“We focus on handmade paper for our sculptures and bring in other materials like wood, wire, paint, foam board and fabric. We start by making handmade paper objects. The art comes with putting these into a context.”
Landes Sullivan are Barbara Landes and Paul Sullivan of Madison, WI, a husband and wife artist team who shared a studio for 20+ years before beginning full-time collaboration a few years ago. Landes is currently teaching papermaking and bookmaking continuing education courses at UW-Madison. Sullivan studied at the Art Students League, New York City (1990-4), received his MFA from New York Academy of Art (1996) and studied Industrial Design at Pratt Institute, NYC (2008-2009). Their influences include Robert Rauschenberg, Judy Pfaff, Jessica Stockholder, Richard Tuttle, Cubism, David Smith, Howard Hodgkin, Henri Matisse, and watercolors of John Marin and Arthur Dove.
“Our beginning with paper was a great class in 2000 at the Dieu Donne papermill in NYC. We focus on handmade paper for our sculptures and bring in other materials like wood, wire, paint, foam board and fabric. We start by making handmade paper objects. The art comes with putting these into a context. The objects are kind of like character actors. We photograph what we like, take it apart and search for new ensembles. For shows, we reconstruct or reimagine. Yeah, our collaboration is seamless. We talk about formal and practical stuff. Our miscommunications still lead to better works.”
Recent joint shows include Wisconsin Artists Biennial 2018, Museum of Wisconsin Art, West Bend, WI (2018); Arnold Grummer Midwest PaperFest, Green Lake, WI, (2017, award); On and About Paper, WI Visual Artists, UW-Parkside, Kenosha, WI (2017, award); Meaningless and Sure, Diane Endres Ballweg Gallery, Madison, WI (2017); Municipal, Madison, WI (2016); The Apartment Project, Madison, WI (2016); and Hairtrigger Eternities, Overture Center, Madison (2016).