Mare Liberum: Dylan Gauthier + Kendra Sullivan

Social Sculptures, Public Waterways: A Participatory Experience of Place

Dylan Gauthier is a Brooklyn-based artist who works through a research-based and collaborative practice centered on experiences of ecology, architecture, landscape, and social change. Gauthier is a founder of the boat-building and publishing collective Mare Liberum ( and of the Sunview Luncheonette (, a co-op for art, politics, and communalism in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. His individual and collective projects have been exhibited at the Centre Pompidou, Musée national d'art moderne (Paris), Parrish Art Museum, CCVA at Harvard University (Cambridge), the 2016 Biennial de Paris (Beirut), the Center for Architecture (New York), The International Studio and Curatorial Program (NY), EFA Project Space, and other venues in the US and abroad. His writings about art and public space have been published by Contemporary Art Stavanger, Parrish Art Museum, Urban Omnibus, Art in Odd Places, and Routledge/Public Art Dialogue, among others. In 2015 he was the NEA-supported Ecological Artist-in-Residence at the International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP); in 2016 he was a Socrates Sculpture Park Emerging Artist Fellow (NY), and this year he is the inaugural Artist-in-Residence at the Brandywine River Conservancy and Museum of Art, where his solo project highwatermarks is on view from October 2017 to January 2018. He co-curated (with Kendra Sullivan) the exhibition Resistance After Nature at Haverford College in spring of 2017. Gauthier received his MFA in Integrated Media Arts from Hunter College, CUNY (‘12), and teaches courses on emerging media and expanded cinema in the Department of Film and Media Studies at Hunter College, and ecological design in the School of Design Studies at Parsons/The New School.

Kendra Sullivan is an artist, writer, boatmaker, and curator whose work centers the study of the ocean. She is the associate director of the Center for the Humanities at the CUNY Graduate Center, where she runs the Andrew W. Mellon Seminar on Public Engagement and Collaborative Research and publishes Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative. She has a MA in Sustainability and Environmental Education and is currently pursuing her PhD in English, at the GC, with a focus on coastal economies and ecologies. Her writing has appeared in BOMB, F.R. DAVID, and C magazine. Her artwork has been exhibited at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, NY; The Bureau for Open Culture at MASS MoCA; and The Carpenter Center for Visual Arts at Harvard University. Her curatorial projects include: SeaWorthy, Accompaniment, and Resistance After Nature. With Dylan Gauthier, she is a current artist in residence at the National Park Service and the Cape Cod Modern House Trust, in Wellfleet, MA. She is the grateful recipient of grants and residencies from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in Fine Arts, the Banff Centre, and the Montello Foundation. She is a member of the eco-art collective Mare Liberum and a co-founder of the Sunview Luncheonette, a community space for art and politics run out of a stopped-in-time diner in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.



  • Dylan Gauthier and Kendra Sullivan gave a talk on their work with the boatbuilding and publishing collective Mare Libeurm ( Founded in 2007, Mare Liberum is a waterborne art and publishing collective that takes as its mission the bridging of dialogues in art, design, activism, and science to remap landscapes, reclaim local ecologies, and observe and record the overlaps of nature, industry, and the polis. Threading with Mare Liberum’s work, the pair's collaborative practice has engaged with urban waterways as overlooked and often neglected spaces and forms of post-natural urban wilderness from which new eco-social pedagogies, infrastructures, literatures, and subjectivities are developed. Their work asks: how might we collectively reimagine public waterways as foundation sites in which to (re)learn an ecology for contemporary crisis and resilience?
  • Social Sculptures, Public Waterways: A Participatory Experience of Place