SONNENZIMMER

 

Sonnenzimmer is the collective output of artists Nick Butcher and Nadine Nakanishi. We opened our print shop in 2006 so we could print as many colors as we please. We are based in Chicago, IL where we find ourselves surrounded by a deep graphic history and graphic presence. Our work explores the contemporary and historic impact of the graphic impulse through publishing, exhibitions, graphic design, and performance. While we work in an array of media, our focus is on triangulating a deeper understanding of the role of graphic expression at large. In addition to our self-driven work, we actively engage in commissioned projects aiming to reshape preconceived notions of the graphic arts. Our work has been shown in The United States, Brazil, China, and Europe; with recent solo exhibitions at Vebikus Kunsthalle Schaffhausen, Switzerland, and Hatch Show Print in Nashville, Tennessee.

 

As working graphic artists, we aim to continually build new partnerships with individuals, initiatives, and cultural producers at large. Our practice relies on the interplay between commissioned projects and our own exhibition and publishing efforts. In a working print shop, all ideas flow into one another. This allows us to tap into new understandings of media at large and how artistic expression is embedded and not lost. A practice that surfaces this exchange (between media and graphic expression) aims to make visible the importance of ownership of our collective graphic skin.

 

As a studio, we thrive where service, experimentation, and form collide. We are a functioning print shop staffed with two dreamers. We are contemporary artists, we are instrument builders, we are typesetters, we are painters, we are thinkers, we are writers, we are human animals lending form to the formless.

 

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The New [New] Corpse, Green Lantern Press, Publication Design and Cover Artwork

 

Julie Byrne, Poster Design and Screen Printing

 

Andrew Bird, Poster Design and Screen Printing

 

Jason Stein's Locksmith Isidore After Caroline, LP Design

 

Folding Field, Textile Design and Production

 

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Alexander Valentine Lucifer in Dub, Publication Design and Screen Printing

 

PAST PARTNERS

NOT FOR PROFITS


Arts Club of Chicago
Active Transportation
Bad At Sports
Chicago Artist Coalition
Chicago Printers Guild
Children’s Museum Chicago
Cleave Carney Art Gallery
Comfort Station
Elastic Arts
Ensemble Dal Niente
Experimental Sound Studio
Eyeworks - Festival of Experimental Animation
DePaul Art Museum
Design Museum of Chicago
Honolulu Printmakers
Homeroom Chicago
Human Rights Watch
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
Milwaukee Art Museum
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
Newberry Library
Poetry Foundation
Sector 2337
Society of Typographic Arts
Spudnik Press Cooperative
The Association for the Advancement
    of Creative Musicians
The American Poster Institute
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra
The Mies van der Rohe Society
The Renaissance Society
United States Artists
University of Chicago
U.S. Soccer Federation
Vebikus Kunsthalle Schaffhausen
57th Street Art Fair

ARTISTS


Alexander Valentine

Anders Nilsen
Angee Lennard
Angela James
Anne Benjamin
Ayako Kato
A Hawk And A Hacksaw
Alexander Stewart
Andrew Bird
Bad Suns
Billy Bauman
Bobby Sims
Brian Cook
Caroline Picard
Club Club
Cody Hudson
Cupola Bobber
Crosshair
David Tamarkin
Dan Devening
Disappears
Doug Fogelson
Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros
Evan Hecox
Exit Ghost
Forgett Cassettes
Geoff Farina
Holler House
Ina Weise
Jason Roebke
Jason Stein
Jordan Martins
Jim Krantz
Joe Meno
Josh Berman
Josh Honn
Judson Claiborne
Julian Kirshner
Justin Witte
Keefe Jackson
Koen Slothouber
Leslie Baum
Lise Haller Baggesen
Like Pioneers
Lilli Carré
Luke Yonis Abubeker
Maria Gaspar
Michael Cina
Michael Kentoff
Mike Reed
Mouse On Mars
oRSo
Paul Giallorenzo
People Places and Things
Rob Funderburk
Ronny Hunger
Roofwalkers
Sharon Guillotte
Terri Kapsalis
Theaster Gates
Third Coast Percussion 
The Antlers
The National
The Swell Season
Touch Tones
Tim Kinsella
Tim Daisy
Tim Hecker
Zach Hurd

INSTITUTIONS


Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland

California Institute of the Arts,
College of DuPage
Center for Paper and Book Arts, Columbia College 
Cranbrook Academy of Art
Harold Washington College
Ohio University
Minneapolis of College of Art and Design
Minot State University
Northern Illinois University

Northwestern University
Ox-Bow
Pratt Institute
St. Ambrose University
The University of Hawaii at Manoa
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Texas State University, 
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Virginia Tech

COMPANIES
 

50000feet
Americano 2211
China Eastern Airlines
Cards Against Humanity
Conde Naste
Corbett vs. Dempsey
Ekonomisk Management
Energy BBDO
Facebook
Frontporch Productions
Ghostly International
Intelligentsia Coffee
Longman & Eagle
Neighborly
Open Sesame
Ork Posters
Pentimenti Productions
Pitchfork [ 1 ]
Redbull Music Academy
Sebastian Foster
Sheridan Park Consulting
Skyline Design
Specimen Products
Storystudio Chicago
The Quite Life
The Winchester
Warby Parker
Wilkens Design Studio
Urban Outfitters
UX for Good
Warner Brothers

Yuck Print House
Zeni & Assosciates

PUBLICATIONS

American Short Fiction
Bail Magazine
Cloudy Collection
Chicago Reader
Chicago Review
IBM Systems Magazine
Juxtapoz
Journal of Artists Books
Middlewest Magazine
Morningstar Magazine
NewCity
New York Times
The Pitchfork Review
Perfectly Acceptable Press
Poetry Magazine
Punk Planet
The California Printmaker
The Green Lantern Press
Timeout Chicago
XLR8R
5 x 7

VENUES
 

The Empty Bottle
Metro Chicago
Cafe OTO 
Sector 2337

The Hideout
Schubas

Thalia Hall
Ballroom Marfa

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