Paul Soulellis

Paul Soulellis (b. 1968) is a New York-based artist and designer, maintaining his studio at NEW INC at the New Museum. He teaches at Rhode Island School of Design.

He founded his research-based graphic design and publishing studio Counterpractice in 2014. Previously, he ran Soulellis Studio for 12 years, producing award-winning work for clients like Cornell University, TED, Waterworks, Esri, The Rockefeller Foundation and The Municipal Art Society of New York.

Paul is the founder of Library of the Printed Web, a physical archive devoted to web-to-print artists’ books, zines and other printout matter. The on-going project has gathered international attention, was featured twice in the New Yorker, and was shown at The Book Affair at the opening of the 55th Venice Biennale.

In 2014, Paul began publishing Printed Web, a semi-annual “exhibition in print” devoted entirely to web-to-print art and discourse. Printed Web #1 launched at the LA Art Book Fair, Printed Matter and RISD. Printed Web #2 launches at the NY Art Book Fair in September 2014.

Paul’s experimental publications explore web culture, social identity, memory and place. Portlander, a commission for the Isle of Portland, England is forthcoming.

During summer 2013, he was an artist-in-residence in Skagaströnd, Iceland, where he completed 530 (Sá veldur sem á heldur), a place-based book work with social encounters.

Weymouths, a 12-volume book work commissioned by Dorset-based b-side arts festival, was installed/performed in Weymouth, England for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

Stripped (Sixty-Six Sunsets Stripped), part of a collaborative book work in honor of Ed Ruscha’s 75th birthday, was featured in “Ed Ruscha / Books & Co.” at Gagosian Gallery, New York.

Other self-published works include Apparition of a DistanceLaRossa Mix, Chancebooks, Las Meninas and 273 Relics for John Cage.

Paul is a member of ABC [Artists' Books Cooperative], and was a Visiting Artist at American Academy in Rome in 2011, where he produced Memory Palace.

Paul’s work is in numerous public and private collections, including the library of the John Cage Trust at Bard College and the private libraries of Ed Ruscha and Richard Kostelanetz. His work has been exhibited at Gagosian Gallery, Icebox Philadelphia, Lorimoto Brooklyn, Mews Project Space, London South Bank University, Slopes Melbourne, Museum Brandhorst Munich, Colorado Photographic Arts Center, University of North Carolina and University of Toronto.

Paul’s writing has been featured in publications like The Manual (“Design Humility”) and Communication Arts (“The Generosity Echo“). He hosted a popular Glass House Conversation on John Cage and design humility in February 2012.

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, City University of New York and Parsons The New School of Design. He was a featured speaker at the BookLive conference in London in June 2012 and at Build 2013.

Paul graduated from the College of Architecture, Art and Planning at Cornell University (B.Arch 1990).

Soulellis.com is Paul’s online design journal, featuring ephemera, commentary and project work, since December 2001. The current version was built by Krate and launched in January 2011.

Photo: Peter Millson.