Ricky Swallow. Sand in my joints

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Modern Art is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of new work by Ricky Swallow at its Bury Street gallery. This
is Swallow’s fifth solo exhibition with Modern Art.

Ricky Swallow’s sculptures begin with ordinary, domestic materials that are then cast in bronze to create carefully
honed final objects. For over two decades, Swallow has explored the process of conversion that takes place when
an object or combination of materials becomes a sculpture. His initial objects are always made by hand; their
tactile imperfections enduring into the casting process. Once cast at the foundry, Swallow’s bronzes continue to
be worked on in the studio, his participation a critical part of maintaining connection and control over the final form
of the work. Latent references to painting, and specifically the Dutch still life tradition, resonate both in the
figurative dimensions of his work as well as in its conceptual underpinnings. But these references are never
uncomplicated, the trompe-l’œil effect for instance, present in Swallow’s work since its beginning, has always been
a means to an end – an attention trap, or a way to slow down perception and experience – rather than an end in
itself. What becomes important is the tactility and physical presence of the sculptural components, a registered
and experienced behaviour of the elements comprising each piece.

Both in its process and in its figurative content, painting remains a clear reference in Swallow’s new body of work
for Modern Art, which can broadly be divided into two groups; one given the name ‘Calendars’, and the other
‘Skewed Reliefs’. Wall-based and hung at eye level, each of these works is made as a gridded or lattice wooden
shaped structure with rope interwoven into it in various formations, and then cast in bronze; the movement
inherent in their original forms and materials suspended in space. While the gridded structures are patinated, the
cast ropes are intricately hand-painted by Swallow over time, a process reflecting the meditative experience of
being in the room with them. From piece to piece, the ropes looping and curving in different compositions, almost
like musical scores of varying density, lyricism, and gravity; their shadows like an echo carrying equal weight.
Swallow’s new works bring together his interests in certain histories of painting, with Minimalist objects, as well as
commonplace architectural fixtures and fittings such as the dynamism of a concertina structure, or the visual
arrangement of duration in a wall calendar.

Ricky Swallow lives and works in Los Angeles, California, USA. He was born in San Remo, Victoria, Australia in
1974. In 2005 Swallow represented Australia at the 51st Venice Biennale and was included in the 2014 Whitney
Biennial. Swallow’s work has been the subject of solo and two-person institutional exhibitions including at The
Huntington Library, San Marino, CA, USA (2012); The National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, VIC, Australia (2009);
The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Ireland (2007); Kunsthalle Vienna, Vienna, Austria (2007); Art Gallery of
Western Australia, Perth, WA, Australia (2006); and MoMA PS1, New York, NY, USA (2006). His work has been
included in exhibitions at the Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, GA, USA (2021); Ahmanson Gallery, Irvine, CA, USA
(2019); The Michael Buxton Centre of Contemporary Art (MBCOCA), Parkville, Australia (2018); Musée des Arts
Décoratifs, Paris, France (2017); National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, VIC, Australia (2017, 2011, 2005, 2004);
The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2014); Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, NSW, Australia (2010, 2006);
Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO, USA (2008, 2007); Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama, Japan (2007); Dunedin
Public Art Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand (2006); Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, QLD, Australia (2005); and
The Institute of Contemporary Art, ICA, Boston, MA, USA (2005).

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