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Paul Swenbeck

b. 1967, Salem, MA; lives and works Philadelphia, PA

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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.



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News

Artforum: Joy Feasley and Paul Swenbeck

Bea Huff Hunter reviews Out, Out, Phosphene Candle at the John MIchael Kohler Arts Center

 

Joy Feasley, Paul Swenbeck

Sep 05, 2018

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Edith Newhall on ‘Party in the Front’ in the Inquirer

Party in the Front

Jul 12, 2018

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Out, Out, Phosphene Candle

Video interview with Paul Swenbeck and Joy Feasley at Kohler Arts Center

Mar 27, 2018

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Joy Feasley and Paul Swenbeck at Kohler Arts Center

Out, Out Phosphene Candle

John Michael Kohler Art Center

Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Feb 25–Sep 02, 2018

 

Photo: Kohler Co., John Michael Kohler Arts Center

Feb 27, 2018

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The Secret Staircase

Adams and Ollman
Portland, OR
Jul 15–Aug 13, 2016

 

Including: Charles BurchfieldJoy FeasleyJohanna JacksonChris JohansonPaul SwenbeckAgatha Wojciechowsky 

Jul 15, 2016

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Sarah Gamble and Paul Swenbeck

Gamble and Swenbeck are both included in Cam Raleigh's group exhibition, 'The Nothing That Is: Chapter 1 DDDRRRAAAWWWIIINNNGGG,' curated by Bill Thelen and Jason Polan.

CAM Raleigh, Raleigh, NC
June 5–September 7, 2015

Jul 29, 2015

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Paul Swenbeck: (Un)Earthed

Paul Swenbeck's (Un)Earthed is on view for ticketed passengers in Terminal A-West at the Philadelphia International Airport, through January 2016.

Jul 29, 2015

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Paul Swenbeck at Salon 94

Swenbeck is included in:

 

Tiger Tiger
Salon 94 Bowery
Jul 07–Aug 21, 2015

 

Michael Assiff, Jules de Balincourt, Brian Belott, Katherine Bernhardt, Karin Gulbran, Shara Hughes, Marc Hundley, Misaki Kawai, Makiko Kudo, Nikki Maloof, Ryan Mrozowsky, Nicolas Party, David Benjamin Sherry, Yutaka Sone, Paul Swenbeck

Jul 29, 2015

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Press for Paul Swenbeck and Joy Feasley

Feasley and Swenbeck's collaborative installation A Hatchet to Kill Old Ugly at the Fabric Workshop and Museum's New Temporary Contemporary, is an Artforum Critics' Pick.

Nov 19, 2014

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Paul Swenbeck and Joy Feasley: A Hatchet to Kill Old Ugly

This collaborative installation of paintings, ceramics, furniture, sculpture and interior decor by Paul Swenbeck and Joy Feasley is inspired by Shaker spirit drawings and magic. The exhibition derives its title from a Shaker name for the Devil—“Old Ugly”—seen in spirit drawings, which the Shakers created to describe symbols seen in visions.

 

Fabric Workshop and Museum
The New Temporary Contemporary
1222 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107-2816
October 2, 2014–January 4, 2015

Oct 15, 2014

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Begin Where You Are

Icebox Project Space at Crane Arts

1400 N. American St., Philadelphia

Aug 14–Sep 13, 2014

 

Curated by Timothy Belknap, Ryan McCartney and Anna Neighbor, Begin Where You Are features 32 Philadelphia-based artists, including Anthony Campuzano, Sarah Gamble, Becky Suss and Paul Swenbeck.

Aug 15, 2014

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Press for Joan Nelson and Paul Swenbeck

Jennie Hirsh reviews Joan Nelson and Paul Swenbeck in Art in America.

artinamericamagazine.com

Mar 16, 2012

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Paul Swenbeck at Columbia College

Paul Swenbeck's work is included in MIDWINTER: Embrace The Darkness at Columbia College Chicago. MIDWINTER is the day on the calendar when there is the least amount of daylight and the longest period of night. It is on this day when the balance between light and dark swings decidedly in favor of the dark. Inspired by this time of year, the group exhibition MIDWINTER: Embrace The Darkness is curated by Justin Witte and will highlight the work of artists who pull from the notion of darkness, not only in its absence of light, but in its references to that which is invisible, unknowable or ignored. Participating artists include: Dana Carter, Joy Feasley, Roxane Hopper, Irena Knezevic, Michael Robinson and Craig Yu.

The exhibition at the Glass Curtain Gallery opens on January 24 and runs through March 2, 2011.

Jan 17, 2011

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Paul Swenbeck and Nick Lenker at Bambi Gallery, Philadelphia

Gallery artist Paul Swenbeck and Nick Lenker present collaborative works at Bambi Gallery, Philadelphia. The exhibition, "Man, Myth, and Magic," runs from April 1 to 25.

Apr 01, 2010

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Paul Swenbeck at ICA Philadelphia

Gallery artist, Paul Swenbeck, will be included in the ICA Philadelphia's show, 'Dirt on Delight: Impulses that Form Clay' opening January 16th and running through July 12, 2009. The show will present the work of twenty-three artists who have created significant work in clay. The artists in 'Dirt on Delight' run across the full spectrum of conventional delineations between fine arts, crafts and outsider practices. Eugene Von Bruenchenhein is also included in the exhibition.

Dec 22, 2008

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