Caledonia Curry, known as Swoon, is a contemporary artist and filmmaker recognized around the world for her pioneering vision of public artwork. Through intimate portraits, immersive installations, and multi-year community based projects, she has spent over 20 years exploring the depths of human complexity by mobilizing her artwork to fundamentally re-envision the communities we live in toward a more just and equitable world. She is best known as one of the first women Street Artists to gain international recognition in a male-dominated field, pushing the conceptual limits of the genre and paving the way for a generation of women Street Artists.
Over the past 10 years, she has founded and developed collaborative multi-year projects in Braddock and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; New Orleans, Louisiana; and Komye, Haiti, that address crises ranging from natural disasters to the opioid epidemic.
Curry has a long history of executing projects of ambitious scale and vision. The most notable is a series of floating sculptures and experimental living projects that include The Miss Rockaway Armada (Mississippi River, 2006-2007); Swimming Cities of Switchback Sea (Hudson River, 2008); and the Swimming Cities of Serenissima (Adriatic Sea), which crashed the 2009 Venice Biennale.
Curry has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in major museums and galleries around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1, New York; the Brooklyn Museum; the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; the Skissernas Museum, Lund, Sweden; MIMA Contemporary Art Museum, Brussels, Belgium; and Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Oaxaca, Mexico. Her first museum retrospective was The Canyon: 1999–2017 at the CAC Cincinnati. Her work is held in public and private collections including the Museum of Modern Art, Tate Modern, the Detroit Institute of Arts, and MASS MoCA.
Superchief Gallery NFT was proud to present "Cicada and Tymbal", a solo exhibition of stop-motion animated videos and stills in July 2021.
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In 2007, Swoon continued to explore cities, and also to carry on a tradition of street portraiture that attempts to capture people and the essence of the place they inhabit. This small edition focuses on an intimate crop of one of Swoon’s larger works, “Girl from Ranoon Provence”
Asunder Culture: a collection of works that represents the ephemeral anxiety & ecstasy of global culture & historical power structures being torn apart through strife & technological evolution.
Superchief Gallery NFT proudly presents "Cicada and Tymbal", a solo exhibition of stop-motion animated videos and stills that are available as NFTs by contemporary artist and activist Swoon, opening on Saturday, July 17th and on view through Thursday, July 22nd.
This exhibition, which serves as Swoon's debut solo outing with the gallery, takes the viewer on an immersive visual voyage into the artist's personal history with works that intertwine images from memory and mythology to signify metamorphosis and healing.
The eastern United States is currently witnessing billions of cicadas are appearing in the biggest emergence event since 2004. The insects are part of a group called Brood X, which has been subterranean for 17 years. They have emerged to mate, with the males emitting a loud, buzzing drone, flexing a drum-like organ called a tymbal. The submergence and subsequent emergence of the cicada represent the personal transformation of the artist Swoon.
“Thalassa” Inventory: 386 Size: 80 x 30 x 2.75 in Medium: Screenprint and hand painted acrylics on paper and wooden door. Creation Date: 2016
“Thalassa” The name Thalassa is Greek word for "ocean", a primordial incarnation of the sea that is not often personified. Thalassa is said to have given birth to all tribes of fish in the sea. She is the pull of the sea that comes from inside the salt water in our blood. “Thalassa was originally created for New Orleans. It was the months after the Deepwater Horizon exploded in the Gulf in 2010, and this body of water that I’d loved since I was a child was in peril. As I drew Thalassa surging up from the water I felt her rising like a wake up call, one reminds us of our inseparability from the sea. When I stand in front of the ocean, the word that always appears first in my mind is “mother”. For me there is no mistaking the sense that the sea is our first mother.”