Friday, April 4, 2008

Artist Swoon Lecture CMU Tuesday April 8, 5pm 2008 McConomy

SWOON is a Brooklyn-based street artist who creates life-sized portraits of people she meets, using woodcut block prints and paper cutouts. Swoon’s galleries are city walls, often in the environments that inspired the prints. A devout collaborator, she founded the Toyshop Collective and worked with them on poster campaigns, billboard alterations and sculptural installations. She recently inspired the Miss Rockaway Armada, a fleet of junk rafts on the Mississippi River piloted by artists and performers. Swoon’s next project is Braddock Active Arts, a large-scale community art center in an abandoned church in Braddock, PA, meant to catalyze sustainable community revitalization through art. For the past four years Swoon’s work has appeared in unlikely locales across the U.S., France, England, Mexico and Iraq. She has also shown at Art Basel Miami Beach, a 2005 solo exhibition at Deitch Projects, PS1’s Contemporary Art Center, MoMA and the Brooklyn Museum.
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  1. Does any one know Swoon's connection to Pittsburgh? Having such a figure show so much interest in our city is truly a god send. I would love some links to any of her recent work in Pittsburgh - I haven't been home in so long. I still remember the first time I saw Swoon's work in a set back abandoned doorway on Penn ave. in Bloomfield and walking the 4 blocks out of my way everyday after just to have another glimpse.

  2. not 100% sure just that a lot of brooklyn based artists have taken a major interest in braddock pa

    braddock mayor john fetterman may be the best person to contact on that (or maybe john morris, digging pitt blog)

    more info:

    rick byerly