Suite42, a collaborative co-founded by Fine Arts alumna Danielle Julian-Norton (CCAD 1999), is having an open studio exhibition in Dresden, Germany of current work completed while in residence there.
A reception is 4-6 p.m. Sunday, July 24 in the Geh8 studio of Julian-Norton, an assistant professor of Fine Arts and Graduate Studies, and Studio42 collaborator Tarrah Krajnak. A brief artists' talk starts at 5 p.m in the Dresden facility.
Their performance-based projects explore the struggle of the artist within a contemporary context and the process of collaboration itself. Invented characters are mined from the history of conceptual performance art and popular film then displaced within absurd narratives, which reference the artist at work, the psychology of relationships, and the tension of meaning and meaninglessness as a central dilemma.
The duo's work recently was reviewed by Nadja Sayej, the host and producer of ArtStars*, a web-TV show about the art world and a New York Times writer.
Savej describes Studio42's stop-motion video "The Stairs That Do Not Care” (2011) as "showing the artists falling down a flight eerie, spiraling black iron stairs donning white pantyhose, cotton dresses, falling down backwards from the tip of the Technical Museum in the heart of cloudy Dresden, a small German town just two hours south of Berlin. They could very well be stunt actors – and they’ve got the bruises to prove it, not to mention their feet powdered with dirt and dust."
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