Abstruction: The Sculpture of Erick Swenson

Honolulu Museum of Art; Honolulu, Hawaii
March 1 – July 28, 2018

From the Honolulu Museum of Art: 

The Honolulu Museum of Art presents the first major solo museum exhibition of Erick Swenson. Based in Dallas, Swenson creates labor-intensive sculptures from cast polyurethane resin. The degree of precision and detail necessary to create these works is truly awe-inspiring and a single sculpture can take up to two years to complete. 

But beyond the initial impressive display of skill and workmanship, lie complex ideas of history, the passage of time, and its effect on living beings. Creatures such as deer, snails, and humans, often depicted in death or distress, speak to the human condition of life as temporary and fleeting. These sculptures, however, capture not only the tragedy, but the complex beauty of nature. Swenson’s animals have undergone a transformation—into something that feels eternal, mystical, and universal.

This survey exhibition of 11 works includes two new sculptures, one of a hammerhead shark created expressly for the show that the museum has acquired. 

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