Erick Swenson Exhibited at The Saatchi Gallery

Erick Swenson


Polyurethane resin, acrylic paint, MDF, polystyrene

59.7 x 701 x 442 cm
Erick Swenson’s installations create scenes of haunting perfection. Inspired by museum exhibits, set design, film special effects, and model making, Swenson crafts every minute detail of his tableaux, creating simulated, highly romantic scenes of that often exceed the ideals of nature. Spanning more than 7 meters, Swenson’s Untitled is a sub-zero oasis of mythical blizzard. Styrofoam snow and polyurethane ice engulf expertly moulded cobblestones, fabricating a spectacle of wintery Bavariana fairytale. Within the gathering drifts, a fallen deer strains against death in a sublime allegorical moment.
Erick Swenson
Ne Plus Ultra


30.5 x 40.6 x 35.6 cm
Erick Swenson’s Ne Plus Ultra poses the decaying skull of a deer as a cryptic relic. Swenson captures every uncomfortable detail: white flesh peeled, exposing raw tissue and weathered bone. Cast in resin, Swenson’s sculpture doesn’t exude the expected revulsion of gore, but rather a beatific reverence. In its serene otherworldly aura Swenson’s perished beast evokes a more horrific haunting as a torn cheek reveals a row of carnivorous teeth, and flayed brow appears embossed with mysterious scrimshaw. Through attenuate craftsmanship, Swenson merges ideas of the romantic sublime with chilling surrealism, creating an object suggestive of dark fiction.

Erick Swenson's Biography

Erick Swenson
Born Phoenixville

Lives and works in Dallas


Q.E.D., Los Angeles

James Cohan Gallery

ULCA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles

Villa Stuck, Munich, Germany

Obviously a Movie, Angstrom Gallery, Dallas

Push to Prime, Diverse Works Art Space, Houston
Microwaveable, Good/Bad Art Collective, Denton


Springtide, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

Summer Show, James Cohan Gallery, New York
Whitney Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Natural Histories: Realism Revisited, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale

Air, James Cohan Gallery, New York
Erick Swenson and Ricky Swallow, Karen Lovegrove Gallery, Los Angeles

Summer, James Cohan Gallery, New York

Swallow Swenson, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia
New Orleans Triennial, New Orleans Museum of Art, Louisiana
The Big Id, James Cohan Gallery, New York

Keith Edmier, Ricky Swallow, Erick Swenson, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York
Out of the Ordinary: New Art From Texas, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston
Artistic Centers: Dallas/Ft Worth, TFAA/Jones Center for Contemporary Art, Austin
Natural Deceits, Fort Worth Museum of Modern Art, Fort Worth

Description Without Place, Staff USA/AC Project Room, New York
Fire Sale 2000, Angstrom Gallery, Dallas
Good/Bad Art Collective: Joey on ICU, ABC no Rio, New York
True Stories, Arlington Museum of Art, Arlington
Senior Show, Cora Stafford Gallery, University of North Texas, Denton

Texas Dialogues Parallels, Blue Star Art Gallery, San Antonio
We Sorry, Artlies Magazine, Summer
Good/Bad Burns, Good/Bad Art Collective, Denton
Welcome to Important Town, Conduit Gallery Annex, Dallas
Its a Peeece in Itself, Good/Bad Art Collective, Denton

Wee Coma, Good/Bad Art Collective, Denton
Hallowmas, Good/Bad Art Collective, Denton
Strange Loops, Good/Bad Art Collective, Denton
Very Fake, but Real, Diverse Works Art Space, Houston
Red Rover Issues, Revolution Summer Art Space, Houston
One Person Show Featuring ..., Good/Bad Art Collective, Denton
Gay Art/Straight Play, Good/Bad Art Collective, Denton

Isolation Chamber, Good/Bad Art Collective, Denton
el clumsio, Angstrom Gallery, Dallas
Sailors on Shoreleave: the Designs of Bob Mackie, 500X Gallery, Dallas
Popo y Lupe, Good/Bad Art Collective, Denton
Mad, Good/Bad, and Dangerous to Know, Good/Bad Art Collective, Denton