RO/LU is a studio based in Minneapolis that works on art and design related projects. Founded in 2003 as a landscape office, it evolved through its open practice to include work involving sculptural furniture, performance, photography, writing, video, fashion, land art. architecture and work with art institutions. Frequently collaborating across disciplines many of their activities fall in between specific categories.
In 2013 they completed works in Switzerland at Art Basel / Design Miami, in Munich at Haus der Kunst and co-founder Matt Olson completed a month long Robert Rauschenberg Residency at Bob's former estate on Captiva Island. In 2012 they were Open Field 'Artists In Residence' at the Walker Art Center and their furniture work was presented by the gallery MONDO CANE (NYC) at Art Basel/Design Miami in the On/Site category. In 2012 the studio also exhibited work at Sit and Read gallery in Brooklyn, Volume Gallery in Chicago, MONDO CANE in NYC and West Galerie in the Hague, Netherlands.
Their work often explores our relationship to the past by "using art history as a material" and in many cases these actions share some common ground with appropriation. They are interested engaging with the public using teaching and learning as performative arts.
RO/LU was featured in the recently released book PIN-UP Interviews and has been covered in publications including The New York Times, Wallpaper, MONOPOL, Surface, Bad Day Magazine, Dwell, Details and GQ.