October 24, 2013

Oct.24.2013 - Widewalls artist of the week is activist, instigator, collaborator and street artist Swoon. Her work is in the permanent collection of the MoMA, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Tate Modern and Widewalls. No, seriously we have Swoon in our collection. Check Instagram. Once you’ve done that you can come back and read the rest of the article.

Born in Daytona Beach, Florida in 1977 the artist didn’t take very long to move away from seniors and trashy Hawaii shirts towards a more culturally versatile part of the US: Brooklyn. She still lives and works from Brooklyn.

The Street Artist Swoon

When she was nineteen, the woman with the real-life name Caledonia Dance Curry moved to the New York district to become inspired. Three years after her arrival she decided to do two things: Enlist at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and start painting some walls. Although in Swoons case, painting might not be the correct terminology anymore. Her street art style is better characterized with wheat-pasting, cutouts and wood installations.

Swoon mural
Swoon - Jaime Rojo Mural

Swoon installation
Swoon - Wood installation

Her artistic process is driven by the belief that her art needs to be an immersive, provocative and transformative experience. The images of people she chooses to depict are often family and friends. The locations of these pieces are scattered around the world. Many of them, although old, are still in very good condition because they are often pasted on uninhabited or rarely frequented locations such as abandoned warehouses, run-down malls, bridges or trucks. Her style is thereby unmistakable. Despite the variety of her works, it always remains recognizable as a Swoon street art piece even if its not street art. Confused? We’ll tell you what we mean. Don’t worry.

The Collaborator Swoon

Swoon participates in large-scale projects such as ‘Swimming Cities of Serenissima’. The swimming cities were in fact a fleet of three handcrafted vessels that in 2009 navigated the Adriatic Sea from Slovenia to the Biennale in Venice. Designed by Swoon these floating sculptures where the third generation of ‘Swimming Cities’. The “Swimming Cities of Switchback Sea’ and ‘Miss Rockaway Armada’ were the successful predecessors of the Biennale project.

Swoon Swimming Cities
Swoon Design - Swimming Cities of Serenissima

The Instigator & Activist Swoon

As Widewalls recently featured in an article, Swoon was the instigator of the successful non-profit project ‘The Music Box’ in New Orleans. This project is now being carried on and expanded to the musical architecture program Dithyrambalina.

Besides building rafts and saving the world, Swoon also find some time to take part in the 10 Years of Wooster Collective group exhibition and create new street art pieces, as recently seen on the corner of Bowery and Houston in lower Manhattan, New York.

Swoon mural
Swoon mural Thalassa at Bowery & Houston, New York

Pictures retrieved from: Nola, arrestedmotion & Black Rat Projects

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