Marc Swanson: Beginning to See the Light, comprises artwork made for several different exhibitions over the last five years, reuniting in this context to present a broad overview of the artist’s œuvre. Swanson’s sculptures, paintings, installations, and video projects combine disparate references to art history, music, mythology, and his own personal lore, providing a body of work that explores ongoing themes such as autobiography, duality, and desire. For this exhibition, Swanson has embarked on a meditative process that is not merely a nostalgic portrait, a history, or a looking back, but a contemporary struggle forward to know one’s self, presenting us with an exquisitely vulnerable portrait of an artist.
Marc Swanson: Beginning to See the Light was organized and exhibited at the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum in the spring of 2007 before traveling to 21c Museum. The exhibition is curated by Miki Garcia, Executive Director at the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum in Santa Barbara, California.