Jun 23rd 2017

Sonnenzimmer: Gaussian Blur

@ Experimental Sound Studio


Opening Friday, June 23rd, from 6PM - 9PM

On view through Friday, August 18th

Chicago-based publishers, printers, and artists, Sonnenzimmer (Nick Butcher and Nadine Nakanishi), have worked across several mediums in their decade-long collaboration. While, they continue to grow their practice, their foothold remains in the graphic arts. Gaussian Blur, is an experiment in emotion, material, image, and sound that seeks to harness the crosstalk of graphic abstraction and kinetic motion. For the exhibition, Sonnenzimmer have repurposed industrial plastic bags as a series of wall-mounted sculptures filled with water. Over the course of the exhibition, when activated (the bags are punctured) by the artists, the dripping containers create abstract sound events, as the water descends onto the printed matter below. The bags relieved from their function and freed from their content, the impact ignites the end of one image while beginning the composition of a new one. The slowly dissolving imagery becomes a metaphor for the distance between abstraction and representation. The cyclical meta nature of the exhibition is neither political or apolitical. Instead it represents the most powerful of all leanings, the grey mush of unformulated thought. Completely open to interpretation, yet existing in a closed ecology.

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