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York College’s Marketview Arts to feature split exhibition by up-and-coming D.C. artist Martin Swift

August 23, 2017
Martin Swift

Up-and-coming artist Martin Swift, who was recently included in Washington D.C.’s Rising Stars: 30 Under 30, will present a split exhibition in York College’s Marketview Arts, 37 West Philadelphia St., York, from Sept. 1 through Oct. 21. Swift’s collection titled “Carnis” will be featured in Gallery Hall, and “Vacancy” will be featured in the Marketview Gallery and Welcome Center.

The exhibitions are open to the public free of charge. Marketview Arts hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on First Fridays.

“My work explores the nuances of masculinity in America,” said Swift. “Due to unhealthy societal pressure to exhibit traditionally masculine traits like aggression, strength, dominance, courage, and honor males in the United States not only objectify other genders, but themselves as well. This creates something that I refer to as the Paradox of Manliness. 

“My work is a direct response to this Paradox, an acknowledgment of what lies beyond manliness. ‘Carnis’ is a collection of pieces that represent the evolution of this series.”

Of “Vacancy,” he writes: “Through painting and illustration, I seek to reframe the harsh void that exists between childhood and maturity as a world for the absurd. In crafting an abstract narrative punctuated by diverse visual cues and cultural imagery, I trust the viewer to resituate that which I render through figuration and create context and meaning for themselves. I approach my work with a sense of acute deliberateness and endeavor to present a complex map to my world of the weird.”


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