Hillerbrand + Magsamen: Home Improvement
On view March 9 - April 20
Hillerbrand+Magsamen are a collaborative husband and wife visual artist team made up of Stephan Hillerbrand and Mary Magsamen. Based in Houston, Texas their work draws upon the rich Fluxus practice of incorporating humor, performance, video art and everyday objects. Expanding their personal family life into a contemporary art conversation about family dynamics, suburban life and American consumer excess which they call “suburban fluxus”.
Home Improvement presents two collections of work, Mandala and Covering. In Covering, the artists question how they experience the absence of family as they grow older. “In the Covering photographs, we have used white sheets to obscure our faces as well as to tie, hold and connect us as a family.” In reaction to their previous work, Mandala brings a calming sense of order and peace out of the abundance of everyday household items and toys. “In an effort to unify our home and family, we have created a series of large photographs of Mandalas where we have organized the stuff from our home such as Barbies, Legos, books and all those crazy little plastic items into circular patterns.” Mandala utilizes bright, organized color pallets combined with odds and ends found throughout their home.
Hillerbrand+Magsamen have presented their videos in prestigious international film and media festivals including SCOPE Basel, WAND V Stuttgarter Filmwinter, New York Underground Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Boston Underground Film Festival, LA Freewaves New Media Art Festival.
Their photographs have been exhibited with the Hudson River Museum, Center for Photography at Woodstock, Blue Sky Center for Photographic Art Portland, Light Factory Contemporary Museum of Photography and Film, Indianapolis Art Center and Houston Center for Photography. They have been awarded grants from Austin Film Society’s Texas Filmmakers’ Production Fund, Ohio Arts Council, Houston Arts Alliance and a Carol Crow Fellowship from the Houston Center for Photography. They live and work in Houston, Texas with their two children, three dogs and a chicken.