Untitled III

Tony Swain


About the edition

Part of a suite of three paper clay prints, together with Untitled I & Untitled II.

This series began with some accidental score marks the artist made on bus tickets that were lying underneath another artwork he was making – deliberate gestures captured on an unintended surface. By retrieving these marks, enlarging them and using a mechanical engraving process to transfer inky lines onto the new surface of soft paper clay, he creates a series of varying prints. Each carries its own divergent gestures and unplanned marks as a result of the process.

The artist has located his signature in a different place on the back of each edition, in a response to the individual smudges of ink and marks left during handling and fabrication.

Related Work

Year 2014
Edition of 7
Media Digital engravings on paper clay
Dimensions 21 x 15cm
Signature Signed, numbered and dated by artist on verso

About Tony Swain

Tony Swain was born in 1967 in Lisburn, Northern Ireland and lives and works in Glasgow. He completed a BA at The Glasgow School of Art in 1990. Solo exhibitions include: ‘The Shorter Alphabet’, The Modern Institute, Glasgow (2015), ‘Other Planets are Available’, Kunstverein Freiburg (2015), ‘Undetailed Progress’, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead (2015), ‘Drowned Dust’, Sudden Word, The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh (2012); ‘Afterwards in Pictures’, The Modern Institute, Glasgow (2011); and ‘Impure Passports’, Inverleith House, Edinburgh (2009). Group exhibitions include: ‘X’, Herald St, London (curated by Sarah McCrory 2015), ‘Continue Without Losing Consciousness’, DCA, Dundee,  ‘Le Drapeau Noir’, Glasgow (2010); ‘Scotland + Venice’, Venice Biennale (2007); ‘Herald Street and The Modern Institute present’, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York (2005); and ‘JP Munro, Alex Pollard, Tony Swain’, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow (2004). 

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