Posts Tagged ‘Nadine Nakanishi’

If you missed the Press and Pull  show, you missed one spectacular night…  Letterpress, screenprint and etching pieces were featured by an all-star line-up including Letterform, Megan Sterling, Ryan Kapp, Sonnenzimmer and Veronica Corzo-Duchardt of Winterbureau and was held at creative go-round here in Chicago. Check out some highlights and stunning work from the show by clicking here, or clicking on the image below:

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Tomorrow, five artists and designers from the Chicago area will be showcased in “Press & Pull”. Come by and view letterpress, screenprint and etching pieces by an all-star line-up including Letterform, Megan Sterling, Ryan Kapp, Sonnenzimmer and Veronica Corzo-Duchardt of Winterbureau. Recognize the names? From Harrington faculty to Harrington Grads, this show is sure to be a great one!

Press and Pull // a show of rad prints by rad hands
Friday, April 15th // 7pm till around 10:30 pm
At creative go-round // 459 N Milwaukee Ave
Spirits, snacks, great work and lots of good people will be there!

Get a taste of what’s to be featured:

Have any questions about the event? Contact Tre’ Henry, Assistant Director/Curator of creative go-round and exhibition organizer at thenry@creativegoround.org.

You can find out more about creative go-round and its founder from a past blog feature here.

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Yesterday I shared Sonnenzimmer’s commemorative poster they created for Harrington College of Design’s IMAGINE 2010 Event.

Harrington College of Design instructors Duffy O’Connor and Megan Sterling also contributed to the event by creating a commemorative poster which you can see above. 

The concept for the poster first took shape from an initial drawing by Megan. After some collaboration between Duffy and Megan on details, text and atmosphere, the final imagery took shape.

Duffy shared, “The printing was led by Megan with assistance from me, as well as timely help from the wonderful Maria Sanchez of the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative. In total, we printed four layers to produce the finished image, with each layer as a separate color.”

As a result of the project, Duffy and Megan plan to create more collaborative projects in the future – I, for one, definitely look forward to seeing the work!

Again, warm thanks are due to our Harrington instructors Duffy and Megan – thanks for your creative contribution to IMAGINE 2010!

Poster courtesy Duffy O’Connor and Megan Sterling.

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IMAGINE is an annual art auction organized by Harrington College of Design. Each year, a new charity is chosen to receive all the proceeds from the event. This year, the money raised was donated to Design Industries Foundation Fighting Aids (DIFFA).

For this year’s IMAGINE event, a commemorative poster was created by a well-known screen print studio, Sonnenzimmer, and Harrington instructors Duffy O’Connor and Megan Sterling. I followed up with Nadine Nakanishi from Sonnenzimmer to hear the background story behind their poster (pictured above) and here is what I found out…

“We were honored to work on a project of this scale, producing an edition of commemorative posters. It’s so nice to get a break from gig posters and the idea that we could actually be helping someone in need with our work feels really good.

With such a loaded word as “Imagine”, we struggled to find the right imagery for the project. Cliches are always hard to avoid, but this time around it was even harder than usual! We are sure everyone would get a good laugh from some of our initial sketches. Think bad, then think worse! After lots of back and forth, we eventually settled on an impossible geometric abstraction anchored by a warm color pallet. We wanted to reference the hope that DIFFA helps spread, without beating the audience over the head with the imagery usually associated with such a sentiment,” Nadine shared.
Warm thanks to Sonnenzimmer for your outstanding work and contribution to IMAGINE 2010!

Poster courtesy Sonnenzimmer

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From their partnership studio Sonnenzimmer, Nadine Nakanishi and Nick Butcher have created screen printed posters for clients as varied as Throbbing Gristle, Andrew Bird, The Newberry Library, and Human Rights Watch. Using a mixture of chance abstraction, modernist typography, and representational imagery, the duo has created a unique aesthetic that pulls from various movements in art history while remaining distinctly forward thinking.

Vorab Fabrik or “Beforehand Factory” is the duo’s first exclusive solo gallery show focusing on their non commissioned art work. Pulling from such influences as minimalism, arte povera, and abstract expressionism, the two are creating work that forgoes the functionality of the poster yet retains the graphic quality found in their commercial work. Vorab Fabrik features new paintings, prints, and installations.
Opening reception, February 26th, 7–11pm
Gallery open: February 26th – March 19th
The Family Room
1821 West Hubbard Street
Chicago, IL 60622

Call or e-mail for viewing after opening, 312-265-6406 or



Posters by Nadine Nakanishi and Nick Butcher

Caption: Snowshelf, by Nadine Y. Nakanishi, 2009, Aluminum Typecast, Bookcover, Tape, Acrylic, Latex
4 x 4 ft


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