Graphic Arts Future

by Nick Butcher, Nadine Nakanishi

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    "Graphic Arts Future" asks the question of today, tomorrow, yesterday—where does 2D expression start and where does it end. "Graphic Arts Future" is in that realm between seeing and reading, sloppy thinking and precise feeling. It's the space that triangulates visceral and intellectual knowledge, that creates dimension for expression to transcend the normal vernacular. Graphicacy was argued to be important to be included in elementary education. It would serve as an ambassador, a bridge, or a connector between literacy and numeracy. It moves and grooves with us, a time capsule...of a new dawn.

    Size: 11.5 x 11.5 inches
    Interior: 24 pp., screen printed book on grapesicle French Paper, perfect bound open binding. Contributions: Featuring essays and illustrations from artists Alexander Valentine, Edie Fake, Julia V. Hendrickson, Todd Irwin, Daniel Mellis, Sonnenzimmer; interviews with Anders Nilsen, and Katherine Young. Edited by Lauren Weinberg.
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    Vinyl: 12" black
    Music by Nick Butcher & Nadine Nakanishi;
    Music contributions: Keefe Jackson, Jordan Martins, Jason Roebke, and Mark Greenberg. Mastering: Brian Labycz
    Recording: Sullivan Building, and Mayfair Workshop, Chicago.

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"Graphic Arts Future" Music is a sonic take on an ever expanding graphic arts practice. Instruments are interfaces, sound is physical, and dance music is a grid. This is the sound of liquefying images, pixelated bass lines, and screen grabs.

The LP was released as part of our 2015 publication "Graphic Arts Future", a collection of essays and interviews by Nick Butcher, Edie Fake, Julia V. Hendrickson, Todd Irwin, Daniel Mellis, Nadine Nakanishi, Alexander Valentine, Katherine Young, and Anders Nilsen. The publication was produced on the occasion of Sonnenzimmer's solo exhibition "The Past is a Stranger, The Future is a Guest" at Texas State University from October 12 – November 12, 2015.


released October 12, 2015

Music by Nick Butcher and Nadine Nakanishi, with contributions from Jordan Martins, Jason Roebke, and Keefe Jackon. Recorded by Nick Butcher at the Sullivan building, Chicago Jan - May 2015 and Mark Greenberg at Mayfair Workshop, Chicago July 2015. Mastered by Brian Labycz.



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Sonnenzimmer is the Chicago based studio and art practice of Nick Butcher and Nadine Nakanishi. Together they believe the future is a plane.

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