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Erik Shane Swanson
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Crown Heights



ARTIST STATEMENT: I use anachronistic processes to recreate objects and images from eras of my everyday life. Picking up material techniques that have nearly disappeared in their production I apply them to forms designed to illuminate, preserve, and facilitate mobility. Scagliola, a process developed in ancient Rome to imitate rare marble, is one such method I employ. Through my work I summon, reclaim and examine the space of the lost and overlooked.
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  • Saltwater, Piss and Vinegar
    2015
    scagliola, painted epoxy, and hardware
    32.5" x 71" x 58.5"

  • Saltwater, Piss and Vinegar (detail)
    2015
    scagliola, painted epoxy, and hardware
    32.5" x 71" x 58.5"

  • Saltwater, Piss and Vinegar (detail)
    2015
    scagliola, painted epoxy, and hardware
    32.5" x 71" x 58.5"

  • Mid Air Waffle Trainers
    2015
    pigmented epoxy putty, wire, and glass
    35" x 12" x 14"

  • Freez Pak Mountainscape
    2015
    scagliola
    14" x 12"

  • Black Light
    2014
    wax, pigment, and wick
    3" x 8.75" x 3"

  • More Than Cool™ (left)
    2014
    wax and pigment
    11.75” x 13” x 9.5”

  • Rock, Steady (foreground)
    2014
    scagliola and steel
    147.5” x 66” x 20”

  • Mars Bars (foreground)
    2013
    rit dye, color pigment, hydrocal white, burlap, wood, sand, and tarp
    96" x 147" x 30"

  • Mars
    2013
    rit dye, color pigment, hydrocal white, burlap, wood, drywall, and paint
    131.5" x 145"

  • Mars (detail)
    2013
    rit dye, color pigment, hydrocal white, burlap, wood, drywall, and paint
    131.5" x 145"

  • Maine Coastline
    2013
    found plywood and found screws
    92" x 144" x 6"
    In constructing Maine Coastline I removed the worn plywood wall plane of my studio, measured it out and cut it down so it wrapped around the structural supports, rather than sit flat on top of them.

  • Studio view opposite Maine Coastline
    2013
    variable
    variable
    In order to complete the veneering process for Maine Coastline I stripped the opposite wall of my studio, utilizing it for tool and material storage.

  • 5 Gal Bucket of Truth
    2013
    color pigment and hydrocal white
    14.5" x 13" x 13"

  • Gorgon
    2013
    color pigment and hydrocal white
    19" x 15"

  • Dispersion Wall
    2012
    graphite powder and hydrocal white embedded in drywall
    87" x 123"

  • Dispersion Wall (detail)
    2012
    graphite powder and hydrocal white embedded in drywall
    87" x 123"
 








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