Paul Soulellis

Paul Soulellis (b. 1968) is a New York-based artist and creative director, maintaining his studio in Long Island City, NY. His book works explore place, image and identity. He teaches at RISD and Purchase College.

Recently, Paul was a featured speaker at Build 2013 in Belfast, N. Ireland, where he presented “Resistance (Scenes from a designer’s counter-practice).” During summer 2013 he completed 530 (Sá veldur sem á heldur) as an artist-in-residence in Skagaströnd, Iceland.

Paul is the founder of Library of the Printed Web, a curatorial project organized around artists who use screen capture, image grab, site scrape and search query to develop printed matter from content found on the web. The growing collection, housed in a wooden display crate, was presented at the opening of the 55th Venice Biennale (The Book Affair / 29–31 May 2013). More about LotPW here (“Search, compile, publish”) and here (West Space Journal).

Paul publishes Printed Web #1, the first publication devoted to web-to-print art and discourse. The 64-page Winter 2014 issue features new work by Penelope Umbrico, Joachim Schmid, Christian Bök, Clement Valla, Benjamin Shaykin, Mishka Henner, Chris Alexander, & and David Horvitz, with texts by Hito Steyerl and Kenneth Goldsmith.

Weymouths, a 12-volume book work commissioned by the b-side Multimedia Arts Festival, was installed/performed in Weymouth, England for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. As part of Weymouths, Paul designed the geo-historical typeface Stetson and released it for free download under an Open Font License in 2012.

Paul wrote about the Weymouths experience in “The Generosity Echo” for the Jan/Feb 2013 issue of Communication Arts.

Stripped (Sixty-Six Sunsets Stripped), part of a collaborative work in honor of Ed Ruscha’s 75th birthday, was featured in “Ed Ruscha / Books & Co.” at the Gagosian Gallery, 5 March–27 April 2013, New York.

He was a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome in 2011, where he produced Memory Palace. Other recent projects include 273 Relics for John Cage (A Likeness Is an Aid to Memory) at the University of North Carolina (2011) and Venetian Suite (2010).

Paul is a member of ABC Artists’ Books Cooperative.

He founded the strategic design firm Soulellis Studio in 2001 and produces award-winning work for clients like Cornell University, TED, Waterworks, Esri, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Municipal Art Society of New York. His work allows him to collaborate closely with leading creative thinkers in design, business and technology — Richard Saul Wurman, Jack Dangermond, Nancye Green, Ann Pendleton-Jullian, Philip K. Howard and John Seely Brown, among others.

His work is featured regularly on design blogs and online galleries and he is a contributing author to the web design journal The Manual. He hosted a Glass House Conversation in February 2012.

Paul was trained as an architect and is a graduate of Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art and Planning. He speaks regularly on his work and has been a visiting critic at Cornell University, Parsons The New School for Design, Columbia University and the City University of New York.

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.