DREAM THE COMBINE is the creative practice of artists and architects Jennifer Newsom and Tom Carruthers, based in Minneapolis, MN.
Partners in work and life, we create site-specific installations exploring metaphor, imaginary environments, and perceptual uncertainties that cast doubt on our known understanding of the world.
Our work is deeply collaborative, and our studio name speaks to this process. Working with engineer Clayton Binkley and a trusted group of fabricators, we investigate the conceptual overlaps in art, architecture, and cultural theory through structures that disrupt assumed dichotomies and manipulate the boundary between real and illusory space. We are intrigued by forgotten places, sites of transportation, and unpredictable audiences. We consistently seek out spaces on the margins in our work.
We have been featured in The New York Times, Huffington Post, Vancouver Sun, FoxNews, CTV, Metropolis Magazine, Modern Midwest, The Architects Newspaper, and Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African-American Experience.
Jennifer NewsoM, AIA, LEED AP, NOMA, NCARB
Jennifer received her Bachelor of Arts from Yale College and her Master of Architecture from Yale University, where she also received the Fermin Ennis Memorial Fellowship and the Anne C.K. Garland award for academic achievement. While at Yale, she organized the two-day symposium Black Boxes: Enigmas of Space and Race held at Yale School of Architecture.
Recently appointed an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota School of Architecture, she teaches undergraduate and graduate architectural design studios. She is also an instructor at Juxtaposition Arts, a youth empowerment and apprenticeship program in North Minneapolis.
Jennifer's research probes the space between real bodies made of flesh, steel, concrete, glass, etc, and the recognition of these bodies through images. Using race as a provocative impetus for her work, she is concerned with surface perceptions and the structures that support those readings. She has worked with firms as diverse as Adjaye Associates, Deborah Berke Partners, Robert A.M. Stern Architects, and Cooper Robertson.
Her writing has been featured in Metropolis Magazine and Africana: The Encyclopedia of African and African-American Experience.
Tom Carruthers, AIA
Tom received his Bachelor of Arts in drawing and sculpture from Brown University and his Master of Architecture from Yale University. While at Brown, he received the Gilbert Stuart award for best work in the annual juried show.
Tom's early work consists of site-specific sculptures that explore landscape as metaphor and image as space. For four years, he was lead assistant for artist Ursula von Rydingsvard, helping with the construction of over 20 works, including Ogrommna at the North Carolina Museum of Art and Katul Katul, a 1% for the Arts permanent installation at the Queens Family Courthouse, NY. As a licensed architect, he worked alongside the late Charles Gwathmey and at Diller Scofidio + Renfro, developing early concept proposals with formal strategies that integrate context, complex geometry, and material construction.
In addition to his creative practice, Tom is co-owner of Jacobsson Carruthers, a metal fabrication shop in NE Minneapolis.Tom was the lead metal fabricator for Lumen, the 2017 Young Architects Program installation at MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, NY.
Contact Us Directly
Jennifer Newsom: jennifer at dreamthecombine.com
Tom Carruthers: tom at dreamthecombine.com