Paul Soulellis is a Providence-based graphic designer, artist and educator. His practice includes teaching, writing and experimental publishing, with a focus on queer methodologies and network culture.
He is the founder and director of Queer.Archive.Work (QAW), a nonprofit community reading room, publishing studio and project space founded in 2020 that serves the Providence community and beyond. QAW supports artists and writers with free, open access to space and resources for experimental publishing.
Soulellis' own publishing practice includes collaborative projects focused on urgency and collective care that feature artists and writers who reject normative narratives through techniques like interference and refusal. His many editions of Printed Web, Queer.Archive.Work, and Urgency Reader are in special collections at The Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Walker Art Center, Yale University and many other institutions worldwide.
Additionally, Soulellis 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 collection was acquired by MoMA Library in 2017.
Soulellis' talks and writing are featured extensively in publications on network culture, contemporary art and design, and experimental publishing. These include Net Art Anthology (Rhizome); Private, Public, Secret (Aperture); Publishing Manifestos (MIT Press;, Queering the Collection (GenderFail/ICP); and Time, Forward! (VAC Venice).
Academic areas of interest
Experimental publishing, queer theory, archival practices, network culture, publishing as artistic practice, social practice, community practice, relational design, net art, typography, risograph, printing, zine culture, radical/urgent publishing, and vernacular practices