The Past is a Stranger, The Future is a Guest: New Work by Sonnenzimmer
October 12 – November 12
Reception: Monday, October 12, 5 – 7 p.m.
Artist’s Lecture: Monday, October 12, 12:30 p.m., JCM 2121
Sonnenzimmer. Graphic Arts Future, 2015.
In this exhibition by the Chicago studio, Sonnenzimmer (Nick Butcher and Nadine Nakanishi), the duo permutate their hybrid practice of art and design into its most singular form to date. Featuring upholstered paintings, sculptural records of original music, quilted textiles and printed matter, The Past is a Stranger, the Future is a Guest ushers in a new era for the studio and finds Butcher and Nakanishi at the elastic edge of a contemporary graphic arts practice. To commemorate the exhibit, Sonnenzimmer will release a new publication titled Graphic Arts Future, featuring original music and acts of fiction.
Sonnenzimmer is a Chicago-based art and screen printing studio run by Nick Butcher and Nadine Nakanishi. They have had an elastic existence in their nine-year history. Beginning as a shared painting studio, equipped with industrial screen printing equipment, the venture quickly morphed into a graphic art studio specializing in hand-crafted posters and design commissions for some of the city’s most recognized cultural institutions. Their practice is rooted in idiosyncratic imagery and experimentation, which is often achieved through an improvisational approach to design. This is explored through many lenses—may it be of collaborative, experimental, or commercial in nature. Sonnenzimmer’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, with recent exhibits at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (2011) and The Art Institute of Chicago (2013). Their work has been published in books by Gestalten, Princeton Architectural Press, Gingko Press, The Pepin Press and Rockport Publishers. Their books and posters can be found in collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, Design and Architecture Department; the Museum of Design Zürich, Plakatraum; the University of Maryland; Stanford Art and Architecture Library; and Vanderbilt University.
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