Wow, super proud of the Braddock Tiles project for being included in new affordable housing currently being created in Pittsburgh. The Community Land Trust is a part of a pilot program aimed at creating home ownership opportunities for residents who otherwise would be unable to take on the financial burden. Go @kiln_tender and @kayteeekay @theheliotropefoundation @braddocktiles
Digging through the crates! Very first linoleum block prints from 1999. My upcoming retrospective is gonna need some support from the wider family to help us do the added layer of work involved in repairing, recreating, and pulling up old works from the archives. To that end we're launching a site sometime next week called the "Archivist's Circle" which will host works, small and large, representative of each year since 1999, the funds from which will go to helping us complete this circle and make an installation that's also a living record. @cincycac
Philadelphia, 2015. This project with Philly Mural Arts was some of the most personally meaningful work I've ever done, and it looks like we're gonna keep going, and expand the work with another project in Kensington in 2018.
Drawing stages, new lino block portrait.
Portrait closeup, linoleum block carving in progress.
New lino carving
Hong Kong tram. Photo by @julgoet
Postponement announcement! Archivist's Circle is still getting her spit polish on, and so this print release, along with the rest of her historical treasure trove will now be released on Friday. Here's the details on the upcoming print release from the site: "In 2011 Swoon’s 18ft light and shadow sculpture “Ice Queen” was created as a part of Jeffrey Deitch’s landmark LA MOCCA exhibition, “Art in the Streets”. This silk screen print edition features an adaptation of the Ice Queen intermixed with imagery from various stages of Swoon’s work to create a delicate and dreamlike tapestry.
1 color screenprint on heavyweight rag
Size: 26″ x 22.5″
Signed edition of 75
Allow 2 weeks for production and shipping "
We're getting so close to locating everything for the show! How about this one? Any friends, family or collectors out there have a version of this old wood block print that they'd like to lend for the @cincycac retrospective this September? If so contact [email protected]
Archivist's Circle will go live tomorrow! Currently the studio is hard at work building a site that is a resource for work that spans the entirety of 1999-2017, and, in doing so, will help us support the creation of an upcoming retrospective exhibition that does the same. We will keep you posted with more details tomorrow.
Question: As I'm preparing for the CAC retrospective, there are a few pieces that we still haven't found. I've gotten lots of things back from old shows that were sitting in storage, and things back on loan from friends, but this woodblock print, as well as one of an old man sitting on a milk crate, and a bicycle delivery portrait are all still lost somewhere in the ether. If anyone has any paper versions of these, or even the original wood block and you'd like to lend it to the show, please contact [email protected] We'd be most grateful. 🌟
Silk screen print going live this Thursday on our "Archivist's Circle" site. We are building the Archivist's Circle in support of my upcoming retrospective this September, more news in a couple days as everything comes together. @cincycac
"The Devouring" painted silk screen (linoleum block print adaptation), on pulp printed hand made paper.
Scale modeling my upcoming solo show. I'm finding myself inexorably drawn to creating a piece that completely terrifies me. Making it and sharing it with the world are each a major step in facing fears. Whew, we'll see how it goes. I've learned so much just in the ideation phases.
Interior view of Monique's house in Haiti, with a new handrail leading up to a lofted sleeping area. The geometry of the "super-adobe" building style dictates that the ceilings must be as high as the space is wide, and so the two post-earthquake structures we created using this technique both have unusually soaring interiors. @theheliotropefoundation @creativetimenyc
Prep sketch for an etching from 2008. Photo by @maxfenton
Summer time group show up at @allouchegallery. Thanks again Allouche and @sandrewmelbs For being such a supportive part of my larger creative path with all its twists and turns!
Aaaaaaand she's down. Thank you Detroit, @diadetroit and @librarystreetcollective for finding Thalassa a permanent home. She's packing away for safety, but she's part of the permanent collection so we'll see her again some day. Photo by @eljefe313
SF wheat paste, photo by @mari.francille
"Varanasi" my newest Heliotrope print is gonna be releasing tomorrow at @nocommissionofficial in Berlin. This print is a portrait of a person and a place. There were a few years that I spent constantly traveling and trying to absorb the logic of cities. I visited the archeological city of Petra in Jordan and I knew the instant that the narrow canyon entranceway opened out into the city's carved facades that cities themselves might be our greatest works of art. I walked the back clols of Bangkok trying to feel out the organic logic of a city still forming itself, and figuring out how to translate that fractalling logic into sculptures and installations. And Varanasi - this place felt to me like the human brain (or at least my human brain), had transposed itself into a city, like the mind had become an external maze that your own body could move through. Ancient ancient ancient and familiar. And the man in the portrait, who's name I never got, he called himself the Helicopter - he was hilarious and dazzlingly alive at an incredibly old age, and beatific in his slight madness, and he shared the joy of his city with me in such a way that when I tried to process what I had seen and felt, his face was the one that beamed through.