Have you met…Lawrence Swan?

wood spiral in spiral

Lawrence Swan, wood spiral in spiral

An introduction can be a wonderful thing. You can meet interesting people, and make new friends. You can be introduced to your new favorite foods, books, music, or artist.

I’d like to introduce you to some of my favorite artists. Some of whom I’ve been familiar with for years, and others I’ve only recently been introduced to.

The person I’d like to introduce is the artist Lawrence Swan.


Lawrence Swan, diagram

Lawrence Swan is a Brooklyn-based painter who emerged in the
Bushwick/Ridgewood scene of the past few years. He is also a writer who makes
graphic texts on-line and in self-published chapbooks and pamphlets. He has a
BFA in painting from the Cleveland Institute of Art, where he primarily studied
with Julian Stanczak and Edwin Mieczkowski, and an MA in philosophy from
Cleveland State University. From 2009 through 2010 his studio blog
(newcleanblog.blogspot.com) was the site of Art Bum Comics, and miscellaneous
texts, drawings, sculpture, and works in progress appear there more or less
Lawrence Swan, Head On Block, 2012. Tin cans, wood block, acrylic paint, 13" X 7" X 6"

Lawrence Swan, Head On Block, 2012. Tin cans, wood block, acrylic paint, 13″ X 7″ X 6″

“Cosmologies come and go. We need to find or impose an order, a pattern, so we can map our world, so we can find our way from the bed to the refrigerator, so we don’t starve to death. We expect a degree of continuity in the environment, but there comes a day when we open the door to the kitchen and find a world we never imagined. This is something like what we look for in improvisation.”

Lars Swan

Scroll I 6" X 60" 2012

Lawrence Swan, Scroll I 6″ X 60″ 2012

“Lawrence Swan tends to work on a small scale and with a kind of low-tech
modesty. There is a casual intensity to many of the pieces. He uses tin cans,
found wood, cut up canvas board, torn and folded paper, ink, and gouache to
make simple masks, word games, optical illusions and geometric figures. He
likes to work with primary colors arranged in complex rhythms, and with
elementary forms of representation.
In this show there will be some attempt to re-create the treasure-hunt-like
experience of going through piles of things in his studio.”
Power Flower 11" X 11" 2012

Lawrence Swan, Power Flower 11″ X 11″ 2012


Other material relating to Lawrence Swan.

Artist blog. newcleanblog.blogspot.ca

Youtube: Lars and Lori.

Hrag Vartanian: Lawrence Swan

ArtSlant: Lawrence Swan

Hyperallergic: Lawrence Swan

45projects: Art Bum Comix Lawrence Swan

NY Arts: Lawrence Swan

Artist Conversations: Lawrence Swan

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