Mr. & Mr. I, II, III: The work itself is in keeping with the rest of our experiments with appropriation of vintage photography. In this context, we have paired turn-of-the-century studio portraits of two men into single images. Referencing the complexities of queer identity and the often convoluted morphing of two beings into a single relationship, these "couples" awkwardly hold space in an absurd and monstrous fashion. As if they were suspended trophies, the couples hang together in a strange and whimsical grouping of three.
Does working and living together ever pose problems? Yes, this is personal but your situation is a fantasy for many couples and so there is a natural curiosity about the difficulties as well as the rewards.
Pierre: I take great satisfaction in living and working together. Our lives are intertwined in our day-to-day activities in regards to what we're doing and how it impacts our work. Although not always perfect, what is most important to me is not just simply being together, but relying on one another for love and support both in and out of the studio. Our work is directly related to our lives and relies on an autobiographical component which is, at times, a literal citation of our personal history and, at other times, a point of departure for our investigations and experimentations.
Garth: One man's fantasy...Working together is challenging at times but I'm determined that it takes two people to create one successful artist. The amount of energy that it takes to maintain an active studio and exhibiting career is considerable. By working together, we're able to capitalize by doubling our resources and energies. By referencing our own personal experience and using it as a lens for most of our projects, we're able to use what's in our own backyard and combine it with research in order to make our work. Whether it's surrounding immigration and our own story about being a bi-national gay couple struggling with the US Defense of Marriage Act or reflecting every day queer domesticity, we are never at a loss for ideas, topics or themes. Through good times and bad times, our life together provides an endless wealth of material to draw from.