Paul Soulellis (@soulellis) is a New York-based teacher, 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 and curator at Rhizome and is an Assistant Professor in graphic design at Rhode Island School of Design.
Paul’s work explores experimental publishing and network culture. He frequently participates on panels, develops workshops and delivers talks in the US and Europe; recent engagements include Google Design, Printed Matter, Miss Read Berlin Art Book Fair, Art Directors Club of Tulsa, Fondation Galeries Lafayette (Paris) and Merz Akademie (Stuttgart).
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 has been shown at The Book Affair at the opening of the 55th Venice Biennale, Printed Matter’s LA & NY Art Book Fairs, Offprint London, Offprint Paris and Internet Yami-Ichi. Library of the Printed Web was profiled in The New Yorker by Kenneth Goldsmith.
Through Library of the Printed Web, Paul publishes Printed Web, an annual print-on-demand publication of web-to-print art and discourse. Printed Web 4, co-published with the International Center of Photography Museum, will be featured in “Public, Private, Secret,” curated by Charlotte Cotton, in June 2016.
Soulellis Studio produces award-winning strategic design work for organizations like Singularity University, The Nantucket Project, Association of Research Libraries, 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, Michigan State University, 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.