BIOGRAPHY

Born in Chicago, Illinois, 1978
currently lives and works in Denver and Boulder, Colorado

Joel Swanson lives in Denver and works in Boulder, Colorado. Swanson explores the structure and technology of language, it’s materiality, modes of classification, and glitches in linguistic systems. His work ranges from digital art and sculpture, to interactive installations that playfully and powerfully merge words with meanings.

Swanson teaches courses on typography, digital art, and media theory at the ATLAS Institute at the University of Colorado Boulder. He received his Masters of Fine Art at the University of California, San Diego with a focus in Computing and the Arts. His artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally at institutions such as the Broad Museum in Lansing, The Power Plant in Toronto, and the North Miami Museum of Contemporary Art. In 2014 Swanson had a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. Most recently he showed work in Personal Structures, an official satellite show of the 57th Venice Biennale. He is represented by David B. Smith Gallery in Denver.

EDUCATION

2005
M.F.A. Computing in the Arts, University of California, San Diego
Thesis: Confessions: A Fictional Overhaul of Saint Augustine

2002
B.F.A. Digital Art, University of Colorado at Boulder
Summa Cum Laude

SOLO/TWO PERSON SHOWS

2017
Sticks and Stones, David B Smith Gallery / Denver, CO (upcoming)

2016
Corruption, Media Live Festival University of Colorado Art Museum / Boulder, CO
two-person exhibition with Steven Frost

2015
Polysemic MOA: Museum of Outdoor Arts / Englewood, CO
A.K.A. David B. Smith Gallery / Denver, CO

2014
XYZ, David B. Smith Gallery / Denver, CO
Joel Swanson: Left to Right, Top to Bottom, curated by Nora Burnett Abrams, Museum of Contemporary Art / Denver, CO

2013
Joel Swanson: Work Inspired by the Media Archeology Lab, Counterpath / Denver, CO

2011
Formalisms / RedLine, Denver, CO

2008
Binarisms / ATLAS Institute, University of Colorado at Boulder / Boulder, CO

2004
Confessions: A Fictional Overhaul of Saint Augustine, Marcuse Gallery/ San Diego, CA
HyperX at ALTX.com / www.altx.com/hyperx

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017
Personal Structures, official satellite show of the 57th Venice Biennale curated by Cortney Stell / Venice, Italy

2016
International Digital Media Arts Association juried exhibition/ Winona, MN
Writ Large University of California, Santa Cruz / Santa Cruz, CA
101 Mediapoetry Festival / St. Petersburg, Russia
Art of the Maker CultureHaus and the Denver Art Museum / Denver, CO
A Few Final Words selected works from the Mark & Polly Addison Collection, curated by Mark Addison / Boulder, CO

2015
DecoSlut, Gildar Gallery / Denver, CO

2014
More than Friends, Ironton Studios / Denver, CO
Culture Catalyst, Celebrating 20 Years of Art at Denver International Airport curated by Jacquelyn Connolly / McNichols Building / Denver CO
Miami Projects, satellite art fair of Art Basel / Miami, FL
Text, DAVA: Downtown Aurora Visual Arts / Aurora, CO
Recognizable Disguises, curated by Jesica Kooiman Parker. Firehouse Gallery / Longmont, CO
Postscript: Writing After Conceptual Art, curated by Nora Burnett Abrams, The Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum / East Lansing, MI

2013
Digital Graffiti Alys Beach / Pensacola, FL
Ice Breaker 4, Ice Cube Gallery / Denver, CO
Not Exactly, RedLine / Denver, CO
Postscript: Writing After Conceptual Art, curated by Nora Burnett Abrams, The Power Plant / Toronto Canada
B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Beamer) / Denver, CO

2012
One Square Foot / Denver, CO
Material Engagements, curated by Harmony Hammond, RedLine / Denver, CO
Postscript: Writing After Conceptual Art, curated by Nora Burnett Abrams, Museum of Contemporary Art / Denver, CO
Blacktop Art Festival, blacktopfestival.com / Denver, CO, 
Optic Nerve, Museum of Contemporary Art / North Miami FL
Digital Graffiti Alys Beach / Pensacola, FL
Museum of Glitch Aesthetics: glitchmuseum.com / Abandon Normal Devices Festival, collaboration with Mark Amerika, Rick Silva, and others / Manchester, UK
Urban Encounters: SightLine / Denver, CO
Interlife Crisis, Fictilis Gallery / Seattle WA
Terminal Net.Art Austin Peay University / Clarksville, TN

2011
Au: Exchange, RedLine curated by Cortney Stell / Denver, CO
Design for the Other 90% Denver, CO
Frame of Mind / Denver, CO
B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Beamer) /  Denver, CO

