Print in the Public Sphere

March 31, 2010

Print in the Public Sphere : a conversation with artists Swoon and Jordan Seiler

Thursday, April 8, 6 pm
Tyler School of Art, B004
12th and Norris Streets, Lower Level South
Free and open to the Public

What does it mean to take art out of gallery spaces and embed creativity in public spaces? Independent curator Sheryl Conkelton will talk with artists Swoon and Jordan Seiler about their artwork and its placement beyond the gallery. The discssion is part of an ongoing series of events connected to  Philagrafika 2010: The Graphic Unconscious; a four month city-wide exhibit focused on print in the public sphere, issues of accessibility, collaboration  and audience.

Both Swoon and Seiler make public space their canvas. Seiler, who lives and works in New York, is inspired by his surroundings and public spaces. He  founded the Public Ad Campaign, which acts on the assumption that public space and the public’s interaction with that space is a vital component of a city’s health. By visually altering and physically interacting with the public environment, residents become psychologically invested in their community.

Swoon, who also lives and works in New York, creates  life-size, wheat-pasted prints of people, architecture, and motifs. Her recent collaborative projects include the Swimming Cities of Switchback Sea and Miss Rockaway Armada, and she has exhibited her prints and installations internationally, including at the Yerba Buena Center, Brooklyn Museum of Art, P.S. 1, and the Museum of Modern Art.

– Jazmyn Burton

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