76 Grand Street
Deitch Projects presented this first New York solo exhibition by SWOON. Turning the 76 Grand Street gallery into a ramshackle labyrinthine city of paper and paint, SWOON produced her most ambitious installation to date.
For this exhibition, SWOON transformed both the façade and the interior of the gallery into a handmade cityscape full of hidden corners to discover. Taking Kowloon Walled City as a creative point of departure, she hoped to evoke the spontaneous, unregulated, and often dangerous development that took place in the autonomous Hong Kong slum before it was bulldozed in 1993. Reproducing rooms upon rooms, illegal balconies and unregulated creativity filled this exhibition, as did dramatic cutouts of scaffolding, power lines, elevated trains, and all the imposing infrastructure of the city.
SWOON’s worlds are often populated by realistically rendered--and evocatively cut-out--street people, often her friends and family. Riding bikes, talking on a stoop, going grocery shopping--these people traverse a cityscape of her own unique invention. Bridges, fire escapes, water towers, and street signs create crisscrossing shadows and spaces through which her figures move. Inspired by both art historical and folk sources, ranging from German Expressionist woodblock prints to Indonesian shadow puppets, SWOON is a master of using cut paper to play with positive and negative space in a conceptually-driven exploration of the experience of the streets.
You’ve probably encountered SWOON’s work before: she has been covering the streets of New York with her signature cutouts for over ten years. Often found in beautiful states of decay, her wheat-pasted cut outs “collaborate” with the street to create a time-based public artwork. In conjunction with her collective TOYSHOP, she has executed projects ranging from billboard alterations and poster campaigns, to street parties and sculptural installations. Her recent work has focused on creating peepholes throughout the city in subtle places where, once discovered, the viewer can glimpse a hidden dream world through the unassuming aperture. Find them! They’re out there.
March 8 - 11, 2018
We will present a special solo project by the artist JR.
Image: JR, Migrants, Walking New York City, 2015
April - May 2018
18 Wooster Street
76 Grand Street
New York, NY 10013
Monday – Friday
10 AM – 6 PM
Tuesday – Saturday
Noon – 6 PM
The gallery reopens with People in April 2018.
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