Swoon, ‘Yaya’, 2016, Treason Gallery

Swoon is a contemporary American street artist best known for her illustrative portraiture. Working in a wide-ranging practice that includes installation and performance, her work has a recurrent activist mo- tive. Swoon’s large-scale images are often printed on recycled newspaper and glued to the sides of urban architecture using wheat paste, an inexpensive and convenient form of mass distribution. Born Caledonia Dance Curry in 1978 in New London, CT, Swoon moved to New York, NY to attend the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, and currently works and resides in the borough. Her work gained recognition after a solo show at Jeffrey Deitch’s SoHo gallery in 2005, quickly attracting the attention of The Museum of Modern Art in New York. Her work has since been shown in the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, and the Sao Paolo Museum of Art. Notably, her solo show “Submerged Motherlands” at the Brooklyn Museum in 2014 was the museum’s first exhibition dedicated to a living street artist.

Signature: Signed

Image rights: Swoon Studios

Publisher: SWOON

Treason Gallery

About Swoon

Callie Curry, a.k.a. Swoon, creates street art, installations, and sculptural assemblages, merging art and activism with the intent of improving the world. After completing her studies at the Pratt Institute, Swoon realized that she would not be content to only exhibit in galleries and museums. “I wanted to become part of something larger than myself,” she explained. “I wanted to embrace the world.” This desire drove her art into the streets where, since 1999, Swoon has been wheat-pasting life-size portraits of everyday urbanites onto walls in New York and other cities. Swoon takes a humanitarian approach to art and contributed to the reconstruction of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. At the 2009 Venice Biennale, she shocked and delighted visitors by navigating a flotilla of rafts, handcrafted from scavenged materials and garbage, into the city’s waterways.

American, b. 1978, New London, Connecticut, based in Brooklyn, NY, United States

Solo Shows

2015
Chandran Gallery, 
San Francisco,
artMRKT San Francisco

Group Shows

2018
2018
2018
Long Island City,
2016
Chandran Gallery, 
San Francisco,
2015
2015
Chandran Gallery, 
San Francisco,
Waves for Water Benefit Auction
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