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Paul Swenbeck

b. 1967
Lives and Works in Philadelphia

Paul Swenbeck's work combines sculpture, painting, and photography to create installations that filter craft and occult and spiritual themes through his own idiosyncratic perspective. Swenbeck grew up in Salem, Massachusetts a town synonymous with the witch trial hysteria of Colonial America. His works are found in the West Collection, Oaks, PA, and The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York. Exhibitions include Dirt on Delight: Impulses that Form Clay at The Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, and The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, and during Locally Localized Gravity at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia. He and his wife, Joy Feasley, built a solar oven in a greenhouse for use in a celebration of the pagan holiday Imbolc. Swenbeck graduated with a degree in ceramics from Massachusetts College of Art in 1991.

1991 B.F.A. Ceramics Massachusetts College of Art
1986–7 Boston University

Public Collections
The West Collection
The Altoids Curiously Strong Collection

Solo Shows

  • Paul Swenbeck: (Un)Earthed, Exhibitions Program at Philadelphia International Airport, Philadelphia, PA
  • Holothurians Purring, Fleisher/Ollman, Philadelphia 
  • Dor and Oranur, Fleisher/Ollman Gallery Philadelphia, PA
  • Shaker Legend-Trip, Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
  • Mocha Dick in the Invisible World, Fleisher/Ollman Gallery Philadelphia, PA
  • Specter of the Brocken, Morris Gallery, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
  • Buzzkill, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA

Group Shows

  • We Pain, LUMP, Raleigh 
  • Tiger TIger, Salon 94 Bowery, New York, NY 
  • The Nothing That Is, curated by Bill Thelen and Jason Polan, CAM Raleigh, Raleigh, NC 
  • A Hatchet to Kill Old Ugly, Collaboration with Joy Feasley, New Temporary Contemporary, The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA 
  • Clay at Penn: Pervasive Clay, Charles Addams Fine Arts Gallery, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 
  • New Wine New Bottle, Fleisher/Ollman, Philadelphia, PA 
  • Blasphemy and Devotion: Redefining the Spiritual in Art, Delaware County Community College, Media, PA
  • Moons of a Dewdrop, Collaboration with Joy Feasley, Adams and Ollman, Portland, OR
  • Night Shade in the Blue Hour, The Clay Studio, Missoula, MT (two-person exhibition with Andrea Marquis)
  • Earth and Alchemy, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA 
  • Partially Buried, JTT, New York
  • 60/60, Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia 
  • Contemporary Clay,  RH Gallery, New York, NY
  • Midwinter,  Columbia College, Chicago, IL
  • Man, Myth, and Magic, Bambi Projects, Philadelphia, PA
  • Heaven on Earth, Little Berlin, Philadelphia, PA
  • Art Chicago, Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, New York, NY
  • Dirt on Delight: Impulses That Form Clay, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA
  • The Armory Show, Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, New York, NY
  • One Gray Grass, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA
  • Locally Localized Gravity, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA
  • Vernacular Spectacular, Meyerson Galleries, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  • a long green hour, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA
  • Very Early Pictures, Luckman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • summer friends with new roses, Temple Gallery, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA
  • Scarab, Lump Projects, Raleigh, NC
  • The Big Nothing, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA
  • Your Heart is No Match for My Love, The Soap Factory, Minneapolis, MN
  • Off the Wagon, Space 1026, Philadelphia, PA
  • Glossing, 1R Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • Bad Touch, Keith Talent Gallery, London, UK
  • The Other Tradition, Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
  • In a Silent Way, Mainline Art Center, Philadelphia, PA
  • Griezzel Greedigut, Lump Projects, Raleigh, NC
  • Dreamscapes, Abington Art Center, Jenkintown, PA
  • Get Out, Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA
  • Ostara, The Project Room, Philadelphia, PA