John Swanger

Region: West


City / State: Austin, TX

I make series of abstract, process-based paintings, objects, and works on paper. I’ve long had an interest in exploring the forms, materials, and meanings of abstraction. Most of my recent series derive from simple (often overlooked) actions. These include crumpling paper, walking through puddles, and scattering objects. From this kind of starting point, I make parameters for the work, and improvise within them. I’m interested in the elemental qualities of materials and the visual. Silence, ritual, and empty space, along with sameness and difference, figure prominently in my work.