to-print art and discourse. Directly inspired by Seth Siegelaub’s group show publications, each issue contains new work by artists who work on, within and around the internet. Printed Web 3
, featuring 147 artists
, launched as a server directory on Rhizome
and as physical artifacts at Offprint London
at the Tate Modern in May 2015.
In addition to working as an independent designer for many years (for clients like TED
, Cornell University
and The Rockefeller
), Paul maintains his own artist’s practice. He shows experimental printed
matter at galleries, museums and book fairs internationally and has produced site-specific,
socially-engaged book works at artists’ residencies in the US
. He is a member of ABC
[Artists’ Books Cooperative]
. In June 2014, Paul was in residence in Dorset, England to produce Portlander
, a print-on-demand newspaper for the Isle of Portland.
Paul is currently on a one-year full-time term appointment at Rhode Island School of Design, where he teaches graphic design and experimental publishing. He is a contributing editor at Rhizome
and his writing has been featured in publications like The Manual
(“The Generosity Echo”
) The Blue Notebook
. He writes regularly about art and design
and he hosted a popular Glass House Conversation
on John Cage and
design humility in February 2012.
Paul is frequently invited to speak about his work and has been a visiting critic at
UCLA, Art Center College of Design at Pasadena, International Center of Photography, Cornell University, Columbia University, City
University of New York, Pratt, RISD and Parsons The New School of Design. He was invited to curate a special table of Printed Web books for the Google Span Design Conference
in October 2015, was a featured speaker
at Brown University in March 2015 and spoke at Build
in Belfast, N.
Ireland in 2013 (“Resistance /
Scenes from a designer’s counter-practice
Paul graduated from the College of Architecture, Art and Planning at
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