Chicago residents: Come to our North Ave Studio tomorrow night for a must-see event. On Thursday, March 25, 6-9pm, John Solimine will present his work and unveil his silkscreened DWR Chicago poster – a limited edition of 50 – that will be available for purchase at the event.
After cutting his teeth on designing screen-printed posters for bands such as Tokyo Police Club, The Decemberists and Sonic Youth, Solimine went on to work for American Express, the Chicago Tribune and Nike, earning recognition from Communication Arts and Print magazines. We recently sat down with the artist and asked him about his work:
Susie Woodland: What was your inspiration for the DWR Chicago poster?
John Solimine: I wanted to create a collage of furniture designs interlaced with the public art and architecture of Chicago. While browsing your website I found many designs whose silhouettes echoed the silhouettes of Chicago. Noguchi’s Akari lamp brings to mind the Marina Towers. The Eames Plywood Elephant makes me think of the Calder’s Flamingo sculpture in front of the Mies Van Der Rohe designed Federal Plaza.
SW: What inspires you?
JS: I find inspiration everywhere. I really dig House Industries and was excited to see that DWR carries the House Numbers in the Neutra Font. House Industries also has this very cool font inspired by the work of Alexander Girard that I really like.
SW: Do you have a favorite furniture designer?
JS: I’m a huge fan of Charles and Ray Eames. Their mission was to bring good design to the masses at an affordable price. Designing posters really appeals to me because it offers a similar experience. Artists put so much time and energy into their work it seems a shame to only have one lonely painting in existence. With poster design you can offer multiple copies of your art work to the public at an affordable price.
SW: Where did you learn about the printmaking process?
JS: I studied printmaking at the Chicago Printmaker’s Collaborative on Western Ave. We watched the screen printing process in the first class and I rushed home that evening and started building a studio in my apartment.
SW: You’ve designed posters for some of my favorite bands; Tokyo Police Club, Vampire Weekend, Sonic Youth. So, I have to ask, what are you listening to right now?
JS: I’m listening to the newest album by The National. I’m from Cincinnati and met the band members there, though the band formed years later in Brooklyn.
Join us in the DWR North Ave Studio on March 25, 6-9pm, to meet John Solimine and see his silkscreened DWR Chicago poster – a limited edition of 50 – that will be available for purchase at the event.