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The collaborative trio SuttonBeresCuller make installations that mix media including sculpture, painting, drawing, and video. The three artists, who were in their second residencies at The MacDowell Colony, have been making art together for nearly 14 years and presented some of that art, discussed how their process works, and discussed current projects at MacDowell Downtown at The Monadnock Center for History and Culture as part of First Friday on November 1, 2013.
The Seattle-based artists crossed the country for a residency to explore new artistic directions to be shown in December at Planthouse Gallery in New York. They used part of their time at MacDowell to complete some two- and three-dimensional pieces for that show, before leaving to install the work for a December 11 opening.
“We’re also working on pieces for upcoming shows at Greg Kucera Gallery in Seattle and Monique Meloche in Chicago,” says John Sutton. “This residency will help provide a clearer path of what it is we want to make.”
The three met as sculpture students at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle and immediately saw the logic of collaborating on installations and large objects.
“And three is probably a better number than two,” says Zac Culler. When questions come up as to which way to go artistically, “there are no impasses. In that way it probably makes it easier.”
“We’re seeing more and more collaborations,” says Ben Beres, explaining among artists it’s becoming a somewhat common practice. “There are lots of duos, too: husbands and wives, brothers.” Beres says that he and his creative mates have developed an easy compatibility when it comes to coming together on a project and then going home to separate lives after progress is made. “Having time apart is just as important as having time together,” he says.
In addition to completing work, and a fair amount of experimentation, the trio was hoping to leave The MacDowell Colony with the motivation for future endeavors. After all, they say, it happened the last time they were in town.