Paul Soulellis (@soulellis) is a New York-based artist, designer and publisher. He founded his research-based graphic design and publishing studio Counterpractice in 2014, as an inaugural member of NEW INC at the New Museum. He is a contributing editor at Rhizome and teaches at Rhode Island School of Design in Graphic Design.
Paul’s work explores experimental publishing and networked culture. He frequently participates on panels, develops workshops and delivers talks in the US and Europe; 2015 engagements included Google Design, Printed Matter, Fondation Galeries Lafayette in Paris and Merz Akademie in Germany.
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 gathers attention internationally and was shown at The Book Affair at the opening of the 55th Venice Biennale, and featured in The New Yorker by Kenneth Goldsmith.
Through Library of the Printed Web, Paul publishes Printed Web, a semi-annual print-on-demand publication of web-to-print art and discourse. Printed Web 3, featuring 147 artists, launched as a server directory on Rhizome and as physical artifacts at Offprint London at the Tate Modern (May 2015).
Paul’s current branding clients include Singularity University, The Nantucket Project and Association of Research Libraries. Previously, Soulellis Studio produced award-winning work for organizations like TED, Cornell University, Waterworks, Esri, the Rockefeller Foundation and The Municipal Art Society of New York.
Paul also maintains an artist’s practice focused on site-specific publishing and social engagement around printed material. Recent projects are Portlander (England, 2014), Weymouths (England, 2012) and 530 (Iceland, 2013).
Paul is a member of ABC [Artists' Books Cooperative], and his writing has been featured in publications like The Manual, Communication Arts, The Blue Notebook Journal for Artists’ Books and Code—X. He speaks regularly about his work and has been a visiting critic at UCLA, Art Center College of Design at Pasadena, Cornell University, Columbia University, School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and Parsons The New School of Design.
He directed a one-week Printed Web workshop at Merz Akademie in Stuttgart, Germany in June 2015 (invited by Olia Lialina). He was a featured speaker at Interrupt3 at Brown University and at Theorizing the Web 2015.
Paul graduated from the College of Architecture, Art and Planning at Cornell University.