A must see gallery on the WCA Detroit Art Tour is Re:View Contemporary, now featuring “War Paint” with works by Niagara, a punk musician painter with a sexy, sardonic wit. Re:View Contemporary can always be counted on to keep pulse on what’s sharp and edgy in the Detroit art scene and represents some its homegrown risings stars. Ian Swanson is one such artist and will be having his first solo exhibition with the gallery this September.
Swanson was born in Detroit, received a BFA in painting from Wayne State University and is now an MFA candidate at Pratt Institute. An active member of the Detroit art community, he co-founded project space ORG and helped establish and organize exhibitions at the North End Studios. Swanson has exhibited nationally and has been featured in New American Paintings #95.
Swanson is experimental and multi-disciplinary in his studio practice, his works investigations of contemporary popular, aesthetic and historical culture. Fascinated with the liminal state between dissolution and causation, Swanson’s works are “formalist reductions and recombinations of cultural archetypes transformed through repetitious engagement.”
His current focus is on the intersections of image, space, and time: visual, psychological, commercial, and virtual; illuminating the strange logic of shared representations of the present through abstraction, intuition, and appropriation.