Studio tour: Johnny Swing
BMAC hosts cookout and tour at sculptor Johnny Swing's workshop, June 9
BRATTLEBORO — In the latest installment of its "Hidden in the Hills" series, the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (BMAC) will host a cookout and studio tour at the Brookline, Vermont workshop of sculptor Johnny Swing on Saturday, June 9, at 1 p.m. Best known for his dazzling coin furniture and other objects made from U.S. currency, Swing will demonstrate his longstanding practice of transforming massive steel rods into twisted works of art. The event is free but open to BMAC members only. To register or to become a member of the museum, visit brattleboromuseum.org or call 802-257-0124, ext. 101.
Originally from Salisbury, Conn., Johnny Swing graduated from Skidmore College with a B.S. in Fine Arts, attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and then obtained his Class 1 Structural Steel Welding License. He spent the first part of his career on New York's Lower East Side exhibiting sculptures and furniture made from salvaged industrial materials before moving to Vermont in 1995. Swing's coin furniture can be found in the permanent collections of notable institutions around the world, including Storm King Art Center and Chatsworth House, home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire.
For a recent exhibition of his work at the Bundy Modern in Waitsfield, Swing wrote, "First, it needs to be entertaining; second, it needs to spark curiosity, so that it creates a dialogue with the viewer; and third, it should have a formal quality, so that when the work is or approximates furniture, it must be comfortable."
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