Free and open

Jennifer Newsom and Tom Carruthers

2017 FSP/Jerome Fellow


32’ x 136’x 89’
Steel, glass mirror concrete enamel paint

Artist Statement

Dream The Combine is the creative practice of Jennifer Newsom and Tom Carruthers. We are artists and architects who create site-specific installations exploring metaphor, imaginary environments, and perceptual uncertainties that cast doubt on our understanding of the world.

We adapt systems that deal with space, meter, time, and other aspects that construct our social reality. We are interested in engaging the rhetorical complexity of these systems, opening them up to multitudes of encounter and interpretation.

We build three-dimensionally expanded images, our pieces taking on the sketched outlines of drawing. They are structurally complex, challenging in terms of timeline, material, and size. But our work also has a wistful intimacy, and is often in public places on the margins of polished landscapes. We are fascinated by infrastructure and social constructs; our work operates both at the scale of the city and in terms of networked relationships between people.

The formal arrangement of Clearing at Franconia Sculpture, derives from a latent network of artworks currently arrayed in the park, yet the work holds its own as a cluster of repeating elements.
We aimed to erase views of the existing artwork through a series of voids delimited by black figures: in this case, pairs of mirrors mounted to 28’-tall repurposed Twin-City lampposts. Mowed paths emphasize these corridors through the prairie landscape in a clear departure from the existing Jeffersonian grid of rectilinear paths.

Jennifer Newsom


Born: Norwich, CT 1979
Resides: Minneapolis, MN

• M.Arch, Yale School of Architecture, 2005
• BA, Yale University, 2001

Tom Carruthers


: Vancouver, BC, Canada 1978
Resides: Minneapolis, MN

M.Arch, Yale School of Architecture, 2005
• BA, Brown University, 2000

Selected Exhibitions

Art and Parenthood, Unit Pitt/Projects, Vancouver, BC, Canada, 2016
Longing, Minneapolis, MN, 2015
Make It Rain, Vancouver, BC, Canada, 201

Selected Awards
Architect-in-Residence, Art OMI, Ghent, NY, 2018
Finalist, 2018 Young Architects Program, MoMA PS1, 2017
Artist-in-Residence, I-Park, East Haddam, CT, 2016

Best Public Artwork, VanCityBuzz, Vancouver, BC, 2014