Jeff Kurosaki and Tara Pelletier are a collaborative duo based in Brooklyn, New York. We build multi-layered narrative projects using sculpture, video, music and performance. Our work explores the tension between the fundamental rhythms of life and the ordered systems that humans design to make sense of these rhythms.
We met in graduate school at Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and have been working together since 2006. We have recently exhibited and performed at Vox Populi, PA; Space Gallery, ME, Wave Hill Gardens, NY; Abrons Arts Center, NY; Flux Factory, NY; Dumbo Arts Festival, NY; a 2010 European and Scandic performance tour; among others. We have held residencies through the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council; Painting Space 122; and Sculpture Space.
What are you doing at the moment professionally?
I'm currently participating in the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace program with my collaborator Tara Pelletier. Concurrently, we are also preparing for the opening of our show, Urban Heat Island, at Real Art Ways in Hartford, Connecticut and a group show, Art into Music, at BRIC House in Brooklyn, New York. I am also a co-owner/creator of a small business called Meow Meow Tweet; a small-batch, natural, vegan apothecary offering soaps, personal care and soy candles made by hand and from whole ingredients.
How has majoring in Art/Art History helped you the most?
In the studio and the business, I am constantly negotiating how best to represent an experience. My art degree enables me with the technical skills and strategies to explore processes for communicating these ephemeral ideas though object based and/or conceptual projects.
If applicable, what internships or extra-curricular activities have you pursued while in college have been the most valuable to you personally and professionally? Why?
Toward the end of my undergraduate experience, I started working as an artist assistant. It was an amazing opportunity which influenced my perspective on becoming a professional artist in a positive and "unidealized" way. It reinforced the importance of having a good work ethic while remaining true to one's vision.
Are there any “optional” elements of the undergraduate experience that you recommend students explore?
I recommend that students take advantage of all the resources the department has to offer. Some of the best dialogue and challenges I encountered came from professors and peers outside of my area of specialization, which was in sculpture.
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