Charlee Swanson

American, b. 1947

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Charlee Swanson

American, b. 1947

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Charlee Swanson’s evocative works of art are composed of glass and steel, which the artist breaks or alters, creating fractures in the surface of glass or allowing steel to rust. “When I break glass I destroy its intent and assign it a new identity,” Swanson has said. “The original purposes of the glass and metal are no longer recognized by the viewer as objects of support, protection, and construction. I see this as a form of alchemy.” Through his many mutations, Swanson imbues the otherwise predetermined, industrial materials with new potential for meaning.

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Charlee Swanson’s evocative works of art are composed of glass and steel, which the artist breaks or alters, creating fractures in the surface of glass or allowing steel to rust. “When I break glass I destroy its intent and assign it a new identity,” Swanson has said. “The original purposes of the glass and metal are no longer recognized by the viewer as objects of support, protection, and construction. I see this as a form of alchemy.” Through his many mutations, Swanson imbues the otherwise predetermined, industrial materials with new potential for meaning.

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