Paul Soulellis (b. 1968) is a New York-based artist, designer and publisher, maintaining his studio at NEW INC at the New Museum. He founded his research-based graphic design and publishing studio Counterpractice in 2014. He is on a one-year faculty term appointment at Rhode Island School of Design (2015–16) and is a contributing editor at Rhizome.
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 Book Affair at the opening of the 55th Venice Biennale, and featured in The New Yorker by Kenneth Goldsmith. Paul writes and speaks extensively about his experimental publishing research.
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).
Previously, Soulellis Studio produced award-winning work for clients like Cornell University, TED, 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 and The Blue Notebook Journal for Artists’ Books. 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.
Paul graduated from the College of Architecture, Art and Planning at Cornell University.
Photo: Joyce Seymore