“Bronze,” Ricky Swallow has said, “is a kind of beautiful alchemical wizardry.” His cast-bronze sculptures press this durable and refined material into service to lend permanence to ephemeral and humble objects—constructions the artist makes primarily of cardboard. In turn, these constructions often reference domestic forms, such as pottery, chair backs, and guitars, as well as elements from architecture and decorative arts. The found cardboard that he uses shows signs of wear and of his provisional methods of construction, courting an appearance of casual composition that is contradicted by the experimentation and craft invested in his sculpture practice. Alluding to ceramic glazes or the surface of plaster or pewter, the patinas of Swallow’s bronzes become intrinsic to the objects’ materiality while making them materially ambiguous. His sculptures are the “preserved gestures” of everyday objects, re-presented so that new formal characteristics and aesthetic qualities can be made visible.
Ricky Swallow’s work is on view in the Museum’s fourth floor galleries.
Academy Records and Matt Hanner
Ei Arakawa and Carissa Rodriguez
Robert Ashley and Alex Waterman
Lisa Anne Auerbach
Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Véréna
Paravel, and Sensory Ethnography Lab
Critical Practices Inc.
Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst
Radamés “Juni” Figueroa
Gaylen Gerber with David Hammons,
Sherrie Levine, and Trevor Shimizu
Tony Greene curated by Richard
Hawkins and Catherine Opie
Yve Laris Cohen
My Barbarian (Malik Gaines, Jade Gordon
and Alexandro Segade)
Sara Greenberger Rafferty
Steve Reinke with Jessie Mott
Valerie Snobeck and Catherine Sullivan
Charline von Heyl
David Foster Wallace