Kyle Sliv & Burt Dulet
Kyle Sliv, a Chattanooga, Tennessee native,
relocated to the Bay Area after completing graduate studies at Cranbrook
Academy of Art in Michigan, where he received his second degree in painting.
His mother was an artist, the director of Hamilton County 9-1-1, and
mother of three, his father a collector and entrepreneur after retiring
from 22 years in US Military Service. Kyle grew up playing and listening
to death metal and punk rock, running from police for skateboarding,
playing in various bands and touring and recording on the east coast.
His earliest activities included building humane rabbit
traps, racing wagons, single-handedly assembling his first new bike
at age eight, driving a tractor, shooting at birds, and mowing grass.
In the in the third grade he completed a life-size model of a Buck Rogers
Flight Craft cockpit, and in the seventh grade he was awarded a second
place science fair ribbon for his experimentation with types of music
found to be most conducive for plant growth. His earliest dreams of
were to be a racecar driver and an inventor. His first art class was
as a senior at his second of three different high schools, where he
learned to make chains from construction paper. During his second art
class he created videos with a Pixl Vision camera and conducted recreational
cough syrup experiments on himself.
While in undergraduate studies at the University of
Tennessee, he co-founded an alternative space and began doing performance
within an art context with "Going UP, Going DOWN", a live
snare drum concert in an elevator. During his studies at Cranbrook he
created a mobile gallery in a Ford Aerostar minivan, collaborated on
a public billboard project, and experimented with competitive events
and interactive performance.
He is the creator of such events and projects as Mobile
Backyard- a conversation-starter consisting of a fastidiously maintained
lawn in the bed of his truck, Bring Your Own Big Wheel- a race down
historic Lombard Street, and a recording project at The San Francisco
Dump using entirely found and salvaged objects and instruments culminating
in a night of performance and CD. He is also the creator of objects
or products such as a Personal Horn (for use by Pedestrians' Rights
activists), the Meat Hat (portable, cordless dj device consisting of
a hat with a squeaky steak), and a Typewriter Piano.
Dulet was born to Karen Meyer and Burton Horowitz, a schoolteacher
and pharmacist respectively, in Westerville, OH on July 19, 1976. He
spent his childhood in the Midwest and the South. Burt was a driven
and successful businessman, entrepreneur, and organizer from an early
age. As a means to save money, he would buy and sell rare coins and
baseball cards. He had his first press at the age of 9, when he had
coordinated a break dancing competition at the local auditorium as entertainment
for senior citizens. However, Marc had several failed ventures, which
include a bi-weekly sidewalk art sale of posters and prints collected
at local thrift stores, a National Geographic Magazine festival and
sale, a miniature circus, and a mobile money conversion center.
Burt's development as an organizer and host began
with several seminal projects such as convincing fellow students as
early as kindergarten to hide out and scare the teacher (much to Burt's
detriment). He hosted a talk show with his stuffed animals in the privacy
of his bedroom; and in 1986, he founded his first company - a ghost
removal and cleaning service, with his mom serving as scheduling coordinator.
Additionally, Burt created several scale model stegosaurus business
suits from cardboard in attempt to win the seat for class president.
Ironically, while in middle school, Burt conducted the same science
fair experiment as Kyle.
At age 15, Burt left home. For a while he lived in
an actor friend's basement and attended high school in Paradise, Indiana,
playing football, running track, and buying beer for others with his
as a business venture. He moved around frequently, posing as a foreign
exchange student, and at age 17 attended Indiana University in Bloomington,
receiving his degree in Business Marketing in 1998. After graduating,
he traveled extensively overseas, shearing sheep and turning down offers
to start various carpet businesses in Morocco. He ultimately took a
job in Silicon Valley with a graphics firm, finally leaving for hopes
at starting his own venture. In an effort to do so, he attended the
San Francisco Art Institute for a year.
During school, he had begun showing and hosting events
in the Bay Area. In 2001, he founded Your Local Gallery in Oakland,
and organized and performed in several shows, namely, "The One
Minute Show." That same year he received the first student residency
at the San Francisco Sanitary Landfill, where he later met Kyle Sliv.
Kyle struck up a conversation with Burt, who was lurking around the
mailing list table. Soon after, Kyle volunteered to help out with Burt's
"One Minute Show". They began working together more frequently.
Their collaborative works have explored and celebrated the creative
potential and performative possibilities within ordinary objects such
as duct tape, home gym equipment, and found objects.
After some time, Kyle Sliv and Burt Dulet formed their
partnership "Sliv & Dulet Enterprises", a research and
development company that offers creative and unusual products and services.
- New Langton website
- Art Forum Summer Line Write-up
- Duct Tape Festival
- SF Weekly Cover Story
- Notes Show
- san francisco art institute review
- Bring Your Own Big Wheel
- NBC News clip
- SF Examiner
- One Minute show
- Duct Tape Festival
(Duct Tape Festival)
- Bring Your Own Big Wheel
- 21 Grand Gallery - "Pick a Number"
- 21 grand - Duct Tape Festival Images
- DADA fest - smoothie for the afterlife
- Door7 Gallery - BYOWB
- The dump
- Stretcher West Coast 7.10.03 Summer line write-up
- Bay Area Guardian Summer Line write-up