A feature and interview with Hillerbrand + Magsamen:
Deconstruction is a common theme in the arts. Whether a concept or an object, many artists incorporate the idea of dismantling into their practice. For the duo of Stephan Hillerbrand and Mary Magsamen (known collectively as Hillerbrand + Magsamen), deconstruction is both literal and metaphorical. The artists draw on the theories and techniques of the Fluxus movement, absorbing it so wholly that there is little separation between their practice and their home life. Seemingly nothing is off limits for the couple, who often incorporate their personal belongings and home, and even their children, into the works they produce.
Hillerbrand + Magsamen remain true to Fluxus’ exploration of what art can be by bringing it into the suburbs. The artists refer to their practice as a sort of “suburban fluxus,” a form of the movement that not only deconstructs but also fully recontextualizes American family culture, as well as the role of the camera in contemporary art. By incorporating their whole selves, they take the mundane, the banal, the everyday and transform it into spectacle.