Swainston Rob

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Instalation shot for 'Centennial' at Vox Populi; 2009
'Centennial'; woodblock print on paper, 10'x 36" panels, installed dimensions variable; 2010
'Recombinant Histories'; woodblock and drawing on paper with steel, lights, fans, and wires; a moving installation piece; 2008
'Triumphal Arch'; installed at CANADA Gallery; mixed media installation lite by video projection; 2008
Portapocalypse II; woodblock and silkscreen on paper, installation dimensions variable; here 30' x12'; 2005
Artist's Statement

Rob Swainston mixes printmaking, installation, sculpture, drawing and video in an exploration of social and historical processes. Because Swainston works large and in multiples he can cut up, overprint, combine, repeat and reassemble work in multiple ways. He is constantly rebuilding and reassembling work while adding new components and destroying old. For him, this process is analogous to how our social world is constructed.

Rob Swainston has exhibited his work at the Fredrick Snitzer Gallery, Miami; Vox Populi, Philadelphia; CANADA gallery, NYC; and the Queens Museum of Art, NYC. Rob is a cofounder and master printer of Prints of Darkness, a collaborative printmaking studio in Brooklyn, NY and participated in Philagrafika 2010. Rob lives and works in New York City where he recently had a solo show (February 5 thru March 13) at BravinLee Programs.



Born and raised in rural Pennsylvania, Rob made his first relief print "Hippopotamus" at age five. He studied art and political science at Hampshire College in Amherst MA, and subsequently lived and worked in Central Europe, pursuing postgraduate studies in political science at Budapest’s Central European University. He received his MFA from Columbia University in 2006 and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2007. Rob is a cofounder and master printer of Prints of Darkness, a collaborative printmaking studio in Brooklyn, NY. He has also worked as a master printer and taught printmaking at Columbia University. Rob is an alumnus of the Philadelphia art collective Vox Populi. He lives and works in New York City, where he is currently participating in the Marie Walsh Sharpe Studio Program.