2010
Informal Show, Redline / Denver, CO
Cross Ties Across Time / Redline / Denver, CO

2009
Binarisms / Digital Arts and Culture Conference, Electronic Literature Gallery / Irvine CA
The Last Book / Multimedia Book Performance, Schindler House / Los Angeles, CA

2008
The 86 Collective / Beta Nightclub / Denver, CO
Ruckus, Repeat, Ruckus: Visual Noise / The Lab / Belmar, CO

2007
The Last Book / Multimedia Book Project collaboration with Steve Fagin, Mary Gaitskill, Leslie Thorton, Davina Semo, and others / Los Angeles, CA

2006
LA Freewaves, Online Archive / Los Angeles, CA
Synesthesia, Empyre / http://.empyre.com
Confessions, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art / Orange County, CA

2005
Supersonic, L.A. Design Center / Los Angeles, CA|
Now Happening, University Gallery / San Diego, CA

2004
FILE, Electronic Language International Festival / Sao Paulo, Brazil
Digital N@arrative, UCLA Hammer Museum / Los Angeles, CA

2003
AIM (Art in Motion) /Sussquahannah Art Museum Philadelphia, PA
9th Floor, Graduate Relocation Project / Los Angeles, CA
Life By Design Conference Exhibition, University of California Irvine / Irvine, CA
Emerging Artists Digital Art Show, The Dairy Center / Boulder, CO

2002
AIM (Art in Motion Festival) / University of Southern California / Los Angeles, CA
Full Frontal, University of Colorado Art Museum / Boulder, CO
Korean Web Art Festival, collaboration with Mark Amerika, Seoul, Korea

 

COMMISSIONED PROJECTS

2016
Ligature (lenticular print) / Twitter
27 piece commission, Hotel Born / Denver, CO
Porte Cochère Design, Hotel Born / Denver, CO
Sincerely, (vinyl wall mural) Halcyon Hotel / Cherry Creek, CO

2012
Terminal Net.Art Commission: http://terminalapsu.org
Urban Encounter: Sightline, Video Art Commission / Denver, CO

CoLLECTIONS

Mark and Polly Addison Collection
University of Colorado Boulder Art Museum
Museum of Outdoor Arts, Englewood Colorado

AWARDS, GRANTS, & FELLOWSHIPS

2017
Black Cube Artist: http://www.blackcubeart.org
Center for Arts and Humanities Grant for project, Personal Structures
Colorado Creative Industries Grant

2015
Nominated for Louise Tiffany Comfort Award: louiscomforttiffanyfoundation.org / New York, NY
Museum of Outdoor Arts Commission: $15,000 award / Englewood, CO

2014
Best of Westword Award: “Best Show Combining Thinking and Seeing Left to Right, Top to Bottom  curated by Nora Burnett Abrams / Denver, CO

2013
Best of Westword Award: “Best Member Art Show” Material Engagements, curated by Harmony Hammod, Denver, CO
Center for Arts and Humanities Grant for project, Logic Only Works in Two Dimensions
Nominated for YES MA’AM COLORADO ARTIST GRANT:  yesmaamprojects.com / Denver, CO
Invited Guest Judge, Digital Graffiti / Alys Beach, FL
Digital Graffiti invited Residency / Alys Beach, FL
Media Archeology Lab Artist in Residence / University of Colorado at Boulder / Boulder, CO

2012
“Most Experimental” winner at Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach / Pensacola, FL

2011
Digital Humanities Research Seminar / University of Colorado at Boulder
Research Award for invited seminar participation
Center for Arts and Humanities Grant for project Sol Lewitt’s Statements on Conceptual Art, Diagrammed
Terminal Award / Commission award for Internet Project, From Here

2009
Visual Science: Technology, Aesthetics, Investigation / University of Colorado at Boulder
Research Award for invited seminar participation

2006
ATLAS Leadership Award, ATLAS Institute / University of Colorado at Boulder

2004
Humanities Grant / University of California, San Diego
Graduate Research Grant / University of California, San Diego

2003
Graduate Fellowship / University of California, San Diego
Teaching Assistantship / University of California, San Diego

2002
Summa Cum Laude Honor’s Thesis in Digital Art / University of Colorado at Boulder

2001
Undergraduate Research Grant / University of Colorado, Boulder
Addison New Media Scholarship / University of Colorado, Boulder

RESIDENCIES

2013
Digital Graffiti Residency / Alys Beach, FL
Media Archeology Lab Artist in Residence / University of Colorado at Boulder / Boulder, CO

2010–2012
RedLine Artist Residency / Denver, CO