Friday, August 17, 2007

Swain Song

Scottish-based artist Tony Swain invites you into a strange world where all is familiar, yet altered. There is a closeness and intimacy in his work, which is perhaps owing to the materiality, the matte colors and the tactility of the newspaper. But perhaps the intimacy is constructed out of the particulars Swain introduces into each compositions, specifics which feel very routine, even as, in their new configuration, they are quite alien. All in all, there is a fresh, unexpected appeal in Swain's work.