Ithaca, NY — A place to remap the distance between art and architecture is Dream the Combine, a creative practice based in Ithaca by Professors Jennifer Newsom and Tom Cursers of Cornell University.
“Usually there are disciplinary boundaries that depend on how someone else was raised to think about what you are doing,” Carruthers said. “That is, some people are doing art, while others are doing architecture.”
The projects that Dream the Combine pursues are broadly defined as installation art and architecture. These are site-specific works, usually aimed at changing the way people perceive space, like installations. LiquidationIt consists of a carefully angled mirror mounted on a metal pole in the field. The conflicting views of the field appear to float on each other. Reflections overlay other reflections to create a collage from the life of the plant and the horizon of clearing.
The Newsom and Carruthers projects are not only work but also life partners and have been steadily gaining awards and attention in recent years and have been highly acclaimed. Dream The Combine is one of the 63 winners of the 2022 USA Fellowship from US artists. A Chicago-based arts funding organization has donated cool, unstringed $ 50,000 to Newsom and Carrazers to support work that they recognize as creatively destructive and socially important. increase.
“It’s kind of behind the scenes, quiet, almost quiet, a verification of our work, a kind of encouragement to continue, because it feels so good,” Newsom said.
Fellowships are awarded through a somewhat secret process. Dream the Combine was anonymously nominated for an American artist and then invited to apply for a US Fellowship. They submitted the application over a year ago. It feels like both Newsom and Carrazers have been blown away by the actual selection.
“We think we’ve landed this. We don’t even know exactly how to respond,” says Carruthers. “It’s so surprising that I can’t even take it for granted.”
When they speak, Newsom and Carrazers feel deeply in tune with each other’s peculiarities and patterns of thought by freely cameoing each other’s solitude and enriching each other’s thoughts. It’s easy to believe them when they explain how to design their installation.
“Literally, sometimes we both have pencils on tracing paper,” Newsom said. “Or, one has a pencil, the other has an eraser, and then switches. It’s a very interwoven process.” Following her last words, Carruthers said, “We Don’t be different or the same. ”
“That’s a very mysterious answer,” Newsom said with a laugh through her words.
Newsom and Carruthers said there is a specific thematic refrain that holds up from project to project. Ideas and messages they are trying to embed in their work. However, they appreciate the individual subjective experience of the installation.
“The kind of raw materials we deal with is a direct experience. We are interested in some sort of chance encounter, a perspective that everyone can bring to our work,” Newsom said. “We don’t need to know if our motive was to find something.”
For an installation at Mill Race Park in Columbus, Indiana, Dream The Combine built 58 silver-white poles along a grassy slope.The title of the project is Colombus Colombia Colombo Colon..
As a historical figure, Columbus is partly seen as a precursor to centuries of European land seizures, genocide, and enslavement of Native Americans. For Newsom and Carrazers, the desired effect of this work was to lure visitors into the colonial heritage.
Newsam states that each pole is a story, quote, or historical fact related to a particular place that Paul represents, “it’s like overwriting that kind of master narrative in Columbus.” increase.
But whatever the project might have impressed the visitor, Carruthers pointed to his head, “Ultimately, I think the project lives here for everyone.” ..
Another of their installations, hide and seekWas set up in the courtyard of MoMAPS 1, an institution specializing in contemporary art in New York City, which is affiliated with the Museum of Modern Art. Dream The Combine transformed the MoMA PS1 courtyard with various stages, a large net for people to lie down, and movable mirrors placed throughout the space. Outside of them.
Newsom met a 4-year-old boy and his mother in an installation. He seemed to “experience pure and pure joy” by moving mirrors, jumping over platforms, and jumping off. She remembered the boy asking her, “Why did you make this?”
She said to him, “I made this for you.”
“I can experience something there, no matter where I am or not, even if I don’t have a degree in architecture. I found it very meaningful,” Newsam said.
Dream the Combine has no idea what they are trying to do with the money they receive. They want to try and open up the practice of designing and building installation art for people, especially color artists. They considered starting a non-profit organization to work towards that goal.
Given their general outlook on the way they work, this feels appropriate.
Carruthers said: “If we can raise certain control limits, we can actually propose the concept of an inevitably unfinished, large-capacity work. Sufficient-“
“That’s my word,” Newsom said with a laugh.
“That’s your word,” Carruthers agreed and continued. Enough to invite others to the journey with you. “
“Yes, I think it’s one of the great capabilities of architecture,” continued Newsom. “This welcoming ability. You can feel something and share it with others in one place.”