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“Suburban Fluxus” is a contemporary art movement created by the visual art team of Hillerbrand+Magsamen in their contemporary art practice. The use of term to describe the movement was first coined in 2011 to describe their single channel video art work titled “DIY Love Seat”[1] which was created during an Artist-in-Resident program[2][3] at the Lawndale Art Center in Houston, Texas.

The term “Suburban Fluxus” references the historic art movement of Fluxus in the 1960s that incorporated humor, performance, video and everyday objects. Artists in the original movement included Nam June Paik, Yoko Ono and Ben Patterson.

Hillerbrand+Magsamen expanded on this original definition of Fluxus to create their own way to describe their expanding art practice that used their own personal family life[4] to open a conversation about family dynamics, suburban life and American consumer excess.

This new kind of “suburban fluxus” generates work that documents and re-contextualizes their objects and possessions of self, family and culture, the role of the camera in contemporary art and challenging presumptions of the everyday.[5] This might include toys, gardening supplies, a couch, stuffed animals, their car and pets among other things that are incorporated into videos, performances, sculptures and installations.[6]

Hillerbrand+Magsamen have continued to use this term in describing more recent works such as Elevated Landscape (2011), Whole (2012), Longing and Belonging (2012).

References

  1. http://www.hillerbrandmagsamen.com/works/loveseat.html
  2. http://lawndaleartcenter.org/exhibitions/2011/april-shows.shtml
  3. http://www.houstonpublicradio.org/print-articles/1306534894-Lawndale-Art-Center---Hillerbrand+Magsamen.html
  4. http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/29/rethinking-the-family-portrait/
  5. http://glasstire.com/2012/01/24/estate-sale/
  6. http://www.deseretnews.com/article/765600192/Rethinking-the-Family-Portrait.html
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