Simone and Max are a collaborative duo whose work investigates the potential of the public screen as a mobilizing force to build empathy, action, and long-term responsibility. From audiovisual installations to objects and software, their practice leverages a hybridity of forms reflective of the degree to which contemporary life is mediated by screens.

They have presented original work in museums, festivals, and galleries throughout the United States and abroad, including the Pérez Art Museum Miami, İstanbul Modern, CICA Museum (South Korea), ARTCOP21 (Berlin), The Luminary (St. Louis), Espacio Gallery (London) and have been featured in Vice’s The Creators Project, Amsterdam University Press, and The Huffington Post.

Simone and Max live and work in Madison, Wisconsin.
simoneenmax @ gmail.com

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Simone Doing b. 1990, Hoofddorp, Netherlands
MFA, University of Wisconsin – Madison, 2020
BS, University of Wisconsin – Madison, 2013
Utrecht University, Netherlands, 2011

 

Max Puchalsky b. 1990, Madison, Wisconsin, USA
MFA, University of Wisconsin – Madison, 2020
BA, University of Wisconsin – Madison, 2013
Utrecht University, Netherlands, 2011

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

Dayroom 1, Abel Contemporary, Paoli, Wisconsin, 2017

Select a World, Arts + Literature Laboratory, Madison, Wisconsin, 2016

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS | INSTALLATIONS

2017

17 Days (vol. 9)University Gallery, Lowell, Massachusetts

FORGE, Madison Brass Works, Madison, Wisconsin

POLITICKED OFF!, Milkweed, Sugar Loaf, New York

Soundings: Protest|Politics|Dissent, Power Plant Gallery, Durham, North Carolina


2016

UniMadEx, The Marquee Theater, Madison, Wisconsin

MUNICIPAL, Madison Municipal Building, Madison, Wisconsin

RJE13 (Juried by Sergio Gomez), Freeport Art Museum, Freeport, Illinois

Democritique, Hairpin Arts Center, Chicago, Illinois

17 Days (vol. 9)Richmond Center for Visual Art, Kalamazoo, Michigan

Miami New Media Festival, Pérez Art Museum Miami, Miami, Florida

17 Days (vol. 9)The Bret Llewellyn Art Gallery, Alfred, New York

You Can't Take It With You, Commonwealth Gallery, Madison, Wisconsin (catalogue)

Empowerpoint (Curated by ARTS.BLACK), The Luminary, St. Louis, Missouri

Experimental Film and Video, CICA Museum, Gimpo, South Korea (catalogue)

Open AiR, Level 6 Gallery, 100state, Madison, Wisconsin

TILL IT’S GONE (Curated by Çelenk Bafra, Paolo Colombo), Istanbul Modern, Istanbul, Turkey
 

2015

Art Speaks Out (Curated by Vanina Saracino), ARTCOP21, Berlin, Germany

Flesh (Curated by Carlos de Lins), Espacio Gallery, London, United Kingdom

Gallery Night, Level 6 Gallery, 100state, Madison, Wisconsin

Interference Festival of Visual Communication Forms, Shakespeare Theatre, Gdańsk, Poland

Depart, Level 6 Gallery, 100state, Madison, Wisconsin

58th Beloit & Vicinity (Juried by Ryan Mandell, Frank Trankina), Wright Museum of Art, Beloit, Wisconsin

What Are You Watching? (Curated by Ronald Lambert), Stairwell Gallery, Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania

Sound Installation for UW Hospital, C5/2 Surgical Waiting Atrium, Madison, Wisconsin

Momentum Technology Video Film Festival, IWA, Rutgers University, New Jersey
 

2014

Once Effigy, The Bubbler, Madison, Wisconsin

Twenty-Three Sisters, Gallery 1308, Madison, Wisconsin

5th Digital Salon, DesignLab, Madison, Wisconsin

Ossuary (Curated by Paula Katz), Herron Gallery, Indianapolis, Indiana

Animals Playing Instruments, The Bubbler, Madison, Wisconsin
 

2013

Ossuary (Curated by Laurie Beth Clark), Ewing Gallery, Knoxville, Tennessee

 

