The Cress Gallery Of Art UTC Presents Fall 2017 Diane Marek Visiting Artists: Sonnenzimmer

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Nadine Nakanishi of Sonnenzimmer at work on Cafe Avatar
Nadine Nakanishi of Sonnenzimmer at work on Cafe Avatar

Exhibition dates for the Cress Gallery Fall 2017 Diane Marek Visiting Artists: Sonnenzimmer will be held from Sept. 26 through Nov. 3. Diane Marek Series Visiting Artist Series activities will be held from Sept. 25-28.

Artists’ Lecture will be held on Tuesday Sept. 26, 5:30 p.m. at Benwood Auditorium, Room 230, EMCS Building, corner of Vine and Palmetto Streets, followed by an Opening Reception directly across Vine Street at the Cress.

Other Diane Marek Visiting Artist events open to campus and the public:

- Process and Materials Session: Wednesday, Sept. 27, 11 a.m.-noon, Cress Gallery;
- Professionalism Session: Wednesday, Sept. 27, 4-5 p.m., Cress Gallery; and
- Professionalism Session: Thursday, Sept. 28, 12:15-1:30 p.m., Room 201, EMCS directly across Vine Street from the Fine Arts Center.

This exhibition and all Diane Marek Series events are open to the public.  Admission is free.
Gallery hours are Monday – Friday, 9:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 1-4 p.m.

The Cress Gallery of Art is located in the lobby of the UTC Fine Arts Center, 752 Vine St. at the corner of Vine and Palmetto Streets. The EMCS Building is located at 735 Vine St.

Parking: After 5 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends, visitors to the Cress may park free in any nearby lot not marked “24 hour reserved”. Before 5 p.m. on weekdays, visitors may find limited nearby street parking or park in the 5th Street Garage near MacKenzie Arena for a $4 fee and stroll across campus to Vine Street. For more parking information and lot maps visit http://www.utc.edu/auxiliary-services.

About the artists:

Chicago-based publishers, printers, artists and musicians, Nick Butcher and Nadine Nakanishi have worked across numerous media in their evolving decade-long collaboration known as Sonnenzimmer. Equal parts balancing act between art and design and a radical reclamation of all aspects of visual expression, their practice remains grounded in the lasting potential of the graphic arts. While exploring the physical and conceptual friction between abstraction and communication, they examine how our humanity is being defined by the substrate of media.
 
During their spring 2017 two-month Artists-in-Residency on the campus of Facebook, the duo found that “our old-school art making was confronted with a very fast, digital environment.”  Their Cress exhibition, Café Avatar, is a distinctive and highly original visual manifestation born from those thoughts, and their continued observations and investigations about the role of graphic art and our existence within an accelerating digital climate. In the words of Sonnenzimmer, Café Avatar will “convert the gallery into a familiar format…a sort of ecological interface.”
 
Café Avatar is comprised of original screen prints designed and pulled by hand onto non-traditional surfaces, along with sculpture, animation, sound work, illustration and text, all new work never exhibited before. Outside the doors of the Cress, an additional selection of Sonnenzimmer’s previous objects, printed works, and publications are featured in the lobby cases of the Fine Arts Center.

Nick Butcher and Nadine Nakanishi established their collaboration as Sonnenzimmer in 2006 in Chicago. Initially recognized for their idiosyncratic commissioned screen-printed posters, their practice has since morphed into an interdisciplinary tool shed spanning multiple platforms, including exhibitions, performance, publishing and design. They have exhibited in the United States, China and Europe, with recent exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago; Vebikus Kunsthalle Schaffhausen, Switzerland; and Texas Sate University, San Marcos. They have lectured and led workshops in academic and commercial settings, including The Facebook Artist-in-Residence Program, Menlo Park, Ca.; The Art Institute of Chicago; California Institute for the Arts, Valencia; Minneapolis College of Art and Design; Pratt Institute, New York City; and Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland. For more information about the artists visit  www.sonnenzimmer.com.




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