Dunkerley Dialogue: Bradley Castellanos '98 and Johnny Swing '84

Presented in conjunction with the third Alumni Invitational organized by the Tang Museum, artists and Skidmore Alumni Bradley Castellanos '98 and Johnny Swing '84 will give short presentations of their work followed by a conversation with Ian Berry, Malloy Curator at the Tang Museum.

Dunkerley Dialogues are generously funded by Michele Dunkerley ’80.

About the Artists

Bradley Castellanos’s mixed-media paintings begin with large-format color photographs that the artist carefully cuts away at before adding layers of oil and acrylic paint and resin. Interested in the relationship between nature and civilization, Castellanos’s most recent body of work depicts figures in rural, forested environments, reveling in the solace of a land that simultaneously bears markers of human’s destructive actions. Born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1974, Castellanos grew up in Florida before receiving his BA from Skidmore College and MFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York. Castellanos’s work has been featured in solo exhibitions at Max & Zavattero Gallery, San Francisco; Caren Golden Fine Art, New York; and Mogadishni Gallery, Aarhus, Denmark. His paintings have been included in group exhibitions at PS.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, New York; Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, New York; Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, New York; Alberto Peola Gallery, Turin, Italy; and the Tang Museum’s “Lives of the Hudson,” among others. Castellanos currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Johnny Swing repurposes everyday materials, such as US coins, baby food jars, wheelbarrows, and satellite dishes, to create furniture, lighting, and other functional sculptures. Decisively combining fine art and design, Swing’s eclectic sculptures are meticulously created; Quarter Lounge uses over 5,000 quarters, which required 27,000 welds to an intricate stainless steel substructure. Swing received his BS in Fine Arts from Skidmore College and completed the program at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. In the late 1980s, Swing began making collaborative sculptures with a group of artists in New York’s East Village before moving to Vermont, where he currently resides. Swing’s work has been featured in solo exhibitions at Knoedler & Company, New York; Cynthia Reeves Gallery, New York; Gallery of Functional Art, Los Angeles; and C Gallery, Santa Fe, among others. His work has been included in group exhibitions at the Museum of Art and Design, New York; LongHouse Reserve, East Hampton, New York; Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, New York; and the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, Brattleboro, Vermont, among others. Swing’s work was featured in the 2010 London Design Festival, and since 2000, has been featured annually at New York’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair.

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