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Mission:

The mission of Christophermichaelsullivan is to to create witty art projects that people see and enjoy.

Recipe for success:

  1. Never accept or cater to the myth of the artist.
  2. Reinstate the use of the acronym CMS.
  3. Utilize both traditional and non-traditional venues to produce at least two but no more than three project exhibitions a year.
  4. Never take art too seriously.
  5. Continue to view marketing and promotion as an artistic output that warrants the same diligence as the rest of the work.
  6. Don’t question naive assumptions; act on them.
  7. Foster collaboration and build stakeholder groups as a way to develop meaningful relationships and support for the work. This includes project collaborators, hired contactors and the development of an advisory board.
  8. No politics. Any use of economic, labor, and other social signifiers is strictly fodder for design or folly, and is never intended to express our political viewpoint.
  9. Formalist construct. This can be interpreted by both artistic and mathematic formalism in the use of syntax and assumed truths.
  10. Keep it clever, keep it analytical, and keep it absurd.

christophermichaelsullivan studio

Mission:

The mission of Christophermichaelsullivan is to to create witty art projects that people see and enjoy.

Recipe for success:

  1. Never accept or cater to the myth of the artist.
  2. Reinstate the use of the acronym CMS.
  3. Utilize both traditional and non-traditional venues to produce at least two but no more than three project exhibitions a year.
  4. Never take art too seriously.
  5. Continue to view marketing and promotion as an artistic output that warrants the same diligence as the rest of the work.
  6. Don’t question naive assumptions; act on them.
  7. Foster collaboration and build stakeholder groups as a way to develop meaningful relationships and support for the work. This includes project collaborators, hired contactors and the development of an advisory board.
  8. No politics. Any use of economic, labor, and other social signifiers is strictly fodder for design or folly, and is never intended to express our political viewpoint.
  9. Formalist construct. This can be interpreted by both artistic and mathematic formalism in the use of syntax and assumed truths.
  10. Keep it clever, keep it analytical, and keep it absurd.

christophermichaelsullivan studio
 

2005

Chris Sullivan stops painting and founds new conceptual art practice.

2006

Shawn Barrett joins the practice for three months as Sullivan’s first writer.

Advisory board founded to assist with business model.

July: The practice executes its first public work, Luncheon at the Eastland Park Hotel in Portland, Maine.

August: Sullivan and Ian Kerr perform Subaltern at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in Portland, Maine.

2007

Business model is finalized and the practice adopts the term Firm to describe its structure.

May: Audit Shown at ICA in Portland, Maine as part of MFA thesis show.

August: Le diner de Descartes à la fin de son premier jour created.

September: Firm takes on musician and ex-philosopher D. S. Lobley as writer.

2008

January: Firm shows Shot christophermichaelsullivan at Whitney Art Works in Portland, Maine.

September: Insider Trading performed at the Lord Hall Gallery in Orono, Maine as part of the group show Without Borders: Seriously Funny.

September: Firm hires third member Gordon W.S. Lane as its new writer and Lobley becomes the firm’s first producer.

2009

January: Firm performs What is “Debate” in French? on three consecutive Fridays at Whitney Art Works in Portland, Maine.

March: Rocco Tripaldi joins the firm as the Technologies Director.

April: Firm ties as a write-in candidate for Portland’s Best Visual Artist in Pheonix readers’ poll.

November: Demo is released to 50 galleries and 50 radio stations across the country.

2010

April: Firm launches new branding

 


Leadership

Chris Sullivan
Cheif Operating Officer
bio

 

Rocco Tripaldi
Technologies Director
bio

 

Members

Paul W. J. Thompson
Contributing Writer
bio

 

Gordon W.S. Lane
Contributing Writer
bio

 

Advisory Board

Jeff Badger (2008)

Nina Gara Bozicnik (2010)

Brendan Griffiths (2009)

Ken Greenleaf (2008)

Derek Lobley (2010)

John Loerchner (2009)

Fathima Mohiuddin (2009)

Daniel Moore (2009)

Ian Paige (2007)

Randy Regier (2006)

Andy Graham (2006)

Bennett Morris (2006)

Christopher Thompson (2006)

 

Chris Sullivan

Chris Sullivan

Chris Sullivan attended the University of Maine at Presque Isle on the Irving O. Bragg Trustee Tuition Waiver and Collins Art Scholarship. He received his BFA in painting, graduating summa cum laude in 2005, after which he immediately enrolled in Maine College of Art’s MFA program, where he was trained and mentored by his now-rival Iain Kerr of the collective spurse. In 2007 he graduated from the program with distinction. Sullivan was born in Waterbury, Connecticut in 1982. He currently lives in Portland, Maine.

Rocco Tripaldi

Rocco Tripaldi

Rocco is a multi-talented graphic designer who studied graphic communications and web technologies at Franklin Pierce University. Prior to Franklin Pierce, he co-founded and served as Production Manager for The Beacon, Southern Maine Community College’s first student newspaper. Rocco’s work on The Beacon included managing a staff of writers, photographers, and designers. In early 2009, Rocco made an unforgettable presentation to the christophermichaelsullivan team proposing a re-make of their current website. The proposal earned him a partnership with the firm and he is currently at work implementing his vision.

Paul W. J. Thompson

Paul W. J. Thompson

Paul received his Master’s in Environmental Management from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University in 2005 and a Master’s in Arts Administration from Boston University in 2008. Prior to working with CMS he worked as an account manager for Millipore and more recently served as the M. Kelly Fellow at the Samuel Peterson and Orin Oliver Foundation.

Thompson was born in 1979 in St. Augustine, Florida. He currently lives in Milton, VT.

Gordon W.S. Lane

Gordon W.S. Lane

Gordon graduated in 2005 from the University of Toronto, where he studied English and philosophy. Gordon is an accomplished writer and communicator, and has several years of experience working as a reporter at several local newspapers. Prior to working with christophermichaelsullivan, Gordon had an original play produced in Toronto and collaborated with Toronto artist John Loerchner, designing sound for several theater and media art productions, and with Toronto writer Daniel Moore, editing short fiction.

 
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