Selected works by Marc Swanson

Marc Swanson
Psychic Studies


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


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


The Second Story, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

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

The Tenth of Always, Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago

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

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

Marc Swanson, Bellwether Gallery, New York

Live Free of Die, Bellwether Gallery, Brooklyn

At First Sight, Bellwether Gallery, Brooklyn

The Black Party, ESP Gallery, San Francisco

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

Sub-Zero/Escene, San Francisco

Nature’s Way, Showroom, San Francisco


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

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

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

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

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

Greater New York, MoMA/PS1, New York

No Big Cowboy Can Do the Little Things I Do, Julia Friedman Gallery,
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

Two-Person Exhibition, Clementine Gallery, New York

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

Levels, La Panaderia, Mexico City

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

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