Adam Swanson integrates nature and technology to bring attention to some of Northern Minnesota’s pollinators. Richly-textured insects dominate the canvases among colorful blooms juxtaposed against field equipment and mechanical devices. Swanson explores humanity’s relationship with the environment, highlighting the importance of pollinator species and their tenuous existence. “My recent paintings make scientific data clearer and, most importantly, inspire audiences to learn what can be done to change course.” Bellwether is on view at the DAI’s Lincoln Park Building during the month of No Mow May to celebrate the perennial flowers and community garden on site. Reception includes an artist talk and scientific presentation.
American Foundation for the Blind-approved audio descriptions and tactile representations for the visually impaired are available for select paintings.
Adam Swanson’s work has been exhibited at the The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Visual Arts Center in Cambridge, MA, The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN, The Herbert Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, The South Pole Station in Antarctica, Växjö Konsthall (Museum of Modern Art) in Växjö, Sweden, and Karatay University in Konya, Turkey. Swanson earned his BFA from University Minnesota Duluth and lives and works in Sawyer, Minnesota. This exhibition is in part made possible by the ARAC Established Regional Artist Grant.
Image Credit: Adam Swanson, "Living Like a Monarch," acrylic on cradled panel, 2022, 34” x 48”