The petite Pratt graduate, Swoon, has quickly climbed through the ranks of street art, raising the bar by using art as politics. A mainstay at the likes of Deitch, MoMA and the Brooklyn Museum of Art, her latest project might be her biggest yet. With the backing of Deitch, Swoon recently launched "Swimming Cities of Switchback Sea," a two-part exhibit merging her latest portraits and a sculptural floating city. She also collaborated with OBIE award-winning playwright Lisa D'Amour to bring a series of performances to various stops along the Hudson River forming a multi-dimensional traveling exhibit of sorts.
Swoon's work isn't just about wheat paste these days, but more about community building and a call for change. With this latest work, Swoon highlights one of the most important issues of our generation, alternative energy. Each of the seven boats (all crafted out of salvaged materials and fueled on various alternative energy sources, including biodiesel, ethanol, hydrogen and solar power), will be welcomed at Deitch Studios in Long Island City, 7 September 2008, opening to the public the same day. Be sure to get there early to witness the flotilla coming into bay, a vision that can only be brought to us by Swoon herself. Visit Switchback Sea for more info.
Swimming Cities of the Switchback Sea
Opening Reception: 7 September 2008, 6-9pm
4-40 44th Drive
Long Island City, NY 11101 map