Limited-edition prints by Design Slinger Studio: Hancock red (2012), $125; Willis blue violet (2012), $125; Marina yellow green (2011), $100.
Art and architecture collide in a series of limited-edition prints by locally based Design Slinger Studio. Printmaker Jim Nedza—who studied architecture before his career as an art director in Hollywood—uses a complex process to render some of his favorite Chicago structures in vibrant color.
Though DSS already has a blog component of the same name, Nedza and business/life partner Mitch Sutton launched the studio brach of the brand this October and now offer limited-edition prints of four famous Chicago sites. “Willis Tower, Marina City, and the Hancock are such iconic buildings,” Nedza says. “I love the power of the buildings, and thought I might be able to convey their strength in a very graphic way.” The fourth print—the only one produced in multiple color palettes—is Oak Park’s Unity Temple. “I had to do something [by] Frank Lloyd Wright, he was my inspiration,” Nedza explains. “[My choices] were very personal.”
Each print ($100-$125) is hand drawn and then transferred to and carved out of a linoleum block. Nedza uses a brayer to apply colored ink to the carving, and transfers it on to paper. “I love the by-hand process,” Nedza says. “Even though the image is reproduced, it is considered an original piece of art because of the hand work. [Sometimes] the ink registers differently, or there’s a shift in the paper. That’s what I love about the process.”
Come fall, DSS will introduce four more Chicago-centric prints, including one of Crown Hall, the Mies van der Rohe-designed School of Architecture at Nedza’s alma mater, and the Illinois Institute of Technology. The fourth piece is exciting since it depicts the iconic Bean and also marks the first time that Nedza will introduce a human figure into his DSS works.