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Julianne Swartz: ‘How Deep is Your’ Exhibit at the IMA

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By Candace Gwaltney
Indianapolis Museum of Art

The Indianapolis Museum of Art announced recently that it will present an exhibition featuring multi-disciplinary artist Julianne Swartz’s work in photography, sculpture, installation, and sound, gathering together for the first time a significant group of her large-scale installations. Julianne Swartz: How Deep Is Your will be on view in the McCormack Forefront Galleries and other unexpected locations within the museum March 14 through June 15, 2014.

Acclaimed for her unique blend of high and low tech materials, Swartz makes the presence of the viewer fundamental to her work in images, objects and architecturally sensitive installations. She employs lenses that transform mundane objects and hidden locations into magical moving pictures, mirrors that disorient a viewer’s spatial perception and self-awareness, and PVC tubing that allow buildings to communicate with their inhabitants.

“Since commissioning a major sound installation from Swartz in 2008, we have personally witnessed how engaging the public finds her work. Julianne Swartz: How Deep Is Your is the perfect exhibition for us at this time as the IMA works hard to make the visitor experiences on our campus truly extraordinary.  Our guests will simply love interacting with Swartz’s work,” said  Dr. Charles L. Venable, The Melvin & Bren Simon Director and CEO.

The way in which ideas take material form in Swartz’s work eludes easy definitions and labels. Swartz writes of her work that she is seeking to foreground undervalued qualities such as “the perceptual, the experiential, the introspective, the emotional, and interdependence within a community.” A refreshing current of sincerity and hope informs all of Swartz’s practice, and her deceptively simple arrangements of materials often result in profound observations about society, power, or human nature. How Deep Is Your will offer visitors of all ages the thrill of a conceptual scavenger hunt, as well as a thorough introduction to this groundbreaking contemporary artist .

“Swartz is an incredibly talented and intelligent artist. Her work imbues minimalist forms with deep emotional content,” remarked exhibition curator Rachael Arauz. “The opportunity to gather her work in all media as well as reconstruct some of her major large-scale installations offers new insights into her complex engagement with themes of interactivity, materiality, and human experience.”

Exhibition Organization and Support

Julianne Swartz: How Deep Is Your is organized by the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Boston, Mass., and the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, Ariz., and curated by Rachael Arauz.

Major support for the exhibition and catalogue were made possible by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation.

Exhibition Catalogue

Julianne Swartz: How Deep Is Your is accompanied by the largest publication about the artist to date, featuring essays by Rachael Arauz and former SMoCA curator Cassandra Coblentz and texts by Janine Antoni, Sharon Corwin, Tim Davis, Bec Garland, Byron Kim, Stephen Lichty, Jenny Monick, Judy Pfaff, Barbara Smith, David Levi Strauss, Jonathan Van Dyke and Emily Weiner.

About Julianne Swartz

Swartz has exhibited widely, including site-specific commissions for the New Museum, Tate Liverpool, and the Tang Museum, and group shows at P.S. 1/MoMA, the Aldrich Museum, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, and Ballroom Marfa. She was included in the 2004 Whitney Biennial, and has had solo exhibitions at the Jewish Museum, the Colby College Museum and the Indianapolis Museum of Art. She is represented by Mixed Greens and Josée Bienvenu Gallery in New York and the Lisa Sette Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ.

The IMA first introduced Swartz to local audiences in 2008 when it commissioned her aural sculpture Terrain. Terrain is now part of the IMA’s permanent collection and is on view in the Floor 4 contemporary galleries.

For more information, visit http://imamuseum.org/, or call 317-923-1331.

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