SWOON “Honeycomb”

SNOW Contemporary is proud to announce the launch of the SWOON exhibition from April 4th 2012 (Fri) to May 20th (Sun).

SWOON, based in New York, Brooklyn, is a leading artist in the field of street art with a worldwide reputation. Born in 1977 in the state of Connecticut, she moves to New York in 1998 in order to learn art. There, she learns the Renaissance style portrait drawing, but soon she discovers street art which allows her to express herself in a way more connected to her contemporary society.

Street art is said to be born in the beginning of the 70’s, but at the time, the artists were drawing tags (the artist’s name) with a spray on the walls of the city, and graffiti were a sort of style competition and the main way of expression. But from the 90’s on, the techniques diversify and many artists start using posters, stencils or sculptures instead of spray. Among them, SWOON establishes her own original style by making cut paper creations that she disseminates over the city, and her name spreads quickly in the sphere of street art. The characters she depicts are people living around her, starting with her friends and acquaintances, but she depicts them in a delicate but also bold way that evokes the inner beauty of each individual.


2012.4.27 FRI – 5.20 SUN 12:00 – 20:00 *closed on Mondays / closed at 18:00 on Sundays and National Holidays
opening reception : 4.27 FRI 18:00 - 20:00

venue : XYZ collective(SNOW Contemporary) / 1F 2-30-20 Tsurumaki, Setagaya, Tokyo

SWOON “Honeycomb”

Recently, other than showing her creations on the streets, she had been actively participating in exhibitions in museums and galleries, and departing from the two-dimensional expression of her early period, she is now experimenting with installations and sculptures making full use of the whole exhibition space. Today, SWOON’s creations are part of the collections of the New York MoMA, the Tate Modern, the Los Angeles MOCA, the PS1, etc., and her talent is highly praised even amongst the world of fine art

Moreover, without contenting herself with exhibitions, SWOON also shows a strong social concern. Amongst others, she has participated to a project for which her and her teammates made a boat out of NY garbage and slipped into the Venice Triennale, and she has also traveled to places that have been stricken by natural disasters such as New Orleans or Haiti, in order to conduct projects to help those areas.

For this exhibition entitled "Honeycomb", we will present in exclusivity SWOON's new and ambitious creation. We hope that you will enjoy SWOON’s original world at the same time very powerful and full of a delicate feeling of love.

photo : Keizo Kioku

SWOON – biography

Born 1977, New London, Connecticut
Lives and works in Brooklyn

2012 solo exhibition (upcoming)“HONEYCOMB” SNOW Contemporary, Tokyo
2011 group exhibition “Inside Out Outside In” Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
solo exhibition “Anthropocene” The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Massachussettes commissioned sculpture “Thalassa” New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, Louisiana group exhibition “Art in the Streets” Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
2010 project “Konbit Shelters, Phase #2” Barrier Juedy, Haiti solo exhibition “Fata Morgana” Galerie L.J, Paris project “Konbit Shelters” Barrier Juedy, Haiti
2009 “Swimming Cities of Serenissima”, Venice Biennale
2008 solo exhibition “Swimming Cities of Switchback Sea” Deitch Projects, Long Island City
group exhibition “The Way That We Rhyme” Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco
solo exhibition “Drown Your Boats” New Image Art Gallery, Los Angeles 2007 group exhibition “The Burning House” New Image Art Gallery, Los Angeles 2005 solo exhibition “SWOON” Art Basel Miami Beach, Florida
solo exhibition “SWOON” Deitch Projects, New York
group exhibition “Greater New York” P.S. 1 Contemporary Arts Center, New York group exhibition “Project Backjumps Part 2” Kunstraum Kreuzberg, Berlin
2004 group exhibition “Good World” Publico, Cinncinnatti
group exhibition “Something Else” The Vinyl Factory, London
2003 group exhibition “Project Backjumps” Kunstraum Kreuzberg, Berlin 2002 group exhibition “Swoon loves Solovei”, Berlin

Museum of Modern Art
Brooklyn Museum of Art
Tudor Investments
Tate Modern
P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center Massachusettes Museum of Contemporary Art Deitch Projects
Institute of Contemporary Art Boston
Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art New Orleans Museum of Art