14 January – 19 February
@ Modern Art, London
"Form here is a container not only for ideas,
but for the expression of the idea of forms themselves."
Make-do Suite 2010
seven patinated bronze elements, oak table
"Swallow’s evocative objects present themselves as the introduction or precursor to narrative and external references. As ever, Swallow is informed by the influences of art history – however in this new body of work we see a synthesis of his own distinctive manner brought to a reading of Californian modernism, British modern ceramics, and a wider recollection of vessel forms in painting and sculpture as the basis for both abstract and figurative gestures."
"The accumulation not only of pieces from which objects are formed, but of sets of objects themselves, reveals a collectors logic: of making sense of things through the meticulous accumulation, placement and reorganisation of parts. The improvised forms of these new sculptures continue Swallow’s engagement with the still life tradition, arranging and preserving a concentration of forms. The ever-present dynamic of verisimilitude in Swallow’s sculpture is further complicated in these new pieces as his emphasis shifts to building a sculptural idea of a vessel, for example, from fragments, embedding the process of replication more deeply within the act of making. Form here is a container not only for ideas, but for the expression of the idea of forms themselves."
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(I was lucky enough to see these new pieces before they left for London! All you lucky Londoners, don't miss this show. )