We are husband and wife making art together in Madison, Wisconsin. The work grows out of our handmade papers and our studio experiments/tribulations with paper fibers. Other materials come in to complement and literally to support the paper such as insulation foam board, wood and heavy wire.
Our working method is discontinuous. We make paper objects and then later put them together with other elements, paper or otherwise. Artworks are created, exhibited or at least documented. Then, they're taken apart and make their way into new work. Damn old work and storage units! If the need arises and the parts are not elsewhere, we'll recreate a piece.
We use paper fiber to make things that we think are interesting or beautiful or satisfying in some way. Complete or fragmentary, our paper objects become part of our "inventory" from which we draw when working on our pieces. We talk and think about the works in terms of materials, composition, color, installation.
The works are abstract. The only meaning is what the pieces resonate as we create them and live with them. What does a piece contribute to the dialog of our lives at the moment? That's what we try to capture in our titles and offer to the viewer as one possible way into the works.
Collaborations 2003 - 2018 (full resumes on our website landessullivan.com)
Phipps Art Center, Hudson WI, Fall 2018
Arnold Grummer Midwest PaperFest, Green Lake WI, Oct 2017
On and About Paper, Wisconsin Visual Artists, UW - Parkside, Kenosha WI, Sept - Oct 2017
Meaningless and Sure, Diane Endres Ballweg Gallery - Madison Public Library, Madison WI, Feb - Mar 2017
Municipal, Madison WI, Dec 2016
The Apartment Project, Madison WI, Summer 2016
Hairtrigger Eternities, Overture Center WI, Summer, 2016
Happy as I can be, Little Monroe Gallery, Madison WI, May - July 2016
More Than Meets The Eye, Willliam Paterson U, Wayne NJ, Fall 2006 to Spring 2007, curators Sandra DeSando, Nancy Einreinhofer, Director (catalog)
With Apparent Ease, co-curators and artists, Victory Hall, Jersey City NJ, Oct 2005
Windows on Columbus, display window on Columbus and Washington Aves, Jersey City NJ, Feb - May 2004
Drawing from the Well, Victory Hall, Jersey City NJ, April - May 2004
Built to Form, co-curators and artists, Victory Hall, Jersey City NJ, Oct - Nov 2003