Sonnenzimmerin mestariluokka ja luento

Työpaja,Luento 21.10.2016

Sonnenzimmer pitää Grafialaisille oman 2-päiväisen mestariluokan 23.–24.11., sekä avoimen luennon Aalto- yliopistolla 22.11. otsikolla Graphic Arts Future.

"Sonnenzimmer is the Chicago-based studio of Nick Butcher and Nadine Nakanishi. Their collective work is centered on the graphic arts, but tackles this historical genre from every angle imaginable. Through exhibitions, client-based commissions, self-published books, textiles, and now music, the duo continues to push against the porous wall separating art and design through playful abstraction and a dedication to print. During their upcoming visit to Aalto University, Sonnenzimmer will give a public presentation of their work and lead a workshop in collaboration with Grafia.

Mestariluokka 23.-24.11. Aalto-yliopiston tiloissa, 12 grafialaista + 3 Aallon opiskelijaa, kurssi on kaksipäiväinen ja englanninkielinen. Liput 40 euroa, myynnissä 24.10. alkaen. 

Graphic Arts Future


Graphics are like a skin between technology and ourselves. As the role of technology changes, how will the graphics arts change with it? Over the course of this two-day workshop, participants will explore the elastic edge of the graphic arts by engaging in experimental image making processes and class discussion.

Working with a mixture of new materials (low temperature molding plastic and printable silk) and traditional modes of expression like painting and photography, attendees will be asked to stretch the boundaries of their process while hypothesizing about the future role of the graphic arts in our changing world. The workshop will culminate with the development of unique image content and text presented on the web and in print form.


At Sonnenzimmer, our work is fundamentally rooted in the screen printing process. While the medium dictates that our images be developed through series of discrete and rigid steps, we’ve found great freedom and fluidity in the process. For us, each step (image generation, film production, stencil making, printing, ∞) allows for continued development of the final product while simultaneously moving it towards completion and disciminiation. These parameters offer a unique opportunity for productive improvisation, not common in most mediums.

Our objective with this workshop is to extract this step-based nature of the screen printing process and superimpose on a new set of experimental parameters. Through compartmentalized steps, participants will mold, morph, capture, and animate their graphic expression while exploring the conceptual notions of a “Graphic Arts Future”.

Students should leave the workshop with an expanded image making toolset and individualized ideas regarding the future of the two dimensional image.

Materials provided by Participants: 1 smartphone (with camera) per student


Day 1

Intro: 30 min Molding plastic demo: 10 min Mold plastic: 30 min Paint plastic demo: 10 min Paint plastic: 45 min Scanning and composition demo: 15 min Scanning and composition plastic: 60 min Output on silk demo: 10 min Output on silk: 30 min Assign Readings: Ivans Prints and Visual Communications, Something on VR (TBD)

Day 2

Discussion: 60 min Activation of silk demo: 10 min Animation demo: 15 min Activation, animation, writing: 120 min Compile animations and text into publication: 60 min About the


Sonnenzimmer’s bio is a building, one sitting atop two columns. The building sways in the wind. Sometimes a thing or two slips out of a window that has been left open for fresh air. These things glide, flip, stretch, and twist until they reach the ground, where they make a curious impression in the sand below. Sonnenzimmer is the collective work of artists Nick Butcher and Nadine Nakanishi. Their collaborative practice was established in 2006 in Chicago, Illinois.

Initially recognized for their idiosyncratic commissioned screenprinted posters, their practice has since morphed into a interdisciplinary toolshed spanning multiple platforms, including exhibitions, publishing, performance, graphic design, and exhibition design. Equal parts balancing act between art and design and radical reclamation of all aspects of visual expression, the studio is grounded in the lasting potential of the graphic arts, while exploring the physical and conceptual friction between abstraction and communication.

Their work has been exhibited in the United States, China, and Europe with recent exhibitions at the Arts Club of Chicago, Vebikus Kunsthalle Schaffhausen (Switzerland), and Texas Sate University. They have been commissioned by various clients including U.S. Soccer Federation, Morningstar, Intelligentsia Coffee, China Eastern Airlines, Veto Records, and Sub Pop Records and they lead lectures and workshops in academic and commercial settings, including recent visits to California Institute for the Arts, Columbia College Chicago, The Art Institute of Chicago, Pratt Institute, Minneapolis College of Art and Design



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