AWARDS | GRANTS | RESIDENCIES

Wisconsin Arts Board, Creative Communities Grant, 2018

University of Wisconsin–Madison, Graduate Fellowship, 2017-18

Madison Arts Commission, BLINK Grant, 2017

Madison Arts Commission, Visual Arts Grant, 2017

Artists-in-Residence, 100arts, Madison, Wisconsin, 2015-16

Overture Center for the Arts, Curatorial Honorarium, 2017

Madison Arts Commission, Visual Arts Grant, 2016

Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission, Visual Arts Grant, 2016

ArtSlant Showcase Winner, Mixed Media, 2016

ArtSlant Showcase Winner, New Media, 2015

Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission, Visual Arts Grant, 2014

Overture Center for the Arts, Curatorial Honorarium, 2014
 

CURATORIAL PROJECTS

Digital Aura, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, Wisconsin, 2017

CSArt Madison, Arts + Literature Laboratory, Madison, Wisconsin, 2017

It Can Happen Here, Arts + Literature Laboratory, Madison, Wisconsin, 2016

OFF THE WALL, Arts + Literature Laboratory, Madison, Wisconsin, 2016

Captured: Narratives of Incarcerated Youth (traveling; photography by Amber Sowards)

Dane Arts Gallery, City-County Building, Madison, Wisconsin, 2017-18

Gallery II, Overture Center for the Arts, Madison, Wisconsin, 2017

Power Plant Gallery, Durham, North Carolina, 2017

          UW South Madison Partnership, Madison, Wisconsin, 2016

          Colucci Gallery, Madison, Wisconsin, 2016

          LGBT Campus Center, Madison, Wisconsin, 2016

          Sun Prairie Public Library, Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, 2016

          Arts + Literature Laboratory, Madison, Wisconsin, 2015-16

Beyond Function, Arts + Literature Laboratory, Madison, Wisconsin, 2016

Intimate Systems, Level 6 Gallery, 100state, Madison, Wisconsin, 2016

Justified Art!, Gallery I, Overture Center for the Arts, Madison, Wisconsin, 2014-15
 

LECTURES | WORKSHOPS

Curator Talk, Digital Aura, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, Wisconsin, May 20, 2017

Lecture and Graduate Critique, Visiting Artist Colloquium, University of Wisconsin–Madison, February 8, 2017

Artists-in-Residence Panel Discussion, Level 6 Gallery, 100state, Madison, Wisconsin, March 16, 2016

Artist Talk, Arts + Literature Laboratory, Madison, Wisconsin, February 19, 2016

Lecture/Presentation, Art 448 Lab 009: Art + Social Justice, University of Wisconsin-Madison, February 17, 2016

Curator Talk, Justified Art!, Overture Center for the Arts, Madison, Wisconsin, April 27, 2015
 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Lead Curators, Arts + Literature Laboratory, Madison, Wisconsin, 2016-present

Project Managers, Captured: Narratives of Dane County’s Incarcerated Youth, 2015-present

Co-Founders, Midwest Story Lab, Multimedia Studio, 2015-present

Installation Assistants, Do Ho Suh, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, 2017

Artist Assistants, Eric and Heather ChanSchatz, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, 2015

