Dream the Combine

Minneapolis, MN

Dream The Combine is the creative practice of Jennifer Newsom and Tom Carruthers, artists and architects based in Minneapolis, MN. Partners in work and life, they create site-specific installations exploring metaphors, imaginary environments, and perceptual uncertainties that cast doubt on our known understanding of the world. Their work is deeply collaborative and their studio name speaks to this process. Partnering with engineer Clayton Binkley and a trusted group of fabricators, Newsom and Carruthers investigate the conceptual overlaps in art, architecture, and cultural theory through structures that disrupt assumed dichotomies and manipulate the boundary between real and illusory space. They are intrigued by forgotten places, sites of transportation, and unpredictable audiences, consistently seeking out marginal spaces.

Dream The Combine has been featured in numerous media outlets, including Metropolis Magazine, Architectural Record, Architect Magazine, The New York Times, The Vancouver Sun, The Architects Newspaper, and Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African-American Experience. Their installation, Hide & Seek, was the 2018 winner of the MoMA PS1’s annual Young Architects Program.



September 24 - December 7, 2019

Inspired by the juxtaposition of public and private spaces, Lure explored the interplay of light, people, and the architectural environment of MadArt Studio. By bringing the installation directly up to the open front sliding doors, this exhibition encouraged visitors to seamlessly move from the exterior street to the interior building,...

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