SONNENZIMMER is the collaborative studio practice of artists Nick Butcher and Nadine Nakanishi. Since 2006, we've focused on the intersection of graphic art and experimentation. We use the printshop as a physical and conceptual vehicle to CHALLENGE the preconceived notions of the graphic arts through image-making, writing, publishing, exhibitions, graphic design, and performance. While we move through an array of media, our focus is on triangulating a deeper understanding of graphic expression at large.   

Our work can be found in museum collections around the world, in books shops, and plastered to city walls. 

Nick Butcher
b. 1980 Dyersburg, TN

As an artist, I'm interested in navigating chance as a productive means of expression and discovery. My work often involves establishing rigid parameters with the hopes of squeezing out new information, unforeseen connections, and ideas from my otherwise logical and linear thought processes. Aside from Sonnenzimmer, I'm an active musician, with an affinity for  experimental music. For many years, I could be found performing around Chicago, but more recently I have devoted time to releasing music (of my own and others) through a small label I manage called Destiny Trax. 

Nadine Nakanishi

b. 1976 Santa Monica, CA (Swiss/Japanese/American)


Nick and Nadine mixing colors in Sonnenzimmer's studio.

Nick and Nadine, mixing colors in the studio.

[ ID: A fish-eye aerial perspective of Sonnenzimmer's studio, in view, is a screen printing hand-press on which a small screen is set up, to the side is an automatic screen printing press. On the walls are squeegees and flood bars, and a poster. A bald man in paint-covered overalls has his back to the camera and is holding a paint container. A woman, with dark hair in a ponytail, wearing a bright baseball cap, is looking down, face not visible. She is dipping a paintbrush into a container. Both are surrounding a rolling cart filled with various paint colors. ]