Art. Design. DIDACTICS by Sonnenzimmer (the Chicago-based art studio of Nick Butcher and Nadine Nakanishi) is a collection of two out of print self-released artists' publications combined anew. Pairing Warp and Weft: Poster Construction (2012) and Formal Additive Programs (2010), Sonnenzimmer opens a window into their creative process, while expanding the canon of compositional practice related to both art and design. With this new iteration, the design studio contends with the duality of improvisation and formulated outcomes, while striving for the poetic and pragmatic in their approach to the visual field. While the first part of the book focuses on past poster work with a pragmatic and in-depth project breakdown (clients include the National, the Books, Mouse on Mars, etc), the second, Formal Additive Programs, aims to make a case for composing images through concise programs that embrace conscious flow.
Nick Butcher is an artist and musician living in Chicago, Illinois. He is currently an MFA candidate at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Printmedia. Butcher's work, though diverse, has centered around printmaking since 2001. He received his BFA form Middle Tennessee State University under the guidance of printmaker Christie Nuell in 2002. A Chicago resident since 2003, Butcher has worked under local printmaker Jay Ryan, as well as established Sonnenzimmer, a collaborative art practice, print and design studio with his wife, Nadine Nakanishi. Their collaborative work has been shown in the United States, Europe, and China with recent exhibits at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.Nadine Nakanishi is a Swiss- American artist based in Chicago, Illinois. Nakanishi works across several disciplines including printmaking, painting, weaving, and graphic design. She studied typography at the Gestalterische Berufsschule in Zürich, Switzerland. In 2006, she established Sonnenzimmer, a collaborative art practice, print and design studio with her husband, Nick Butcher. Author City: CHICAGO, IL USA