I’ve spent the past week enjoying film at the South by Southwest Music, Film and Interactive Conferences and Festivals (SXSW) in Austin, Texas. While I didn’t have nearly as much time off work as I have in years past, I still managed to head to some great movies, as well as the Flatstock gig poster show, which is held each year during the festival. Today we spotlight the work of Sonnenzimmer, the artistic team of Nick Butcher and Nadine Nakanishi. One of the main reasons we love their work: it looked like nothing else at Flatstock.
Backtrack with me for a second here… My husband and I fell in love during SXSW eight years ago. To celebrate this special time in our lives, each year during the festival, we head to Flatstock and buy a poster or two, catch a film together and grab a delicious bite downtown. This year’s poster of choice–the stunning Sonnenzimmer artwork shown at the top of the post.
Last year at Flatstock, my artwork of choice was a Toro & Moi gig poster from Jason Munn. After purchasing that ’80s-style find, I came across the poster above. I was out of money and couldn’t buy it. This year it was back, and so were we! This amazing poster was created for the Columbia College Rock Poster Panel. Sonnenzimmer’s strategy?: “Think Factory Records, stereotype Punk Flyers, and somewhere in between to challenge those notions…” A job well done! We also love the way the artwork channels Memphis-Milano style by mixing primary colors with pastels and using whimsical abstract forms!
The Sonnenzimmer poster above is an 8-color screen print created for Massachusetts band The Books. We admire the use of modern geometry, as well as the window view that can’t help but remind us of surreal ’80s artwork featuring glimpses of cloud-filled skies through panes of glass. We end with another creation featuring bold geometry, candy colors and a contemporary version of Memphis-Milano undertones. This commemorative poster for The Society of Typographic Arts is a 9-color screen print. Although it’s not for sale, we couldn’t help but showcase this masterpiece…
We hope your Monday is as interesting as today’s featured artwork. No pressure! A special thanks to Sonnenzimmer for inspiring today’s post and being such an amazing part of our SXSW experience.