Seattle, WA - Treason Gallery is pleased to announce its April and May solo exhibition, Swoon: EVERY PORTRAIT IS A VESSEL. Opening reception will be held on Thursday, April 4th from 6pm-9pm during the First Thursday Art Walk in Pioneer Square.
Caledonia Curry, more commonly known as “Swoon,” is arguably the most influential female street artist of all time. Her pieces have been collected by The Museum of Modern Art, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, and the Tate Modern, and reside in private collections around the globe. Famous for her portraiture based artwork, she is also renowned for her large-scale installation designs, (most notably the “Swimming Cities of Switchback Sea” in 2008). Based in Brooklyn, her life-sized woodblock and paper-cut portraits hang on walls in various states of decay in cities around the world. With a curriculum vitae that includes exhibitions at the The Detroit Art Institute, the Brooklyn Museum, and The Museum of Modern Art, it is undeniable the iconic mark Swoon’s work has left on our culture.
Swoon’s process begins with images of subjects who capture the human condition. She executes their portraits on various mediums: forgotten and discarded doors, decayed building materials, delicate handmade paper, and even large exterior walls. She then leaves her works behind in the elements to devolve, disregarding conventional and commercial standards of how art should be viewed and preserved, a perspective deeply rooted in the rebellion of street art. Her elegantly envisioned figures, initially adorned with vibrant colors, deteriorate and decompose naturally, each carrying a unique story with them. Using time and nature as an extension of the artworks, Swoon dramatically captivates her viewers with the simplicity and impact of their refined textures and tones.
‘EVERY PORTRAIT IS A VESSEL’ is Swoon’s first solo exhibition in the Pacific Northwest. The artist will be showing a mixture of old and new works at Treason Gallery, taking the opportunity to give the residents of Seattle a broader view of her artistry. The body of work will showcase her unique versatility, with works ranging from meticulously built music boxes to imaginative and ornate mixed media pieces. Her new works are vibrant and alive with color while still rooted in her traditional practice of wood block printing and paper making.
In addition to the exhibition, Swoon will be hosting an intimate artist talk in the gallery on Friday, April 5th at 7pm. More details to be announced soon.
Join us at the opening reception on Thursday, April 4th from 6pm-9pm at TREASON Gallery located in Pioneer Square, 319 3RD AVE S, Seattle, WA 98104.