RISD Glass: Brett Swenson, 12/07/17, 1:10PM, Old Library

Brett Swenson

Wednesday, December 7, 1:10pm
Old Library, College Building 521 

Brett Swenson’s practice explores the mutability of memory and perception in search of unseen connections between natural and constructed environments. Working in sculpture, video, photography, and installation, he embeds improbable human signatures within natural and geologic systems. His works manifest uncanny juxtapositions of the mundane and the phenomenal, evidence of something that can’t be dreamed.

Brett received his BFA in Glass from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2010. He has been awarded fellowships and residencies from the Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center of New Jersey, Pioneer Works Center for Art and Innovation in Brooklyn, NY, Ramdom Association’s “DEFAULT ‘15” workshop in Gagliano Del Capo, Italy, Urban Glass’s Studio Residency program in Brooklyn, NY, and Residency Unlimited in Brooklyn, NY. Brett was a 2015 nominee for the Rema Hort Mann Foundation’s Emerging Artist Grant. Recent solo exhibitions include Potential Difference, Agnes Varis Art Center at Urban Glass, Brooklyn, NY (2014), as well as group exhibitions Paracosm, Norte Maar, Brooklyn (2016) SIKKA Art Fair, Dubai, UAE (2016), Perched in the Eye of a Tornado, Ying Space, Beijing (2015), A Personal Thing, 184 Project Space, Brooklyn, NY (2014) Come Together: Surviving Sandy, Industry City, Brooklyn, NY (2013), Body And Material, Greenpoint Film Festival, Brooklyn, NY (2012), Fractured, performance at the Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA (2011), {Superposition}, Hyperopia Projects, Seattle, WA (2011), Art Here Art Now, University of Chicago/HyPa, Chicago, IL (2011), The Post-Glass Video Festival, Heller Gallery, New York, NY (2010), A Thin Veneer, RISD Museum, Providence, RI (2009). Brett is currently based in Brooklyn, NY.

Brett Swenson, Glass, Lecture, Old Library

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