Swoon

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Swoon, 234x132cm

BIO

Caledonia Curry, known professionally as Swoon, is a Red Hook, Brooklyn-based mixed media artist whose work explores humanity through portraiture, printmaking, and immersive installation. Swoon graduated from Pratt in 2001 and in 2005 was the subject of a pivotal solo exhibition mounted by now-mentor Jeffrey Deitch. Swoon’s work has since adorned the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Tate Modern, LA MOCA, Mass MoCA, the New Orleans Museum of Art, and many more. Her 2014 Brooklyn Museum exhibition, Submerged Motherlands, was the Museum’s first solo show devoted to a living artist with roots in street art. In Fall 2017, Swoon will create a large scale, site-specific installation in the Zaha Hadid-designed Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center as part of a two-story solo exhibition.

Swoon spends much of her time enveloped in art and social practice by way of community building initiatives in, among others: Haiti, New Orleans, and the Rust Belt town of Braddock, Pennsylvania. In 2015, Swoon founded the 501(c)(3) Heliotrope Foundation to streamline these projects and to expand aid for urgent social crises. In addition to her community building work, Swoon is a dedicated advocate for the proper treatment of mental health and trauma; through volunteer art therapy programming and various residencies and lectures, she has presented through the narrative of her upbringing with two substance-addicted parents how addiction stems from pain and should be approached with empathy rather than disdain.

BIO

Swoon hat sich mit ihren komplexen und filigranen Papierschnitten zu einer der renommiertesten Künstlerinnen der internationalen Urban Art Szene etabliert. Ihre lebensgroßen, charakteristischen Cut-Outs positioniert sie im öffentlichen Raum gerne an verlassenen Orten. Sie ist immer auf der Suche nach dem Ort, der sich für sie wie das Zentrum der Erde anfühlt, dreckig, chaotisch und intensiv. Mit ihren Arbeiten versucht sie eine Verbindung zwischen dem Kunstwerk, dem Ort und den Bewohnern der Stadt zu schaffen.
Die 1977 geborene Künstlerin hat am Pratt Institute in Brooklyn Malerei studiert und zählt inzwischen zu jenen Street Art Künstlern, deren Werke von wichtigen Museen wie dem Museum of Modern Art, der Tate Modern, dem New Orleans Museum of Art und vielen weiteren gesammelt wird. Ihre Ausstellung „Submerged Motherlands“ im Jahr 2014, war die erste Solo Show, die einem Künstler mit Wurzeln in der Street Art im Brooklyn Museum gewidmet wurde. Swoons Arbeit ist ebenso inspiriert von der Volkssage wie von deutschen expressionistischen Holzdrucken und von indonesischen Schattenpuppen. Ihre meist lebensgroßen figurativen Installationen basieren auf Handzeichnungen, die sie als Basis für ihre detaillierte Drucktechnik und anschließenden Scherenschnitte nutzt. Die Künstlerin hat mit ihrem einzigartigen Stil im Bereich Cut-Outs und Paste-Ups internationale Maßstäbe gesetzt.

VITA

Born 1978 in the USA
Lives and works in New York City

SELECTED PERMANENT COLLECTIONS

The Brooklyn Museum

The Chrysler Museum of Art

Jeffrey Deitch/Deitch Projects (New York)

The Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston)

The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art

The Minneapolis Institute of Art

The Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles)

The Museum of Modern Art (New York)

MoMA PS1

The New Orleans Museum of Art

The Russian Museum (St. Petersburg)

Tate Modern (London)

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS AND PROJECTS

Ongoing

Dithyrambalina: a sonic playground, performance venue, and laboratory for musical

architecture and community engagement in New Orleans, 2011 – present

The Konbit Shelter Project: a comprehensive and locally sustained community building

project in post-ˇearthquake Haiti, 2010 – present

Braddock Tiles: a multi-ˇtiered community arts project revitalizing the once-ˇprosperous

Rust Belt neighborhood of North Braddock, PA, 2007 – present

2015

No Commission: an art exposition curated by Swizz Beatz, Miami, FL, December 2010

The Brooklyn Museum: Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861–2008,

group exhibition, Brooklyn, NY, November 2015

Facebook: mural commission for corporate headquarters, Palo Alto, CA, October 2015

City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program Residency: Open Source, a project in public art

and social practice, Philadephia, PA, May 2015

New Orleans Airlift: The Music Box Roving Village, part of an interactive community arts

