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 Swoon

Biography

Daytona Beach, Florida, 1977.
Lives and works in New York. Studied at the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn. Her work has been included in exhibitions at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, P.S.1 Contemporary Arts Center, and the Brooklyn Museum of Art.

On Swoon's work

Swoon, an artist whose life-size wheat-pasted prints of figures first brought her artworld attention, has made work located outside art’s usual situations the object of her practice. She has pursued expansive collaborations and in each the process—from conceptualization through production—is predicated on the idea of art as an immersive, provocative and transformative experience for its participants. Although Swoon’s aesthetics can be seen as an outgrowth of street art, her engagement with the ethical aspects of living and making manifest a closer kinship to the idealism of off-grid, barter-based cultures and economies based on sharing. Her work is resonant, its impact resident in shared but individual experiences and awareness, charging public space with new and different imaginaries.

Project Description

In different locations around North Philadelphia, Swoon has installed printed paper figures, meant to be discovered by accident, left to be acted upon by their surroundings, to disappear in a strange, morphing beauty all their own. They are gently provocative reminders that artifice and art can be found anywhere and everywhere. They are, as Swoon says, “a moment of recognition, a wink from another human presence which is there and not there.”

Milton, 2009
Blockprint
1428-1430 West Susquehanna Avenue

Switchback, 2008
Blockprint with Handcoloring
N 9th St and Germantown Avenue

Alixa and Naima, 2008
Blockprint with Handcoloring and Cut Paper
N Warnock Street, between W Cumberland and W Huntingdon Streets

Chinese Restaurant Window, 2006
Blockprint
N Warnock Street, between W Cumberland and W Huntingdon Streets

The Girl from Ranoon Province, 2007
Blockprint
N Warnock Street, between W Cumberland and W Huntingdon Streets

Myrtle Avenue, 2006
Blockprint
N Warnock Street, between W Cumberland and W Huntingdon Streets

Cairo, Sunday Afternoon, 2009
Blockprint with Handcoloring
N Orkney Street and Lehigh Avenue

Bethlehem Boys, 2008
Blockprint and Silkscreen
N Orkney Street and Lehigh Avenue

 

Images: woodcuts on brown paper, wheat-pasted on urban walls. 

*Image credit: Greenhouse Media

More Info

On view on the street in North Philadelphia
Check in with Temple Gallery for more information

2001 N. 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
(215) 782-2870
http://www.temple.edu/tyler/exhibitions

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