Sonnenzimmer

I’m not trying to change anything. I’m just changing.
Works by Sonnenzimmer. Curated by Tori Pelz.

Opening Reception March 8, 5:30 – 7:30PM | FREE | M-F 9AM – 5PM | Live DJ

New works by Sonnenzimmer, the Chicago-based print duo of Nick Butcher and Nadine Nakanishi. Known for their fearless experimentation and boundary-busting approach to art-making, Sonnenzimmer describes their work as “finely applied graphics,” pointing out that “the graphic arts predate the siloed genres of fine and applied” art. While blurring boundaries between art and design is common in contemporary art, Sonnenzimmer is unique in that they mess with every medium they touch, and whirl it all together. This is what makes them hard to pin down. Underlying their work is a deep respect for print tradition, yet they fuse historical hallmarks of printmaking like repeated images and woodblock prints with like non-traditional techniques like vacuum-forming, laser-cutting, and sound installation. The result is head-scratching, mesmerizing, and something altogether new.

Early in their practice, Sonnenzimmer gained international acclaim for their playful screen-printed posters for experimental bands like Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Dearhoof, and Cocorosie. Yet, their broad, genre-defying appeal is evident in clients like Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Newberry library, Human Rights Watch, and Facebook. They’ve lead lectures and workshops at Yale University, California Institute for the Arts, The Art Institute of Chicago, Pratt Institute, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and Aalto University in Helsinki.

Don’t miss the closing reception where we’ll have live performances, on-site screen-printing and other shenanigans. Their openings have been compared to “Avant garde theater” where everyone is invited to participate. (Did we mention Nick is also an experimental musician? We told you, these guys do it all.)

Closing Reception May 17, 5:30 – 7:30PM | FREE | M-F 9AM – 5PM | Live DJ | Cash Bar

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