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John Sutton, Ben Beres, and Zac Culler form the Seattle-based art collective SuttonBeresCuller. They have been working collaboratively since 2000 and have developed a wide-ranging practice that includes installation, performance, and public projects. Their works engage viewers through mental or physical interactions, or by rejecting the confines of gallery and museum walls in the form of mobile sculpture, street actions, and temporary site-specific installations.

Their list of exhibitions and performances is extensive, including venues in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Canada, Novi Sad, Serbia, and Shenzhen, China. In the Seattle area, these include the Frye Art Museum, the Henry Art Gallery, Kirkland Art Center, Whatcom Museum, Museum of Northwest Art, and Tacoma Art Museum.

They have received awards and grants from the Jentel Foundation, Art Matters, The MacDowell Colony, 4Culture, and Creative Capital Foundation, among others. These specifically include the Kayla Skinner Special Recognition Award (Seattle Art Museum), Arts Innovator Special Recognition Award (Artist Trust), and the Tony Angell Sculpture Award (Museum of Northwest Art).

Ties That Bind, 2011

Polypropylene straps, metal rachets

SuttonBeresCuller created a temporary sculptural installation that transformed the exterior of two houses for the Mad Homes Project. They bound together the houses using 12,000 feet of custom-made red polypropylene ratchet straps. The straps are held in place by their own inherent tension, wrapping around  and though all aspects of the houses.

Ties That Bind speaks to the ideas of home, neighbors and community. The straps will exact force on the homes creating physical and implied tension between the two.  We are reminded that there is much more that ties us together than proximity. It is cohesion and unity at the same time it is tight and restrictive. The project is a physical manifestation of this dualism.


360 view Mad Homes

360 view Mad Homes exterior Ties That Bind

360 view Ties That Bind, Sutton Beres Culler

360 view Ties That Bind, Sutton Beres Culler

360 view interior Ties That Bind Sutton Beres Culler

Panoramic Photos by © Bradford Bohonus

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