Dutes Miller and Stan Shellabarger
Husband and husband artist team Dutes Miller & Stan Shellabarger’s performances and artist books document the bittersweet rhythms of human relationships. Their work shifts between moments of togetherness and moments of separation, between spaces of private and public, protection and pain and visibility and invisibility.
During their residency at Spudnik Press, they created a series of blind embossments that address creation through the mythology, magic, and DNA.
Dutes Miller and Stan Shellabarger’s first collaborative show occurred at Western Exhibitions in the Spring of 2007 and was reviewed in TimeOut Chicago and the Chicago Sun-Times. The Chicago-based couple has been creating collaborative works since they starting dating years ago, this work creates a distinct body of work separate from their individual studio practices.
Miller’s personal work is often paintings or collages with themes of hardcore gay, hyper masculine, body-centric images, rather than focusing on partnerships and domestic.
In his solo career, Shellabarger is best known for his performance work, which reflects on the universal actions of man, such as breathing and movement repeated to test the limits of his endurance.
Prints Created During Their Residency at Spudnik Press, April 2009