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY | PRESS
Brett Schlough, "Podcast: The world of 'Digital Aura', Part I," Tone Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, July 6, 2017.
Sheikh Jammeh, "New Overture exhibits put faces on the issue of mass incarceration," The Capital Times, Madison, Wisconsin, June 17, 2017.
Robyn Norton, "On View | Digital Aura," Wisconsin State Journal, Madison, Wisconsin, May 28, 2017.
Jonathan Zarov, Digital Aura interview, WORT 89.9FM, 8 O'Clock Buzz, Madison, WI, May 19, 2017.
Jonathan Zarov, CSArt Madison interview, WORT 89.9FM, 8 O'Clock Buzz, Madison, WI, May 12, 2017.
Gayle Worland, "CSArt Madison hopes to connect artists and collectors," Wisconsin State Journal, Madison, Wisconsin, May 14, 2017.
Robyn Norton, "On View | Artisan Gallery," Wisconsin State Journal, Madison, Wisconsin, March 26, 2017.
John McLaughlin, "Art in the cooler: An installation about juvenile detention is designed to provoke," Isthmus, Madison, Wisconsin, March 2, 2017.
Jay Rath, "Seeding the arts: CSArt Madison to yield bumper crop,” Wisconsin Gazette, Vol. 8, No. 5, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, January 12, 2017. 24.
Holly Henschen, “Art for the people,” Isthmus, Vol. 42, No. 1, Madison, Wisconsin, January 5, 2017. 21, 26.
Sarah Witman, "Standout art moments in Madison from 2016," Tone Madison, Madison, WI, December 21, 2016.
Lindsay Christians, "Art by the share: New 'CSArt' plants the seeds for more original art in Madison," The Capital Times, Madison, WI, December 21, 2016.
Erica Hess, You Can't Take It With You, Commonwealth Gallery, exhibition catalogue, October 1 - October 8, 2016, Madison, WI. 2-3, 28-29.
Antwaun Sargent, "A New Exhibition Explores The Social Critique of Funny Art," Vice | The Creators Project, September 29, 2016.
James Kreul, "Review: OFF THE WALL," Madison Film Forum, Madison, WI, August 13, 2016.
Lee Moran, "If This Art Could Vote," The Huffington Post, July 29, 2016.
Toni Sikes, “Healing Art II,” CODAmagazine, No. 27, Madison, WI, June 17, 2016.
Jenie Gao, “Who controls the content?,” Madison365, Madison, WI, February 9, 2016.
Jordan Gaines, “Poetry reading Friday captures the voices of incarcerated youth,” The Capital Times, Madison, WI, January 8, 2016.
David Dahmer, “Captured: New photography exhibition puts a face to local racial disparities and incarceration,” Madison365, Madison, WI, December 11, 2015.
Freida High Wasikhongo Tesfagiorgis, “Justified Art!: Visualizing Activism for Social Justice,” Overture Center for the Arts, exhibition catalogue, March 10 - May 31, 2015, Madison, WI. 2, 33.
Scott Gordon, “Mutope Johnson, Jerry Jordan and Amber Sowards on Justified Art!,” Tone Madison, Madison, WI, April 30, 2015.
Michael Muckian, “Justified Art! strikes an all-too-relevant chord,” Wisconsin Gazette, Vol. 6, No. 9, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, March 26, 2015. 41.
Lindsay Christians, “In Justified Art!, painters, photographers and sculptors explore facets of race,” The Capital Times, Madison, WI, March 18, 2015. 36.
Scott Girard, “Justified art exhibit hopes to continue race discussions: Q&A with Simone Doing and Max Puchalsky,” Your Family Magazine, Madison, WI, Spring 2015. 24-25.
Katie Vaughn, “‘Justified Art!’ continues dialogue about racial disparities,” Madison Magazine Artscape Blog. March 5, 2015.
Madison Magazine, exhibition announcement with photographs, Madison, WI, March, 2015. 15.
Laurel White, “‘Justified Art!’ seeks discussion on racial inequality in Dane County,” The Capital Times, Madison, WI, December 31, 2014. 30.
Brian Standing, Interview, “Sisterhood Portrayed in Art,” WORT 89.9FM, Madison, WI, August 18, 2014.
Katie Garth, Twenty-Three Sisters: A Group Exhibition, Gallery 1308, exhibition catalogue, August 8 - September 30, 2014, Madison, WI. 8-9.