DCKT Contemporary is pleased to present WILLIAM SWANSON’s second New York solo exhibition. In SWANSON’s acrylic on wood panel paintings architecture attempts to hold rein in a tumultuous battle with natural forces. Each presents a fictitious setting and fuses elements of nature, technology and architecture.

Holding to a belief that disaster can be a transformative process, SWANSON’s spaces play with end into beginning as in all natural cycles. Floods of light and debris spin in and out of view in unraveled space. Remnants of buildings, infrastructure and dilapidated structures are charted out in a survey of the damage. These are potential scenes of disaster.

SWANSON’s palette is a mix of deep blues, blacks and grays with contrasting hot pinks and warm acrid citrus. The paint alternates between loose floods of blended pools, streaks and harder edge flat planes of solid color mass. Concentrated masses of form gather in piles of teetering planes and surfaces.

In “Trace Dispersal”, a black field is bisected by crystalline planes of color. Outcroppings of rock drift like remains of a larger development; the scraps of earth barely provide footing for temporary structures, pipes and other human networks. In another new painting, a wide expanse of glowing space floods an indeterminate horizon. Structures such as banks of computer monitors and display units stand without any use or users; a collective energy of information is swelling in the atmosphere.

SWANSON lives and works in Oakland, CA. Recent solo exhibitions include the Marx & Zavattero (San Francisco) and Walter Maciel Gallery (Los Angeles). SWANSON was included in the recent group exhibition Future Tense: Reshaping the Landscape at the Neuberger Museum of Art (Purchase, NY).

The exhibition will be on view at DCKT Contemporary, 195 Bowery (at Spring Street). Hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11am – 6pm; Saturday, noon – 6pm; Sunday, noon – 5pm.

For further information, please contact Dennis Christie or Ken Tyburski at the gallery.

William Swanson

April 3 - May 3, 2009
Opens April 3, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Trace Dispersal

William Swanson, Trace Dispersal, 2009

Reflection Phase

William Swanson, Reflection Phase, 2009

Superstructure Schematic

William Swanson, Superstructure Schematic, 2009

Reclamation Pool

William Swanson, Reclamation Pool, 2009

Collapse Cycle

William Swanson, Collapse Cycle, 2008

Chemical Schematic

William Swanson, Chemical Schematic, 2009

Component Collective

William Swanson, Component Collective, 2008

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