Opening tomorrow evening at James Cohan Gallery in New York City is an new exhibition by American artist Erick Swenson, simply titled A Selection of Works. The collection marks the third solo show for the artist at the Cohan Gallery and will include a new large-scale sculpture, titled Ne Plus Ultra, alongside several other works dating from 2001 through today. Ne Plus Ultra is an elaboration on an earlier work by the same title, and depicts a large decaying animal with a scrimshaw-like engraving on the bone structure. The engraving resembles an old mariner’s map and the title translates to “No Further Beyond,” or “Ends of the Earth.”
Other works included are Untitled (2001), a work that was first exhibited at the 2004 Whitney Biennial, featuring a young buck tearing into a Persian rug with his antlers and Untitled (2008), featuring a young doe that is being uplifted into the air by a floating rug.
Swenson lives and works in Dallas, and has completed recent solo exhibitions at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), the Hammer Museum at UCLA and Q.E.D in Los Angeles. The artist received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts in North Texas, Denton.