Selected works by Marc Swanson

Marc Swanson
Psychic Studies

2006

Wood, mirrored acrylic, paint

243.8 x 243.8 x 3.8 cm
Approaching his practice as a means of self-exploration, Marc Swanson’s work examines the notion of masculine identity through a variety of media ranging from film, to sculpture, installation, and painting. Reconciling queer sensibility with the ultra conservatism of rural folk arts, Swanson’s Psychic Studies approaches themes of power, spirituality and tradition through an aesthetic of heightened sensuality. Psychic Studies takes the form of a large reflective wall mount; its radial motif suggestive of a web, shield, mystical symbol, or hunting lodge fixture. Constructed from painted wood and mirrored acrylic, Swanson’s form exudes the timeless potency of artefact and the illicit allure of kitsch.
Marc Swanson
Black Glitter

2007

Enamel, glitter, glass

11 parts Overall dimensions:305 x 277 cm

Marc Swanson's Biography

Marc Swanson
Born 1969, New Britain, Connecticut
Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York



SOLO EXHIBITIONS



2011
The Second Story, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

2010
Dark Room, Saint Louis Art Museum
Acquisitions in Context: Marc Swanson, Kemper Museum of
Contemporary Art, Kansas City

2009
The Tenth of Always, Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago

2008
hurry on sundown: The Multimedia Work of Marc Swanson,
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca,
New York
The Saint at Large, Bellwether Gallery, New York

2007
Marc Swanson, Marella Gallery, Milan
Beginning to See the Light, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum,
Santa Barbara. Traveled to 21c Museum, Louisville, Kentucky

2005
Marc Swanson, Bellwether Gallery, New York

2003
Live Free of Die, Bellwether Gallery, Brooklyn

2001
At First Sight, Bellwether Gallery, Brooklyn

1999
The Black Party, ESP Gallery, San Francisco

1998
God Bless the Children of the Beast, Tensta Konstall, Stockholm
Bats Like Me, ESP Gallery, San Francisco

1997
Sub-Zero/Escene, San Francisco

1996
Nature’s Way, Showroom, San Francisco


GROUP EXHIBITIONS



2011
The Spectacular of Vernacular, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
traveling to Contemporary Art Museum, Houston
January White Sale, Loretta Howard Gallery, New York
Robert Mapplethorpe: Night Work, Allison Jacques Gallery, London

2010
Abstract America: Part II, Saatchi Gallery, London
Kurt, Seattle Art Museum
Slag, Prichard Art Gallery, University of Idaho, Moscow
Dead or Alive: Nature Revisited, Museum of Arts and Design, New York
The Craft, Lehman College Art Gallery, New York

2009
Other Arrangements, Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles, organized by
Diana Thater
Unnatural Rubber, Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh
Between Spaces, MoMA/PS1, New York
Recent Acquisitions, Miami Art Museum

2008
to:Night: Contemporary Representations of the Night, Hunter College Art
Galleries, New York
2007 Sparkle Then Fade, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, Washington
07/08, Bellwether Gallery, New York

2006
Fresh! Contemporary Takes on Nature and Allegory, Museum of Glass,
Tacoma, Washington
Cryptozoology: Out of Time Place Scale, Museum of Art, Bates College,
Lewiston, Maine
Six Degrees of Separation, Part II, Stux Gallery, New York
Cryptozoology: Out of Time Place Scale, H&R Block Artspace, Kansas
City Art Institute
Yes Bruce Nauman, Zwirner & Wirth, New York

2005
Greater New York, MoMA/PS1, New York

2004
No Big Cowboy Can Do the Little Things I Do, Julia Friedman Gallery,
Chicago
East of the Sun, West of the Moon, White Columns, New York
Nature, Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica
Hello Chelsea, Bellwether Gallery, New York
The Bambi Effect, Savage Art Resources, Portland Oregon
Semiprecious: New Works by Carolyn Castano, Jennifer Cohen, Luis
Gispert, Kirsten Hassenfeld, and Marc Swanson, Public Art Fund,
MetroTech Center, Brooklyn
Fight or Flight, Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria, New York
Log Cabin, Artists Space, New York

2002
Two-Person Exhibition, Clementine Gallery, New York

2000
Ride Free, Brownwyn Keenen, New York
And They Told Two Friends, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York

1999
Levels, La Panaderia, Mexico City

1998
You Must Be From California, Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum,
Woodland Hills, Michigan
Survey Show, ESP Gallery, San Francisco
Special Guest Star, Gothenburg Museum, Gothenburg Sweden

1997
Better Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco
Real World, New Langton Arts, San Francisco
One Mile Shebang, Collision Gallery, San Francisco