JEFF KUROSAKI + TARA PELLETIER

     

 

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 Real Art Ways, CT, BRIC Arts Media, NY, 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.


Contact us at info@friendlyfalcons.com

 



Curriculm Vitae

This is a collaborative resume with individual accomplishments denoted with initials.

Education
2007
Master of Fine Arts, Sculpture, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI
2004
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Ceramics, Bachelor of Arts, French, Univ. of Hawaii, Manoa, HI (jk)
2004
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Fiber, Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, MD (tp)

EXHIBITIONS / PERFORMANCES
2015
Nature Loves Courage, University of Western Michigan, Kalamazoo, MI

2014
You Are My Rock, performance, The Poetry Project, New York, NY
Alternative Art Fair with Present Company, Baltimore, MD
Seeing the Sky, Wassaic Project, Wassaic NY
Art Into Music, BRIC Arts Media, Brooklyn, NY
Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT

2013
Practice! (curated by Present Company & Maria Chavez), Public Assembly, Brooklyn, NY
R/D Gallery, performance, Honolulu, HI
Moon Moves (So Slowly), Solo exhibition, Space Gallery, Portland, ME
Through This to That, performance, Present Company, Brooklyn, NY
Tropiclipse, Solo exhibition, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA

2012
First Light Last Light, For-Site Foundation, Nevada City, CA
Dumbo Arts Festival, Brooklyn, NY
Model, Art in Odd Places, New York, NY
New Fiction (curated by Brookes Britcher/Adaptation), New Wilmington Art Association, DE
"First Light Last Light", Intercambio, New Haven, CT
Bätterkinden Art Awards, a project by Dan Levenson, Triangle Artists Project Space, Brooklyn, NY
"First Light Last Light", Studio A.I.R., Brooklyn, NY
Moving Picture, PS122 Gallery, New York, NY
ME, WE, Abrons Arts Center with Dia Art Foundation, New York
Pacific Non Standard Time, FAR at Autonomie, Los Angeles, CA

2011
"Song to Plants" solo show, Sunroom Project Space, Wave Hill, Bronx, NY
"Oh, river" video screening with performance, Ecology Building, Wave Hill, Bronx, NY
Rethinking Memorial: Interactive Sites for Remembering 9/11, Brooklyn Arts Council, Brooklyn, NY
Faraway Neighbor (curated by Las Hermanas Iglesias), Flux Factory, Long Island City, NY
"Oh, river", The Observatory, Brooklyn, NY
Site Fest '11, Bushwick Starr, Brooklyn, NY

2010
The Cactus Duet Performance Tour:
-Overgaden, Copenhagen, Denmark
-Fold Gallery, London, England
-Concert au 5, Nice, France
-Crossing Border Festival, The Hague, The Netherlands
-Project Space 1646, The Hague, The Netherlands
-Delicatessan Zeeburg, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
-TIK Theatre im Kino (Nord), Berlin, Germany
-FIT, freie internationale tankstelle , Berlin, Germany
-MMX, Berlin, Germany
-Kunsthallen Brandts, Odense, Denmark
Floating World, LMCC Art Center, Building 110, Governor's Island, NY
I Know What You Did Last Summer, St Cecilia's Convent, Brooklyn, NY
Youth Art Month, Artjail, New York, NY
Site Fest '10, 3rd Ward, Brooklyn, NY

2009
Social Structures, RPS Collective, Oakland, CA
Highlights, Artjail, New York, NY

2008
Emergence, Creative Pioneers in Uncharted Territory, Governor's Island, New York, NY
Ides of March, ABC No Rio, New York, NY

2007
Degree Show, Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI

2006
Blog Theatre, St. Dunstan's Theatre, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Xchange, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
Your Face is as Sweet as a ... Sugary Donut, Berkley Front, Berkley, MI

RESIDENCIES/ GRANTS/ HONORS
2013
LMCC Workspace
Wassaic Residency, NY
2012
Sculpture Space residency, Utica, NY
Short Term Studio Residency, Painting Space 122, New York, NY
2011
Smack Mellon, "Hot Picks", Brooklyn, NY
Winter Workspace Program, Wave Hill Public Garden and Cultural Center, Bronx, NY
2010
Visiting Artist, Funen Academy of Fine Arts, Odense, Denmark
Artist-in-Residence, Governor's Island, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York, NY
2009
Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME (tp)
2007
Toby Devon Lewis Grant

TEACHING/ LECTURES
2013
Visting artists and lecturers, Parsons, New York, NY
2012
Visiting artists and lecturers, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA
Workshop, Abrons Arts Center with Dia Foundation, New York, NY
2011
Family Art Project, Wave Hill Public Garden and Cultural Center, Bronx, NY
2010
Workshop, Funen Academy of Fine Arts, Odense, Denmark
Workshop, Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY
2009
Visiting artist and lecturer, University of Hartford, CT (tp)
2007
Visiting artist and lecturer, University of Hawaii, Honolulu (jk)

PRESS/ MEDIA/ PRINTED MATTER
"Here, Now vs There, Then", Catalogue, For-Site Foundation, 2013
Portland Press Herald, Art Review, Portland's Arts Scene Has Special 'Space', March 2013
Honolulu Weekly, Art Birds, March 2013
Brooklyn Independent Television, Caught in the Act, Art in Brooklyn, September 2012
attackebisu.com, Friendly Falcons, First Light Last Light, September 2012
Time Out NY, Bushwick Open Studios 2012, June 2012
Arts in Bushwick, Into the Wave, June 2012
hyperallergic.com, Wandering Through Bushwick Open Studios, June 2011
Brooklyn Based, Walking Tribute, September 2011
whitewallmag.com, Floating World, September 2010
New York Times, Exotic Isle for Artists, Right in the City, June 2010
Hello Craft, Interview, March 2011
Emergence, exhibition catalog, July 2008
Ides of March, exhibition catalog, April 2008