Michael Swaney at L21 Gallery

Artist: Michael Swaney

Exhibition title: Here I am, here I am. How do you do?

Venue: L21 Gallery, Mallorca, Spain

Date: September 14 – November 2, 2018

Photography: all images copyright and courtesy of the artist and L21 Gallery, Mallorca

L21 is pleased to present the solo exhibition “Here I am, here I am. How do you do?” by the Canadian artist Michael Swaney. For this show, the artist brings together a number of recent works adding emphasis in the pictorial and drawing exploration. Irony and taste for the absurd fill both rooms of the gallery. His series of paintings “Finger Family” (2018), with a childish reminiscence, drives us through the repetition of forms, textures and colors, to the singularity of each member of this peculiar family.

Daddy finger, daddy finger, where are you?
Here I am, here I am
How do you do?

Mommy finger, mommy finger, where are you?
Here I am, here I am
How do you do?

Brother finger, brother finger, where are you?
Here I am, here I am
How do you do?

Sister finger, sister finger, where are you?
Here I am, here I am
How do you do?

Baby finger, baby finger, where are you?
Here I am, here I am
How do you do?

Michael Swaney was born in Kimberley, Canada, in 1978. He lives and works in Barcelona, Spain. He graduated at the Capilano University from Vancouver in 2000 and since then he’s developed an artistic practice based essentialy in the pictorial exploration. His last solo exhibitions have taken part in Charlotte Fogh (Aarhus), Rafael Pérez Hernando (Madrid) and Gnyp Gallery (Berlin). Recently, he has been part of group shows at The Dot Project (London), Needles And Pens and Ever Gold Projects (San Francisco).

Michael Swaney, Here I am, here I am. How do you do?, 2018, exhibition view, L21 Gallery, Mallorca

Michael Swaney, Here I am, here I am. How do you do?, 2018, exhibition view, L21 Gallery, Mallorca

Michael Swaney, Sharque, 2018, Ball point pen and oil pastel on paper, 29.50 x 20 cm

Michael Swaney, Lamina de Dibuix 1, 2018, Ball point pen and oil pastel on found drawing, 32 x 45 cm

Michael Swaney, Foice, 2018, Oil pastel and ballpoint pen on doily, 32 x 26 cm

Michael Swaney, Green Philly Cheese Face, 2018, Oil pastel and ballpoint pen on paper, 35 x 50 cm; Barrel clown, 2018, oil pastel and ball point pen on card, 28 x 16 cm

Michael Swaney, Detective Casteller, 2018, Acrylic, oil, spray paint, oil bar and oil pastel on canvas, 80 x 190 cm

Michael Swaney, Here I am, here I am. How do you do?, 2018, exhibition view, L21 Gallery, Mallorca

Michael Swaney, VIP hot-line, 2018, Acrylic, spray paint, oil bar and oil pastel on canvas, 150 x 190 cm

Michael Swaney, Finger Family (Polyptych), 2018, Mixed media on canvas, 190×170 cm each

Michael Swaney, Face pile, 2018, Oil pastel and ballpoint pen on paper tray, 22 x 28 cm

Michael Swaney, Here I am, here I am. How do you do?, 2018, exhibition view, L21 Gallery, Mallorca

Michael Swaney, Here I am, here I am. How do you do?, 2018, exhibition view, L21 Gallery, Mallorca

Michael Swaney, Here I am, here I am. How do you do?, 2018, exhibition view, L21 Gallery, Mallorca

Michael Swaney, Here I am, here I am. How do you do?, 2018, exhibition view, L21 Gallery, Mallorca

Michael Swaney, Here I am, here I am. How do you do?, 2018, exhibition view, L21 Gallery, Mallorca

Michael Swaney, Here I am, here I am. How do you do?, 2018, exhibition view, L21 Gallery, Mallorca

Michael Swaney, Sweater 1, 2018, Acrylic, oil, spray paint, oil bar and oil pastel on linen, 150 x 140 cm

Michael Swaney, Here I am, here I am. How do you do?, 2018, exhibition view, L21 Gallery, Mallorca

Michael Swaney, Here I am, here I am. How do you do?, 2018, exhibition view, L21 Gallery, Mallorca

Michael Swaney, Here I am, here I am. How do you do?, 2018, exhibition view, L21 Gallery, Mallorca

Michael Swaney, Here I am, here I am. How do you do?, 2018, exhibition view, L21 Gallery, Mallorca

Michael Swaney, Here I am, here I am. How do you do?, 2018, exhibition view, L21 Gallery, Mallorca

Michael Swaney, Sweater 4, 2018, Acrylic, oil, spray paint, oil bar and oil pastel on linen, 150 x 140 cm

Michael Swaney, Sweater 2, 2018, Acrylic, oil, spray paint, oil bar and oil pastel on linen, 150 x 140 cm

Michael Swaney, Finger Family (8th Hand), 2018, Acrylic, oil, spray paint, oil bar and oil pastel on linen, 150 x 140 cm

Michael Swaney, Sweater 3, 2018, Acrylic, oil, spray paint, oil bar and oil pastel on linen, 150 x 140 cm

Michael Swaney, Here I am, here I am. How do you do?, 2018, exhibition view, L21 Gallery, Mallorca

Michael Swaney, Here I am, here I am. How do you do?, 2018, exhibition view, L21 Gallery, Mallorca

Michael Swaney, Here I am, here I am. How do you do?, 2018, exhibition view, L21 Gallery, Mallorca

Michael Swaney, Here I am, here I am. How do you do?, 2018, exhibition view, L21 Gallery, Mallorca

Michael Swaney, Here I am, here I am. How do you do?, 2018, exhibition view, L21 Gallery, Mallorca

Michael Swaney, Here I am, here I am. How do you do?, 2018, exhibition view, L21 Gallery, Mallorca

Michael Swaney, Here I am, here I am. How do you do?, 2018, exhibition view, L21 Gallery, Mallorca

Michael Swaney, Here I am, here I am. How do you do?, 2018, exhibition view, L21 Gallery, Mallorca

Michael Swaney, Here I am, here I am. How do you do?, 2018, exhibition view, L21 Gallery, Mallorca

Michael Swaney, Here I am, here I am. How do you do?, 2018, exhibition view, L21 Gallery, Mallorca

Michael Swaney, Here I am, here I am. How do you do?, 2018, exhibition view, L21 Gallery, Mallorca

Michael Swaney, Finger Family (12th Hand), 2018, acrylic, spray paint, oil bar and oil pastel on canvas, 190 x 170 cm

Michael Swaney, Finger Family (10th Hand), 2018, Acrylic, spray paint, oil bar and oil pastel on canvas, 190h x 170w cm

Michael Swaney, Finger Family (11th Hand), 2018, acrylic, spray paint, oil bar and oil pastel on canvas, 190 x 170 cm

Michael Swaney, Finger Family (9th Hand), 2018, Acrylic, spray paint, oil bar and oil pastel on canvas, 190 x 170 cm

Michael Swaney, Finger Family (4th Hand), 2018, Acrylic, spray paint, oil bar and oil pastel on canvas, 190 x 170 cm

Michael Swaney, Here I am, here I am. How do you do?, 2018, exhibition view, L21 Gallery, Mallorca

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