Amanda Chung, lucky risograph
Tell us a little bit about lucky risograph
lucky risograph is a POC-owned print, design studio, and publisher based in Dumbo, NY. Primarily working through the medium of risograph printing, we create a wide variety of printed matter ranging from fliers to art books. Risograph is an eco-friendly medium utilizing non-toxic ink derived from rice bran and print stencils made from natural fiber. Since our establishment in 2018, we have continued to incorporate the eco-conscious and affordable nature of risograph into our everyday practice, working with diverse artist communities within NYC and across the globe.
By working with collaborators to reimagine their art, we were able to translate many digital and physical pieces into art books, zines, and prints. Beyond publishing, we also devote our time to the proliferation of the riso art community by annually hosting Sounds About Riso, a risograph market event first launching in 2019. We created lucky risograph to connect with creators from different realms of art, and to fulfill our mission, we’ve offered in-person and online workshops, DIY lessons, and open studio hours. We hope to create a more accessible studio space for artists looking to bring risograph into their existing practices.
How long have you been based in DUMBO?
We just moved in February!
What do you enjoy about being based in DUMBO?
We love the variety of small businesses and individuals that are based in Dumbo! Also, it’s such a treat to see so many cute dogs on their walks on every corner 24/7.
What artists are you excited to see at the 2022 DUMBO Open Studios?
Smack Mellon is a great non-profit art organization that has had a huge impact in DUMBO and the local art scene. I always make a point to visit their shows and check out their studio artists. I’m particularly excited to see Anne’s work this year– many motifs that are used in her work are nostalgic to me but feels refreshing at the same time to see these common structures/themes reinterpreted through the eye and hand of the artist.
I met Louis a month before moving to 20 Jay through a mutual friend to discuss a potential collaboration and when we found out that we would be working in the same building it really felt ~meant to be~. I was able to visit his studio just a few days after we moved in and that was definitely one of the highlights of being in DUMBO. We are printing Louis’ art book/catalog for his upcoming solo show at Kapp Kapp and as a small press in our growing stages it has been so great to be working with Louis who is on a very similar wavelength in his career but also as a creative person. Huge props to Louis!
As a risograph press we work predominantly with paper so I was very excited to see Destiny Belgrave, a fellow artist who works with paper, pop up on the Open Studio roster. I admire the intricacy of her paper cutouts and meaningful use of vibrant colors to represent her subjects. I will definitely be visiting her studio to check out her artwork in person!
Jin Yong Choi
I wasn’t familiar with Jin Yong’s work prior to going through the Open Studio roster but Jin Yong’s sculptures definitely stood out to me for its chaotic energy and gave me the vibes that I can only describe as “falling into a digital dream trance.”
What else should visitors not miss during their visit to DUMBO Open Studios 2022?
Hudson Wilder, Opening April 14th
Powerhouse Arena Bookstore
Front General Store
Anything else you’d like to share with Open Studios visitors?
We’re so excited to meet you!