Jen Catron & Paul Outlaw
Location: Brooklyn (US)
Artists Jen Catron and Paul Outlaw as performers and sculptors, are known to create altered and displaced environments as they take on various roles. such as Jen n ‘Outlaws Fish Fry Truck and Crawfish Boil, in which the artists created a hydraulically deployed food service truck. Southern cuisine in the middle of New York. In Coming Soon, the duo acted as pilots of a hot air balloon, flying over New York.
Bright Shiny Object.
Artists Jen Catron and Paul Outlaw transformed ordinary objects. “Bright Shiny Object” bathroom sink and ice cream cup, in spectacularly oversized carvings. Each structure is a self-circulating fountain: water runs from a sink tap, and chocolate sauce drips onto scoops of ice cream stacked in a shiny metallic bowl. The monumental scale of these works suggests a celebration of a way of life to which the consumer culture has become accustomed which includes access to plentiful running water and the ability to indulge in sugary treats. At the same time, the sculptures have a subtly subversive side. With allusions to a more dystopian version of the American dream under the varnish of appearances.
Jen Catron and Paul Outlaw are a Brooklyn-based collaborative team. They are above all manufacturers of objects, which are sometimes integrated into playful performances. They are entertaining while making sharp cultural and political commentaries.