Painting Mountains with Sonnenzimmer
From their innovative gig posters to their lush textural prints, the Chicago-based Sonnenzimmer has been redefining America’s printmaking landscape for several years now. Founded by Nicholas Butcher and Nadine Nakanishi in 2006, the studio has built a loyal following (Ghostly included) based on their dexterous use of color, abstraction, and typography.
To mark the occasion of “Berg Bild,” a series of limited edition silk screen prints designed and produced by Sonnenzimmer for Ghostly International, we asked Nick and Nadine a few questions about their practice and the inspiration behind the new work.
(Adapted from an interview taken October, 2011)
In one sentence, how would you describe Sonnenzimmer to someone on a subway platform (or, in your case, the “L”)?
Sometimes we joke and say we are an art factory. But the truth is that we are a commercial graphic artist studio specializing in posters and publication design.
How do Chicago’s music and art scenes feed into your work as Sonnenzimmer?