Ian Swanson

b. Detroit, MI. Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

BFA - Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
MFA - Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

Solo exhibitions:
2017 -
"my tree stays tree", 315 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2016 -
"cynics milk", David Shelton Gallery, Houston, TX
2016 -
"our shallow psychic death", Simone DeSousa Gallery, Detroit
2016 -
"feels like feels", ashes/ashes, Los Angeles, CA
2015 - "a native fear..a featureless protagonist", D'agostino & Fiore, NYC
2013 - "studios pretty much an office rn", Welcome Screen, London
2012 - "/recent works", Simone DeSousa Gallery, Detroit, MI
2010 - "all visible objects", Starkweather Arts, Romeo, MI

two person exhibitions/collaborative projects:
2015 - "Christopher Samuels & Ian Swanson", Java Project, Brooklyn, NY
2015 - "Vital Shift in Central Observer", with Tao Kulczycki, Bosi, NYC
2014 - "or or and", with Ivana Basic, Free Paarking, St. Louis, MO
2014 - "trade in trade up", Silent Barn, Brooklyn, NY (w/objetosexual.info)
2014 - "ego drift", with Wendy Ross, WAKE, Detroit, MI
2013 - "SOULDRONE/SUPERDEMO", adultcontemporary.us, 888.669.0404, Los Angeles, CA (w/objetosexual.info)
2011 - "total id pigs", Re:View, Detroit, MI (w/Wendy Ross and Rachel Yezbick)
2010 - "741 hz", PCCA, Rochester, MI (w/Christopher Samuels)
2009 - "Debt Collective", Cass Cafe, Detroit, MI (w/Christopher Samuels)

Group Exhibitions :
"Chew Toy Attractors", 67, NYC
"Hard Cry", Lubov, NYC

"Ignorance is Rich", 67, NY
"Dychtopia", Mould Map 4, curated by New Scenario, Landfill Editions (print)
"Business as Usual", curated by Perce Jerrom, Turf Projects, London, UK
"F R I E N D S", w/Michael Pybus, Evelyn Yard, London, UK
"To Feel What I Am", Hap Gallery, Portland, OR
"Driveway 327", driveway327.com, curated by Troy Kreiner, Venice, CA
"Special Madness", curated by Keith J. Varadi, David Shelton Gallery, Houston, TX
"EDENunlimited.tbc/tbc", organized by coeval.gen.in, Berlin
"Progressive Regression", Relaax.in, internet
"Objects of Affection", curated by Alex Bienstock, gordilloscudder, Brooklyn, NY
"Hobby Group #1", Jo-Ann Fabrics, Allen Park, MI
"Restart/plugin", Former Mattress & Furniture Emporium, Glasgow, UK
"New Lavoro - episodes 1-3", a project by Dora Budor (video)
“Limits of Desire”, 71 Dunham, Brooklyn, NY
"Peekskill Project V", Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NY
"Aggro Crag", BOSI, NYC
"Excavation/Material", Ed. Varie, NYC
"Grid List", Allegra LaViola, NYC
"The Spaces in Between", Lost Coast Culture Machine, Fort Bragg, CA
"Magic and Mysticism", Anton Art Center, Mt. Clemens, MI
"Automobiles", Public Pool, Hamtramck, MI
"Swim Lane", 2739 Edwin, Hamtramck, MI
"I don't believe in art, I believe in artists" , Whitdel Arts, Detroit MI
"Version 2010" Co-prosperity Sphere, Chicago, IL
"Re:Collect", Re:View Gallery, Detroit MI
“Collected” , Anton Art Center, Mt. Clemens MI (collaboration with Chris Samuels)
"Replacements" , Museum of New Art, Pontiac MI
“Rigged“, 1354 Division Gallery, Detroit MI
“Detroit Loves Company“, Johanson Charles Gallery, Detroit MI
“Detroit Next“, Detroit Artist's Market, Detroit MI

Curatorial :
2014-present - founder and director of objetosexual.info
2013/14 - co-founder and associate director of hotelart.us
2010/11 - resident and curator at Northend Studios in Detroit.
2009/10 - co-founder of ORG contemporary in Detroit.
2007/08 - organized exhibitions as Debt Collective

Awards :
2011/12 Graduate Merit Scholarship - Pratt Institute

Bibliography :
"hotelart.us (interview)", BOMB magazine
“New American Paintings MFA Annual”, exhibition in print
"New American Paintings Midwest Edition #95"