Project, New Orleans, LA, March 2015

2014

Wynwood Walls: mural for Tony and Janet Goldman’s public art project, Miami, FL, December 2014

International Artist Residency: Present Project, a public art and community arts

engagement initiative, Honolulu, HI, September 2014

The Brooklyn Museum: Submerged Motherlands, a site-ˇspecific installation Brooklyn, NY, April 2014

Galerie Itinerrance: Djerbahood Project, an “open-ˇair museum” in Tunisian village of

Djerba, Djerba, Tunisia, August 2014

2013
Galerie Jeudy, Paris, France – solo exhibition, November 2013
Nuit Blanche, Toronto, Ontario – group show, October 2013
Museum de Arte Contemporaneo de Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico – ‘Zona Urbana’, group show, July 2013
State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota Fine Art Gallery, Brandenton, Florida – ‘Petrichor’, solo exhibition, February 2013

2012
Black Rat Projects, London, England – ‘Wunderkammer’, group show, November 2012
Prague, Czech Republic – ‘Stuck on the City’, group show, October 2012
2nd Annual Ural Biennial, Ekaterinburg, Russia – group show, September 2012
XYZ Gallery, Tokyo, Japan – ‘Honeycomb’, solo exhibition, April 2012
Dithyrambalina, New Orleans, LA – Group sculpture

2011
Black Rat, London, England, – ‘Murmuration’, December 2011
Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil, – ‘Inside Out Outside In’, group exhibition, August 2011
The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Massachussettes, – ‘Anthropocene’ solo exhibition, August 2011
New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, Louisiana, – ‘Thalassa’ commissioned sculpture, June 2011
Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, – ‘Art in the Streets’, group exhibition, April 2011
Metro Gallery, Melbourne, Australia, – solo exhibition, February 2011

2010
Konbit Shelters, Phase #2, Barrier Juedy, Haiti, December 2010/January, 2011
Black Rat Projects, London, – ‘Small Acts of Resistance Group Exhibit’, November 2010
Galerie L.J, Paris, – ‘Fata Morgana’, October 2010
Konbit Shelters, Barrier Juedy, Haiti, August 2010
NYC Parks Department and Urban Art Projects, Brooklyn, New York, -‘Konbit Park Sculpture’, May 2010
Philagrafika, The Graphic Unconcious, Philadelphia, January 2010

2009
Distance Don’t Matter, collaborative installation, SPACE gallery, Portland, ME
Urban art info, Berlin, Germany
Swimming Cities of Serenissima, Venice Biennal, Venice, Italy
Residency, Town House Gallery, Kairo, Egypt
The Influencers,Centro de Cultura Contemporánea, Barcelona, Spain

2008
Swoon, Deitch Projects, New York, NY (solo)
The Way That We Rhyme: Women, Art & Politics, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
Feral, The Luggage Store, San Francisco, CA (Collaboration exhibition with Monica Canilao)
Drown Your Boats, New Image Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
Portrait of Sylvia Elena, Honeyspace, New York, NY
In the Land of Retinal Delights: The Juxtapoz Factor, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA

2007
The Burning House, New Image Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (Collaborative exhibition with Faile and David Ellis)
Generations USA, Pinchuk Art Center, Kiev, Ukraine

2006
Graffiti, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, NY
La Boca del Lobo, Black Floor Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (Collaborative exhibition with Polonia Soloveichek and Allison Corrie)
Spank the monkey, BALTIC The Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (solo)

2005
Swoon, Art Basel Miami Beach, FL (solo)
[T]here. New York, Solyanka Gallery, Moscow, Russia
Swoon, Deitch Projects, New York, NY (solo)
Greater New York, P.S.1 Contemporary Arts Center, Long Island City, NY
Project Backumps Part 2, Kunstraum Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany

2004
Publico, Cincinnatti, OH
Space 1026, Philadelphia, PA
Roda Sten, Gothenburg, Sweden
1:100, DCKT Contemporary, New York, NY
III Communication II, Urbis, Manchester, UK
Something Else, The Vinyl Factory, London, UK

2003
Project Backjumps, Kunstraum Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany

2002
NGBK, Berlin, Germany
Swoon loves Solovei, Urban-Art.info, Berlin, Germany

NEWS

Brooklyn Street Art Blog visits Swoon in her NYC Studio

The Huffington Post about Swoon simulating „What It’s Like To Have A Shared-Death Experience“

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