I'm Not Trying to Change Anything, I'm Just Changing

AppleButter Animated & Sonnenzimmer, Public Works Gallery, Chicago, IL, Septebmer 28 – November 3, 2019

Saugatuck Center for the Arts, Saugatuck, MI, March 8 – May 24, 2019, Curated by Tori Pelz

This eclectic exhibition continues our exploration of humanity’s “graphic impulse,” this time through the lens of touch. Touch is exemplified by two factors, pressure and surface quality, and unlike our other senses, is only fully experienced through movement. Note the difference between placing your finger on the surface of a rough rock, or moving your finger across it. Movement is the music of touch. In this respect, we were excited to move the ideas of this exhibition across two iterations. Originally conceptualized as a solo exhibition at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts, we were grateful that I'm Not Trying to Change Anything, I'm Just Changing, took on a second life at Chicago's Public Works Gallery as a collaborative exhibition with the creative powerhouse, AppleButter Animated (Megan Jedrysiak & Jackson Ammenheuser). Combining their recent explorations with robot-aided painting and their longtime engagement with experimental animation, this collaboration yielded further movement to the pressure we'd begun placing on the subject matter, and expanded the conceptual undertones of the exhibit to ideas of "playbor" and agency in a changing media and social landscape. In addition to the textile works shown in Saugatuck, we created a series of hybrid prints called Weather Loves You for the Chicago iteration. In keeping with our ongoing publication program, we've published books for each iteration of the exhibit, Apple Clasp (Saugatuck Center for the Arts) and I'm Not Trying to Change Anything, I'm Just Changing (Public Works Gallery). Each publication feature a poetic essay pontificating an imageless future, set against original music. 

Available Works

I'm Not Trying to Change Anything, I'm Just Changing Book + LP
Apple Clasp  Book + Cassette 

Kinesics Through Layer Ping Pong 


Photos by Ben Speckman

Surface Resolution Center by Sonnenzimmer 

Stroll & Idle Again by Sonnenzimmer (left), Head Swipe to Spin Faster by AppleButterAnimated (right)

Elongated Haptic by Sonnenzimmer 

At Thumb Lengths by AppleButter Animated (left), Kinesics Through Layer Ping Pong by AppleButter Animated & Sonnenzimmer (right)

Tidal Contents by Sonnenzimmer (left), Maybe Sit With Yellow & Image as Afterthought by Sonnenzimmer (right)

Hello From Hammerspace by Sonnenzimmer

Bare Bells by Sonnenzimmer (left), Iʼm Working, Iʼm Walking, Iʼm Seeing by Sonnenzimmer (right)

p_a_i_r (Painting Audience Instructed Robot) by AppleButter Animated

I'm Not Trying to Change Anything, I'm Just Changing, Saugatuck Center for the Arts​, photos by Sonnenzimmer