SWOON | the artist

The artist SWOON
Born 1977, USA.
Lives and works in New York, USA.

Style and technique of the artist: Figuration-Libre-Graffiti, Printmakers, Venice Biennale, Stencil Graffiti,

Street artist from New York City who specializes in life-size wheatpaste prints and paper cutouts of figures. Swoon, real name Caledonia “Callie” Curry, studied painting at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and started doing street art around 1999. Swoon is also a member of the Justseeds Artist Cooperative.

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Original artworks, prints, exhibition posters, monographs, books, collectibles.

MOMA collection, 2004 (printed 2005). Linoleum cut with acrylic additions, composition and sheet.

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 wood block 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…

I studied classical painting, renaissance-style painting and portraiture and then when I came to new york, and I no longer felt connected to anything I had thought about art. for at least two years, nothing made sense to me, and everything I did felt aimless and destructive, and then things finally came around.
so now when I feel like I’m doing things that make no sense, to me, but I still feel deeply compelled to do them, I take it as a good sign.’

Venice was settled originally by refugees fleeing the barbarian hordes—who, apparently, didn’t like water. But that was then. This week, Swoon, a 31-year-old Brooklyn artist whose name is Caledonia “Callie” Curry, is leading a waterborne invasion of the Venice Biennale (she didn’t bother to try to get in officially) with a crew of 30 artists, musicians, and miscreants in tow…

Interview with the artist.

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