September 13 - 17, 2017
Drawing from collective narrative and imagination, Eleanor Swordy’s paintings reveal the experience of being awake, both at once in awe of the natural world, while situated in a sociopolitical horror.
Initially drawing in the viewer with saturated colors and seductive shapes, these works reflect a more ominous truth. The tactility of varied, expressive, often sculptural mark making exaggerates the blurred boundary between figuration and abstraction.
Reticent drama unfolds. Warped or skewed perspective exaggerates, squarely placing the viewer as pseudo-participant within a complex narrative. Ambiguity adds both tension and universality in experience; exasperation and ambivalence volley at odds.
Eleanor Swordy (b. 1987, Paris, France) received her BFA from The Cooper Union. Her work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Moskowitz Bayse and Full Haus in Los Angeles, and has been included in group presentations at Moskowitz Bayse, TYS Gallery in Copenhagen, and The Hand, The Old School House, ABC No Rio, Robert Goff Gallery, and Envoy Gallery in New York. Her works were featured in both the 2012 and 2010 Brucennial exhibitions, organized by the Bruce High Quality Foundation. She lives and works in New York.