Assistant professor in Art Foundation and the Department of Sculpture + Extended Media, Matt King and Associate Professor and Choreographer in the Department of Dance, Scott Putman defy the stereotypes of traditional mediums with their ongoing collaboration, an untitled hybrid of sculptural and performance art.
Matt King’s interest in combining sculpture and performance originated from his interest in documenting viewer interactions with his work. With little to no experience with performance, a typically collaborative art form, King sought out Putman, for his experience in performance work dealing with environment and architectural interaction, like constructing sets. As recipients of the Dean’s Exploratory Research Grant they were able to develop their idea. They were also able to fund the documentation and other aspects of their project with the help of the Dean’s Faculty Research Grant.
The construction of the piece, embodied by many found objects, began August 2012. The piece is currently located in a spacious room at 5 E. 2nd St. With this large new space, there is room for Putman’s choreography, though the performance must be somewhat contained around King’s structure. As they document the performances and interactions, the pair will work to edit the way this piece functions over time.
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