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& SHELLABARGER |
| Artist Resume | Artwork
| Performances | WX shows:
2010 | 2007
9 x 7.25 inches
b. 1965, Pennsylvania
Stan Shellabarger b. 1968, Illinois
Live and work in Chicago, IL
Married artist collaborators Miller & Shellabarger explore
physicality, duality, time and romantic ideal in their multidisciplinary
work – performance, photography, artists books, sculpture
and cut paper silhouettes – that documents the rhythms
of human relationships, speaking both to common experiences
of intimacy as well as the specifics of queer identities. Their
performances, always enacted together in public, push simple
materials and actions to almost Sisyphean extremes. Their gestures
shift between moments of togetherness and separation, private
and public, protection and pain, and visibility and invisibility.
Their work is both autobiographical and metaphorical, speaking
to common human interaction and queer relationships. Silhouettes
of each other, their iconic beards, and their bodies appear
regularly in their work. In their signature ongoing performance,
“Untitled (Pink Tube)”, a non-theatrical, durational
piece, they simultaneously crochet at opposite ends of a long
tube of pink acrylic yarn, a metaphorically-loaded object that
both unites and separates them. In "Untitled (Grave)",
Miller & Shellabarger dig two holes close together, deep
and large enough for each man to lie in. They then dug a small
tunnel between the holes that enabled them to hold hands while
lying in the graves.
Miller & Shellabarger have had solo shows at the Museum
of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Chicago Cultural Center, INOVA
in Milwaukee, the University Galleries at Illinois State University
and Gallery Diet in Miami and they have performed and/or been
exhibited in group shows across the North America. Miller &
Shellabarger are a 2008 recipient of an Artadia Chicago award
and a 2007 recipient of a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation award.
Their work in is the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago,
the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, the Newark Public Library,
Indiana University Art Museum and the National Gallery of Canada.
Their Their work has been written about in Artforum.com, Art
& Auction, Frieze, Artnet, The Art Newspaper, Flash Art,
Chicago Tribune, and the Chicago Sun-Times. Dutes Miller and
Stan Shellabarger also maintain separate artistic practices.
They are represented by Western Exhibitions in Chicagoand live
and work in Chicago.