Inman Gallery @ Art Brussels

Flemish

French

April 18 - 22, 2012 Booth 3B-44

link to Demetrius Oliver Art Brussels work

presenting work by Demetrius Oliver, Dario Robleto, Sigrid Sandström, Marc Swanson

link to Dario Robleto Art Brussels work

link to Sigrid Sandström Art Brussels work

Marc Swanson (American, b. 1969)

In Brooklyn-based Marc Swanson's identity-exploring artistic practice, he combines materials and narratives from his personal history into gorgeous confessional yet enigmatic diorama-like constructions. Covering taxidermy deer heads with glittery rhinestones, for example, he regularly meshes ritual crafts from his upbringing in rural New England with emblems from his coming-of-age in the San Francisco queer club scene, often uniting clashing symbols of masculinity and power in a single work. A forlorn Yeti featured in his early room-sized installations serves as a surrogate for the artist and his methods of hunting and gathering, collaging and mythologizing. Recent shrine-like boxes, photo-works, and totemic sculpture assemble kitsch objects into sensuous formal experiments, which also function as spiritual and devotional exercises in the ongoing process of disassembling one's self.

Swanson's two cloth and chain works on view elaborate personal tokens into understated yet seductive memorials. In Untitled (Black Fabric with Chains), 2009, the artist rehangs a sun-bleached curtain from his studio window and embellishes it with dangling gold chains. Imprinted by the sun, the cloth carries a physical memory, a ghost-like mark of time past that Swanson touchingly celebrates with adorning jewelry. In the similarly melancholy Untitled (Wall-hanging Shirt and Chains), 2011, the artist drapes used cotton t-shirts, which have been sewn together -- to evoke tanned animal skins. Fringed with limp chains, the curving, pleated fabric arouses a baroque-like pathos. Finally, a new pyramidal, pyre-like assemblage of antlers encrusted with white rhinestones not only marries icons of the artist's country and urbane selves, but also transforms a symbol of death into a dazzling monument to renewal.

Marc Swanson graduated with an MFA from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Bard College, NY in 2004. He has exhibited around the country since his inclusion in the inaugural Greater New York at PS1 in 2005, including solo exhibitions at the St. Louis Art Museum, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, and most recently, the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston (summer 2011). Important group exhibitions have included The Spectacular of Vernacular, Walker Art Center (traveled to CAM Houston summer 2011), Between Spaces, MOMA/PS1, New York, among others.
Midnight Sun, on view at Inman Gallery from July 8 - August 20th, 2011, was the artist's first solo exhibition with the gallery.

Marc Swanson, Untitled (Wall-hanging Shirt and Chains), 2011
cotton t-shirts, chains, latex, thread, 77 x 36 inches approx.

link to gallery exhibition images
link to recent CAMH exhibition

Marc Swanson, Untitled (Black Fabric with Chains), 2009
solarized satin, chain, wood, 84 x 57 x 3 inches