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Seth Orion Schwaiger preparing molds at Keen Foundry, Houston


"Physical process and craftsmanship are important to me, not simply because of the quality they imbue in my work, but because this inherently means spending a great deal of time with the materials and forms that the work is made of. This time creates not only a physical but a metaphoric understanding of the materials and methods by which the material is manipulated. I aim to convey to the viewer this deeper understanding. Plastics, metals, stone and wood, work together to form complex temporal and relational analogies. The work may allude to how the past supports the present, how the present can simultaneously obscure, beautify and revise the past, or, in the figurative works, what it means to take on the attributes of a mirrored cast metal, or a grain ridden timber."

Seth Orion Schwaiger, born 1984, spent most of his childhood in a small town in northern Wyoming. He received his BFA from The University of Wyoming and will receive his MFA from The Glasgow School of Art in 2013. He has also trained as a studio assistant in Cortona Italy, practicing stone carving and as a woodcraft pupil at VKV Cultural Center in Kerala, India. His work has been collected in Italy, Germany, the UK, and the US with large public sculpture at the University of Wyoming in Laramie; Presbyterian Hospital, Dallas, Texas; the Broomhill Sculpture Park, Devon, UK as part of the 2011 National Sculpture Prize Exhibition; and Ozu Cultural Centre in Rome, Italy. Mr. Schwaiger's work has recently been exhibited in the Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien Galleries, Berlin; Sihlquai55, Zurich; and at the Affordable Art Fair in London, with solo shows at the Glasgow Print Studio as well as at the Pentagon Gallery as part of the Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art. His work has most recently been exhibited at Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, San Antonio, also at Art Cellar, London, and Chashama 461 Gallery, New York City.