Chemical Schematic (Final Sale)

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by William Swanson

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Artist Statement

The situations presented in my paintings are diagrammatic renderings of engineered environments. I like to pose a fictional view of the ever-changing state of nature and its various forms of adaptation. Selected elements from the natural world persist within the architecture of limitation and categorization. Trees, plants and mushrooms flourish in crystalline formations in the face of bleak prospects. Walls block the growth of would-be forests. I imagine the substructure of a landscape exposed and visible to reveal networks of hidden layers. My work attempts to view a compression of the past and future in a graphic, exploded space. Chemical Schematic presents a space of reflected reality. It utilizes a grid as a flattened formal element that shifts over to an illusory image of nature. The landscape is seen as a double reflection both upon an architectural façade as well as a questionable pool of water. It is literally a reflection of a chemically enhanced sunset.


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William Swanson

William Swanson was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1970. He graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 1992 with a BFA in painting.  Swanson has had recent solo exhibitions at DCKT Contemporary, New York, in 2009; Marx & Zavattero, San Francisco, in 2008; and Walter Maciel Gallery, Los Angeles, in 2007. Select group exhibitions include Future Tense: Reshaping the Landscape at The Neuberger Museum of Art in Purchase, NY, in 2008; Back in Black at Cohan Leslie and Browne, New York, NY, in 2003; and Bay Area Now 3 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, in 2002.  His work... Read More
has been reviewed and featured in many publications, including Art In America, ArtNews, the Los Angeles Times, Anthem, Artweek, Hot And Cold, and art ltd. His pieces are in many collections, including the West Collection and the Progressive Art Collection. Swanson currently lives in Oakland with his wife, Alena, and daughter, Elsa.
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