(click image to enlarge) Sean Irving from Metro Gallery in Melbourne recently forwarded me details on the upcoming show from Swoon, as follows, and if you are around this part of the world I recommend you get on down and take a peek!.....
This will be her first visit to Australia and she's taking the opportunity to create a site specific installation within the gallery.
We're incredibly excited to be holding this event, Swoon is highly regarded within the international street art community and her works can be found on walls all over the world. She has also had work acquired by major cultural institutions including MOMA and the Tate Modern, and she's widely recognised as a master of contemporary printmaking.
Swoon is a Brooklyn-based artist whose life-sized woodblock and cut-paper portraits hang on walls in various states of decay in cities around the world. She has designed and built several large-scale installations, most notably the Swimming Cities of Switchback Sea at Deitch Projects in 2008. Her pieces have been collected by of The Museum of Modern Art, The Brooklyn Museum of Art , and the Tate Modern. Major pieces have appeared at PS1, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and Black Rat Press. Swoon has been traveling for the past several years creating exhibitions and workshops in the United States and abroad.
Swoon is also an instigator and a collaborator. She founded the Toyshop collective and the Miss Rockaway Armada, and is a member of Just Seeds and the Transformazium. Since 2006 she has organized four large-scale raft projects and floated down the Mississippi and Hudson rivers with them. Most recently, she and her collaborators designed a flotilla of sea-going rafts that invaded the 2009 Venice Biennale.
Her artistic process is predicated on the belief that art is an immersive, provocative, and transformative experience for its participants. Although Swoon’s aesthetics can be seen as an outgrowth of street art, her engagement with ethical living and making art share a close kinship with the idealism of off-grid, barter-based cultures and economies based on sharing. She uses scavenged and local materials and embraces print media as a potent means of action for social change.