Formal Additive Programs

  • Artist book
  • 9.75 x 7 in
  • $35.00
  • Sonnenzimmer

Subject: Abstraction, Art Practice, Abstraction Exercise
Object: Artist book
Medium: 2-color offset, 2-color screen printed dustjacket
Pages: 28
Edition: 250
Publisher, author, artists, designers: Sonnenzimmer, Nick Butcher & Nadine Nakanishi
Contributor: Dakota Brown
Dustjacket printing: Sonnenzimmer (Chicago)
Interior printing: Mission Press (Chicago)
Collections: School of The Art Institute of Chicago, John M Flaxman Library, Chicago
Available: 3 (04/21/17)

The book is an attempt to provide insight into a daily art practice and process, while focusing on the commonalities of figurative and abstract images. "Formal Additive Programs" offers 18 simple instructions to help the reader expand upon a singular idea.

Can a set of instructions be so beautifully imbricated as to occlude their own identity as instructions? Can
rules for drawing be expressed in a language that eschews the visual, a language more attuned to the
patterns of acoustic space and kinesthetics? Nadine Nakanishi’s "Formal Additive Programs" answers these
questions with an enthusiastic, quiet, unpretentious ‘yes’. The title indicates that these are programs for constructing patterns. With these programs, Nakanishi demonstrates how suggestions, rules, axioms, can allow
emergent creative processes to thrive. The familiar paradox is that creativity can perhaps best be conceptualized in terms of limits. The particular can find its horizon in the infinite, as long as contingency is allowed to breathe life into the project. Formal Additive Programs builds bit-by-bit, but this is something very different from deductively-arranged building blocks. These aren’t building blocks at all. To keep things aural: these are more like building tones.— Dave Park, Associate Professor of Communication, Lake Forest College

  • Subject Matter: Abstraction, Art Practice
  • Created: 2009
  • Collections: Publications
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