Cole Swanson

Cole Swanson is an artist, educator, and curator based in Toronto. He holds a BA in Studio Art from the University of Guelph and an MA in Art History from the University of Toronto. Swanson has exhibited his works in solo and group exhibitions in international venues including those in the USA, China, Taiwan, India, and Italy. He is a two-time national fellowship winner through the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute (2007, 2014) for his research on miniature paintings and Jaipur school fresco techniques in Rajasthan.

At the heart of recent work is a posthumanist exploration of materials and their social, cultural, and biological histories. Embedded within art media and commonplace resources are complex relations between nature and culture, humans and other agents, consumers and the consumed. Swanson has engaged in a cross disciplinary practice using sound, installation, painting, and sculpture to explore interspecies relationships as they relate to complex coevolutionary systems.

Swanson has received support from several public agencies including the Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Toronto Arts Council, and the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute.

b. 1981, Calgary, AB. Lives and works in Toronto.

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Cole Swanson, Monument (detail), housefly, gold leaf, 2018. Image courtesy of the artist.

Cole Swanson, Monument (detail), gold leaf, 2018. Image courtesy of the artist.

Cole Swanson, Monument (detail), crane fly, gold leaf, 2018. Image courtesy of the artist.

Cole Swanson, Monument (detail), grasshopper, gold leaf, 2018. Image courtesy of the artist.

Cole Swanson, Monument (detail), dragonfly, gold leaf, 2018. Image courtesy of the artist.

Cole Swanson, Monument (detail), cicada, gold leaf, 2018. Image courtesy of the artist.

Cole Swanson, Tuesday Night Special, Chicken skeleton (Mammoth BBQ Chicken), blood, 24 carat gold leaf, 2013

Cole Swanson, Tuesday Night Special, Chicken skeleton (Mammoth BBQ Chicken), blood, 24 carat gold leaf, 2013



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