First Friday Art: Blanket Statement — New Work by Claire Swinford
Join us for November’s First Friday art show at the Machine Shop! We are excited to present the the work of Claire Swinford and her show.
For the painter, a blanket is a magical device: draped over the human form, it obscures the familiar and reveals underlying truths (such as in Magritte’s *The Lovers*). By contrast, the blanket returns subjectivity to the painter’s model, asking him or her to engage in an act of imagination reminiscent of the way individuality is expressed in childhood: is it a disguise? a set of wings? a house? The result is a set of images that are at once representational and abstract, ingenuous and ambiguous, playful and strange.
*Blanket Statement: New Work by Claire Swinford* is the culmination of a three-month residency at *the Machine Shop*, a collaborative workspace for creative studios in eastern downtown Colorado Springs.
*One night only! *Opening reception is *6-9 p.m. on Friday, November 6, 2015* at 4 South Wahsatch Avenue.
Conor Bourgal of the Changing Colors will be playing at 7pm.
Subsequent viewings available by request through Nov. 30 — call 719/201-1630 for more information or to make a viewing appointment.
More information: https://www.jointhemachine.com/
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Trained as a French literary historian, Colorado artist Claire Swinford used her undergraduate studies at Whitworth University as a convenient excuse to sketch her way through the collections of art museums from Strasbourg to Paris to Nice. Working as an alt-news journalist, she interviewed painter Brett Andrus in 2012 and subsequently began to paint the subjects of her literary research as part of his atelier. She has exhibited her work at Black Cat, SPQR and, most recently, Rooted Studio.
More information: <https://claireswinford.wordpress.com/>