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Elastic Arts Spring 2016
March 5 – May 21, 2016
Opening: Saturday, April 2nd, 7 – 10 pm
Vector Sculptures is a series of six large-format screen prints. While materially connected to Sonnenzimmer’s past work, these totemic and playful pieces counter their early abstractions with obtusely figurative tendencies. Here, deadpan emojis tell mythical origin stories and the uncanny valley is filled to the brim. Built through mixture of careful construction and improvisation, these works continue Sonnenzimmer’s exploration of the porous edge of graphic arts. In the future, images will be liquid, for now they are squeaky life boats.
Saturday, April 2nd, 7-10 pm
Images as Flotation Devices
Thursday, April 21, 9 pm
In this public forum/game show, curator Jordan Martins and Sonnenzimmer (Nick Butcher and Nadine Nakanishi), go head to head discussing the usage and meaning of images in contemporary society, followed by an improvised music series concert featuring Katherine Young – bassoon, Albert Wildeman – bass, Ryan Packard – drums/electronics
Sonnenzimmer, which began as Nick Butcher’s and Nadine Nakanishi’s shared painting studio in 2006, has morphed into a idiosyncratic graphic arts practice that merges painting, performance, printmaking, and design. Their work spans commissioned projects and their own publications, exhibitions, and performances. The duo has exhibited widely, with recent shows at The Museum of Contemporary Arts Chicago (2016), Texas State University (2015), the Center for Book and Paper Arts, Chicago (2014), and the Minneapolis College of Design (2013). Upcoming projects include installations at The Arts Club of Chicago and an exhibition at Vebikus Kunsthalle Schaffhausen, Switzerland.
Elastic Art’s visual art program is curated by Jordan Martins
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 2nd, 7-10 pm
Event: Thursday, April 21st, 9 pm
Exhibition dates: March 5th – May 21st