With this latest exhibition Sonnenzimmer breaks rank from the flat planes that have defined and dictated much of their previous work, moving from static two-dimensional imagery to a more malleable format. Their newest work delves into the tradition of textiles, merging hand-woven and screen-printed fabric into a series of quilts. Rather than a simple reproduction of imagery onto a new surface, the aim is to explore the tactile and sculptural qualities made possible by this new medium. Working closely with the recent recipients of the 2012 Chicago Architectural Prize, Club Club, the exhibition investigates the nature of two-dimensional images under the influence of three-dimensional form. Each quilt interacts with a unique structural display, both magnifying and dismantling the function and graphic nature of the individual quilts. Paired with recent abstract paintings exploring landscape, these works act as a pendulum of functionality and abstract thinking. In dialogue with the exhibit, Sonnenzimmer will be publishing a limited edition book in collaboration with Club Club, both documenting and investigating the work and its theme.
Sonnenzimmer is the Chicago-based studio of Nick Butcher and Nadine Nakanishi. Merging backgrounds in typography, printmaking, graphic design and fine art, the duo has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Recent exhibitions include Object as Image, Image as Object at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design; Commercial Improvisation, a residency at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; and Space For Quietness in Thessaloniki, Greece. Sonnenzimmer’s work is included within the Art Institute of Chicago’s Design and Architecture collection, and the Museum of Design Zürich’s poster collection.
Opening Friday, April 12th, 2013 –
Lecture May 17th, doors open at 7pm
Gallery Hours Tuesday – Friday, 2:00-5:00pm and Saturday, 12:00-5:00pm
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