William Swanson – Subsurface Continuum

September 13th - November 1st, 2014


Subsurface Continuum

Opening Reception: September 13th | 4-7 PM

In Subsurface Continuum Swanson’s new paintings continue to investigate manipulations of terrain and architecture. This work explores time on a geologic scale collapsing what feels like multiple instances into a single recording. He uses a variety of methods of mark making in his work: pouring, masking, overlaying, thinning and thickening the paint and then sanding. His process is both inquisitive and intuitive. Forms and shapes are generated by his discoveries in the topography of the paint.

Often working from photographically sourced images, Swanson’s imagery has references to architectural rendering, science fiction, digital graphics, map-making, geological structures, and physical cosmology. The paintings are in-motion with worlds coming apart and colliding together, hinting at urban planning, methods of transporting people, products, and communication networks.

About the Artist

Swanson has earned great critical praise over the last several years with reviews in Art in America, ArtNews, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Anthem, Artweek, The LA Weekly, and art ltd. His 2011 solo exhibition at Marx & Zavattero was acclaimed as one of the “Top Ten Painting Shows in the U.S.” on The Huffington Post. Swanson has had solo exhibitions at DCKT Contemporary, New York, and Walter Maciel Gallery, Culver City. Group exhibitions include Future Tense: Reshaping the Landscape, The Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY; I Want to Feel at Home Here, Milepost 5, Portland, OR; and Built Against Site, Paragraph, Kansas City, MO. His work was also featured in Bay Area Now 3 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco. Swanson received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1992 and currently lives and works in Oakland, California.