Hillerbrand+Magsamen are a collaborative husband and wife visual artist team made up of Stephan Hillerbrand and Mary Magsamen. Based in Houston, Texas their work draws upon the Fluxus practice of incorporating humor, performance, video art and everyday objects as they expand their personal family life into a contemporary art conversation about family dynamics, suburban life and American consumer excess which they call “suburban fluxus”.
Hillerbrand+Magsamen have presented their videos in international film and media festivals including SCOPE Basel, WAND V Stuttgarter Filmwinter, New York Underground Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Boston Underground Film Festival and LA Freewaves New Media Art Festival. Their photographs have been exhibited with the Hudson River Museum, Center for Photography at Woodstock, Blue Sky Center for Photographic Art Portland, Light Factory Contemporary Museum of Photography and Film, Indianapolis Art Center and Houston Center for Photography. They have been awarded grants from Austin Film Society’s Texas Filmmakers’ Production Fund, Ohio Arts Council, Houston Arts Alliance and a Carol Crow Fellowship from the Houston Center for Photography.
They live and work in Houston, Texas with their two children, three dogs and a chicken. Hillerbrand is an Associate Professor at the University of Houston and Magsamen is the Curator at Aurora Picture Show.