In my video work I generally work within the format of short loops, in concert with limitations set by various pre-existing formats, from the web-based animation method of the .gif to the ubiquity and faux-cinematic quality of DVD menu screens. Quotes is edited and distilled from downloaded Youtube clips, in this case based on a search for “quotes” and “stock quotes”, and selecting an appropriate search result. A short clip of an LED stock ticker is overlaid on a Youtube user-generated collection of the top 100 popular movie quotes. The resulting video is looped continuously.
Working primarily with abstract paintings, conceptually driven sculpture and video, and pseudo-mystical, idiosyncratic performance projects, Ian Swanson creates works that seem to exist within the liminal state between their own dissolution and causation.
Using the creative process as a catalyst towards the investigation of cultural and generational styles and modalities, he presents a casual, fluid, and often contrary attitude towards exposing the “tenuous relationship between what we reveal and what remains unseen.” In his works, investigations of previously disregarded possibilities toil through repeated actions, with an intention of escaping the expected outcome.
In challenging common applications of material and forms of representation, Swanson creates works that are both raw and highly sophisticated, inviting viewers to embark on their own explorations of existing references and conventions.
Ian Swanson received his BFA from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. He is represented in Southeastern Michigan by Re:View Contemporary, and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY where he is attending Pratt Institute as an MFA Candidate.
Ian Swanson – Brooklyn NY