Diane recently had the opportunity to visit Marc Swanson's studio and have a sneak-peak into his forthcoming works. Swanson is no stranger to RxArt, having contributed a drawing to our Between the Lines Vol. II coloring book.
Swanson is perhaps best known for his jewel-encrusted deer heads and antlers. They reference his upbringing as the son of a former Marine and ardent hunter, while also showcasing his characteristic melding of high and low materials to make art. Biographical undercurrents are an essential element of Swanson's work. For the Greater New York show at PS1 In 2005, Swanson exhibited a Yeti as a self-portrait to explore his art-making process as a form of collecting and ritual.
Although Swanson lives and works in Brooklyn, he grew up in New England and spent considerable time in San Francisco. He received his MFA from Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York in 2004, and also studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. Swanson's work has been widely exhibited, most recently in a solo show at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston.
At the studio Diane saw the characteristic deer heads, as well as a variety of sculptural objects created from wood, metals, and fabrics. Swanson works in a wide range of media including photography, video, installation, collage, drawing, and sculpture. If Diane's visit was any indication, we all have much to look forward to from this artist!
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